The Ninth Edition of the Aviation Security Manual (Doc 8973/9 – Restricted) assists Contracting States in implementing Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention by providing guidance on how to apply its Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Annex 17 and Doc 8973 are constantly being reviewed and amended in light of new threats and technological developments that have a bearing on the effectiveness of measures designed to prevent acts of unlawful interference. 

 
In light of the applicability of Amendment 14 to Annex 17 on 14 November 2014, new and updated guidance material on areas such as unpredictability, behaviour detection techniques, landside security, and screening of persons other than passengers have been incorporated in this version.

 Existing guidance material has also been reviewed in order to better address the evolving threat to civil aviation, and includes updates on, inter alia, dangerous goods awareness training, screening technology and equipment, screening of vehicles and supplies, air cargo and mail secure supply chain measures, and threat and risk assessment methodology.

 
Requests for copies of the Ninth Edition of Doc 8973 and queries regarding available language editions (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) should be submitted directly to ICAO’s Document Sales Unit (sales@icao.int). As distribution of Doc 8973 is restricted to authorized entities and individuals, sales may be subject to approval by the ICAO Aviation Security Policy Section, and/or by the designated authority for aviation security in each respective Member State of the Organization.