Airport watch

For decades, airports surroundings have attracted aviation enthusiasts. These enthusiasts have made the airport’s exterior perimeter a privileged environment for their passion, from the simple observation to photographic and video recordings. In North-America, a few airports decided to gain from the passion of theses aviation enthusiasts, commonly called “spotters”. These enthusiasts are familiar with current airport activities and are eager to collaborate with airport authorities and law enforcement agencies in order to contribute to the security of airport perimeters.

In Canada, the first of these initiatives was the Airport Watch program at the Ottawa International Airport which celebrated its tenth anniversary in August 2009. Other Canadian airports, as well as in the United States, also run their own version of the program.

At the end of 2008, Aéroports de Montréal’s instituted their “Veilleurs aéroportuaires” program at both its airports, Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Montreal-Mirabel (YMX) under the supervision off its airport patrol section. The Airport Watch Association, as an Aéroports de Montréal’s privileged partner, contributes to the Airport Patrol’s mandate by observing from the exterior perimeter. They are additional eyes and ears reporting problematic and unusual situations faithfully applying the motto “observe, record and report”. The Airport Watch members also play a role in informing all people around the airport’s perimeter about security and safety requirements.