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French Airports Implement Aircraft Security Search

Certain French airports now require an “Aircraft Security Search” procedure to be performed on the day of departure.

The requirement is based on the EU regulations and the implementation in France is a result of a national audit performed by the French Civil Aviation Authority in 2017. The following airports are currently implementing the Aircraft Security Search procedure:

Who is concerned?

The Aircraft Security Search procedure applies to all aircrafts. However, the aircrafts arriving from the following countries/territories are exempted from the procedure: 

  1. 1U countries (28): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprys, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  2. EEA/EFTA countries (4): Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein
  3. Canada
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Greenland
  6. Guernsey
  7. Isle of Man
  8. Jersey
  9. Montenegro
  10. United States

Important: The Aircraft Security Search procedure applies whether your flight is private, commercial, charter, air ambulance, or a ferry flight – the flight status or the aircraft registration has no importance in regards to the procedure. The only thing that matters for any exemption is the country/territory where the flight originated from. 

What is the Security Search about?

The following elements must be included in the Aircraft Security Search:

Flight Information Aircraft Interior Aircraft Exterior
Flight Number Flight Deck Aircraft Holds
Date Storage Area in the Galleys Service Panels
Aircraft Registration Lavatories Bays
Airport of Origin Catering Trolley and Containers Wheel Wells
Destination Airport Seat Pockets Fuselage
  Area Under the Seats Engines
  Area Between Seats AOG Spare in Hold
  Area Between Seats and Bulkheads  
  Jump Seats  
  Trash Bins  
  Overhead Compartments  
  Pax and Crew Storage Compartment  
  Life Vest Bags: 5-10% is to be checked
Who performs the Security Search?

The Aircraft Security Search is the responsibility of the flight crew upon the aircraft departure. The designated person(s) must fill out, date and sign a security search form, and hand the form over to the handler once completed. The handler will store the form until the completion of the flight or for a maximum 24 hours.

Where to get the form?

There is no official form to be used. Operators are encouraged to provide their own form containing the above described elements at a minimum. Click below for a sample form. 

Will the Aircraft Security Search become an EU-wide procedure?

Chances are that an increasing number of European airports will implement the Aircraft Security Search procedure in the future as it’s roots are in the European Community regulations. Please consult the EU regulations for detailed information:



Security Level 3: The overall assessment of threats in France is Medium. In general, the security concern visitors to France are most likely to encounter is crime. Petty crime is common, particularly in the country's larger cities. Strikes in the public and private sectors occur frequently and may disrupt services used by travelers, including transportation. Street demonstrations also occur regularly throughout the country, frequently disrupting traffic. Although protests are usually peaceful, they sometimes devolve into violence. The threat of terrorism perpetrated by Islamist militants such as those affiliated with or inspired by alQaeda or the Islamic State (IS) and other extremist elements represents a continuing threat in France. Several terrorist attacks have occurred in France in recent years. Future attacks could involve largescale bombings or less sophisticated but still deadly smallerscale assaults. Additionally, there is a persistent threat posed by radicalized individuals who are capable of carrying out "lone wolf" attacks that are difficult to detect or prevent. Domestic terrorist groups most notably the Corsican National Liberation Front (FLNC) have carried out occasional attacks in France in the past, but the frequency of attacks has significantly decreased and foreign visitors are rarely affected.

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