General Information

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is pleased to present the 17th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit, December 5-6, 2017, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

The 17th Annual AAAE/TSA/DHS Aviation Security Summit continues the tradition of AAAE and federal aviation security policymakers coming together at a joint summit to review the complex issues surrounding aviation security today and to look ahead to challenges on the horizon. The issues and challenges facing aviation security and the relatively new leadership at DHS, TSA and CBP are many, including new and pending legislative requirements, constrained federal budgets, increased focus on operational effectiveness and efficiency, evolving tactics, techniques and procedures by terrorist groups, particularly in public areas, international efforts to raise the global security baseline, and the ongoing vulnerabilities of the insider threat and cyberattacks. Airport operators and aviation industry partners also are facing new regulations and rulemakings, unfunded mandates, increased investments to improve passenger processing, and reduced funding and resources to meet ever-growing requirements for aviation security.

As one of the top-attended security events in Washington, D.C., this important annual summit brings together senior leadership from DHS, TSA and CBP with airport operators and other key players in security policy and operations for an intensive day and a half conference. The interactive format of the summit enables the open exchange of ideas and information on the most important security issues facing the aviation industry. In particular, the summit sessions will focus on issues such as innovation at the checkpoint; international efforts to raise the global aviation security baseline; insider threat; employee screening; airport access control; public area security; cybersecurity at airports; passenger checked baggage and cargo screening operations; legislative initiatives; and domestic and international programs to facilitate passenger travel. The program will also feature the popular Airport Security Shark Tank which provides start-up companies with an opportunity to present their solutions for enhancing airport security and obtain feedback from the industry’s most valuable public and private customers. 

This conference provides the perfect opportunity to join in a dialogue with policymakers from TSA, CBP, DHS and Congress, learn about the latest developments regarding security policy and technology,
and network with key aviation security decision-makers.  Senior DHS, TSA and CBP executives, as well as representatives from other federal agencies and Congress, will speak at the summit. Airport and airline representatives and recognized aviation industry leaders are also invited to participate on the program.