The safety and security of an airport can generally be measured by the methods and techniques utilized by a government entity or private agency to protect passengers, personnel, aircraft, and physical and cyberproperty. The emergency response and airport recovery actions are captured in an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP).
Because airports are susceptible to a variety of disruptions — including those that affect operations, cause loss of sensitive data, and create costly recoveries — having an adaptable AEP in place is essential to protecting assets. Effective operational recovery as outlined in an AEP can be gained through continuous training exercises, designed to introduce challenges for each tier of airport operations and public safety management.
Fortunately, there are successful aviation industry training initiatives capable of strengthening the response, recovery and stance of various airport management and security groups by providing metrics-based performance indicators.