Aviation Security

With more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Wilson James works with some of the UK’s largest airports.

We deliver a diverse range of security services to support the operation of major airports, adhering to safety and security standards whilst maintaining the passenger experience.

Passenger screening

Search and screen is a necessary element for airport security. As an approved Department for Transport (DfT) provider, we create compliant screening solutions to meet all requirements.

Aviation security

Our solutions range from specific individual posts to whole airport services incorporating PRM and cargo requirements. All Wilson James aviation security officers, supervisors and management are trained to the appropriate Department for Transport (DfT) aviation security standard. Where necessary, they also hold relevant SIA licences. Our officers provide the full range of aviation specialised roles to secure the normal airfield operation and any shorter-term projects requiring specific and evolving solutions.


A critical element of aviation security is the vetting of airside workers, security personnel and management.

Wilson James offers assistance with registration to airport ID schemes and provides pragmatic solutions that, whilst compliant with strict EU vetting regulations, incorporate a client’s unique requirements and own processes. Our services are used by a wide variety of companies operating within the aviation industry.


The threat level in the UK is ever changing and airports must react accordingly. No compromise can be made on the quality of training provided to front-line staff to ensure the safety of the travelling public and airport workers. Our aviation security specialists mentor security teams to ensure they are providing the best service possible.

Our classroom-based training includes body, bag and vehicle searching as well as the operation of x-ray and screening equipment including liquid testing and explosive trace detection (ETD).

We also offer coaching and mentoring to airports that require hands-on assistance for their staff.  This can be in body search technique, bag search or just guidance and advice on how to improve current procedures.

Covert testing

Covert testing is a vital requirement within the aviation industry, as monitored by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Wilson James design bespoke tests for each client and review results to determine procedure and highlight any vulnerabilities. This targeted testing provides the client with meaningful data that can be used to build resilience within its security teams.

Passenger Services

Wilson James understands that the passenger experience is key. Find out more