Security measures on board Swiss aircraft

Security officers known as Tiger or Fox Agents are deployed at airports to check passengers and to prevent criminal acts on board Swiss aircraft in international commercial aviation. The purpose of these security measures is to prevent hijacking and blackmail. The Air Navigation Ordinance and the Ordinance on Aviation Safety Measures issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) form the legal basis of these measures. Responsible for the training and deployment of the security officers is fedpol.


The security officers deployed on board Swiss civilian aircraft (Tiger agents) and on the ground at particularly sensitive foreign destinations (Fox agents) are recruited and trained by the Federal Security Service’s Aviation Security Unit. These agents comprise cantonal and municipal police officers, officers from the Border Guard Corps and members of military security from the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).


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