Philip Baum is a security professional, with an international civil aviation background, whose reputation is built on his common-sense approach to risk management and his desire to enable others to think outside the box and develop effective security solutions capitalising on human intuition and the intelligent use of technology.
Philip devised and developed T.R.A.P.® (Tactical Risk Assessment of People), a risk-based security system based on non-racial profiling, observational and questioning techniques. He has chaired the Behavioural Analysis series of conferences (2018, Cardiff; 2019, Minneapolis; and, in 2020, online).
Philip 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.
He left, in 1996, to establish Green Light, through which Philip serves as a subject matter expert for the Airports Council International (ACI) in the area of Behavioural Analysis and runs training courses for them accordingly. Likewise, Philip designs and delivers the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Inflight Security courses and has worked with IATA on the way behavioural analysis might be incorporated into airport security checkpoints.
He was appointed Visiting Professor, Aviation Security by Coventry University in 2018.
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 has been the Editor of Aviation Security International since 1997, although, sadly, the December 2020 issue was the final issue of the journal. Meanwhile, the general media utilise Philip’s services when in need of expert comment; he is a regular guest on CNN, Sky News and the BBC.
Philip’s first book, ‘Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing’, was released on 29th February 2016.