Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Security International and Managing Director, Green Light Ltd.
Philip Baum started working within the aviation industry in the 1980s, when he joined Trans World Airlines’ security subsidiary at London Heathrow. From Duty Manager at Heathrow he moved to TWA’s International HQ where he ultimately became Manager Security Training and Auditing, until leaving in 1996 to establish Green Light. Philip is a subject matter expert for the Airports Council International (ACI) in the area of Behavioral Analysis and has worked with IATA on the way behavioral analysis might be incorporated into (what was originally called) the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, the pre-cursor to ‘Smart Security’.
In January 2010, Philip was used as an expert witness in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee inquiry into aviation security in the aftermath of the attempted downing of an aircraft by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day 2009. Philip’s first book, ‘Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing’, published by Summersdale, was released on 29th February 2016. He has also co-authored and edited two other books on aviation security.
Philip is the Editor of ‘Aviation Security International’, in which capacity he has interviewed persona from government, ministers, to hijackers (including Leila Khaled)! He regularly commentates for BBC, Sky News, and CNN, is a sought-after commentator for the press and chairs and/or speaks at a broad range of industry symposia. Philip advocates a common sense-based approach to risk management and rejects tick-box security methodology.