Introduction to Human Factors in Aviation Security

2-day training course | Classroom & In-company
  • Explore the principles of human factors in aviation security
  • Learn how to optimise human performance and staff motivation
  • Examine how human factor principles can be used to maintain a positive security culture
  • Learn how to apply human factor models in aviation security
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Course overview

What is Human Factors?

Human Factors (HF) is a multi-disciplinary science that aims to understand the way that people’s characteristics, capabilities and limitations work within a socio-technical system. HF research looks at a range of situations such as the design of equipment and tasks, training and selection. This knowledge needs to be applied to the aviation security environment (including but not limited in the maintenance of a robust security culture) which is dynamic and constantly changing.

Understanding how people actually perform under operational circumstances enables the development of systems and procedures that support people to contribute to aviation security.

Course Overview

This course provides delegates with an overview of the principles of human factors and how to exploit these practically for optimising performance and motivation within the operational environment of the aviation security system, including but not limited to screeners. The course also explores how human factor principles can be used to maintain a positive security culture.

Who should attend?

Individuals with responsibility for local or national responsibility for workforce supervision and/or management, including regulatory provision, job design, performance management and motivation.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Capabilities and limitations of individuals
  • The link between motivation and performance
  • Design of job roles around human factor principles
  • Practical application of human factors models in aviation security
  • Learning from the safety world
  • Human factors in aviation security incidents
  • Human factors and security culture
  • Regulatory requirements

Course objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will demonstrate an understanding of the following through activities, exercises and interactive discussion:

  • Understand human factor capabilities and limitations and how they affect human performance in an aviation security context
  • Develop and explore the approaches to the understanding of human factors within their organisation
  • Putting into practice the practical assessment and management of human performance
  • Understand how human factor principles can be used to support a positive security culture.


The course is suitable for delegates with no prior human factors experience and/or knowledge.

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We can also tailor this training course to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered virtually or onsite in a classroom at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

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Meet our instructors: Human Factors in Aviation Security

Meet our instructors: Human Factors in Aviation Security

Nina Smith

Meet our instructors: Human Factors in Aviation Security

Kevin Sawyer

Nina Smith

Introduction to Human Factors in Aviation Security

Nina joined the CAA in 2014 as part of the transfer of the aviation security function from the Department for Transport after a previous military career. She is the Head of the Aviation Security Training and Human Factors team at the CAA, working within the wider Aviation Security Directorate. Her responsibilities include the regulation and quality assurance of security training in the industry, implementation of security culture and capacity building in the area of human performance and factors.

Nina is the current chair of the Training Taskforce at the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), and contributes to ECAC’s international training activities as part of the CASE project as an instructor. She is also a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Training Working Group and a qualified National Aviation Security Auditor.

Kevin Sawyer

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Kevin has 18 years of experience working in regulatory roles in the transport sector. Kevin has been working for the UK CAA since 2014, primarily in Aviation Security regulation but also in General Aviation and most recently as aviation security lead in CAAi. Prior to joining the UK CAA, Kevin spent 12 years with the Department for Transport in a variety of security-related roles ranging from compliance, policy, strategy and head of personnel security and vetting. Kevin has significant experience of working on a number of high-profile security events and policies both domestically and internationally with a focus on risk management. Kevin has an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

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