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Aviation / Airline / Airport

  • Struggling to adhere to strict airport regulations? 

  • Tired of manually creating and chasing references? 

  • Want a seamless integration to Criminal Record Checks and GSAT training? 

  • Want a way to automatically fill out AirportGateway applications? 


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Aviation Background Check

Aviation Overview

VettingGateway is a simple online platform where you can complete all the regulatory checks needed to ensure you're adhering to airport regulations. Complete employment reference checks, GSAT, DBS and accreditation checks all in one place. Watch our video below to find out how using VettingGateway can speed up and simplify your background checks, or contact us here for a demo. 
VettingGateway in Aviation
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“VettingGateway is an integral part of our background checking process. Without it, we’d be completely unable to manage such a large pool of people.”

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“I think VettingGateway is literally amazing, it makes vetting such an easy process and it’s so step by step and constant reminders.”

How can we help in Aviation?

The Aviation industry is a highly regulated environment and its important your applicant’s undergo the correct background check, such as obtaining a 5 year career history and a basic UK DBS. VettingGateway is bought to you by the aviation experts at IDGateway, so you can trust that we're able to help. Our simple to use platform will make referencing your applicants straight forward and most of all ensure you’re compliant. Automatic chasing reduces the need for you to intervene and means more of your references are turned around as quickly as possible. In fact, VettingGateway has an average turnaround time of just 22 days for aviation checks, which is considerably faster than the industry standard of 4-5 weeks.

Checks for Aviation

We'll help you work out what checks you need for each role.

Already know what you need?

Check the full list of available checks for the Aviation industry.

Discover the process of how to submit your authorised signatory application so that you can apply for Airside Passes for your roles

If your business works in the aviation industry or you contribute to the industry in any way find out below what background checks might be suitable for you and your teams. 

Not Sure Which Checks
What checks do I need?

As per the Aviation Security regulations in the UK, in order to obtain an airside ID card (airside pass) you must conduct a background check on your applicant. This must include as a minimum...

  • An employment history check including any gaps over 28 days in the preceding 5 years

  • Criminal record check

  • Proof of identity check

Your applicant must also have a legitimate operational need to have an airside ID card and therefore access to secure areas of an airport (critical part).

From 1st January 2022, enhanced background checks will become a mandatory regulation in order to obtain Airside passes at UK airports. Read more HERE.

What is the critical part of an airport?

Simply put, the Critical Part of an airport (also known as the Restricted Security Area and Restricted Zone) is the area of the airport found once you pass through security. It’s the approved area of an airport whereby access is controlled and security measures put in place to help ensure the security of civil aviation.

Critical Access

Individuals who we know require a check to access the restricted areas (or critical part) of an airport, such as Pilots, can be identified easily (also see Airside ID Card).

Roles requiring an Airside Pass

  • Pilots

  • Cabin Crew

  • Baggage Handlers

  • Dispatch Staff / Ground Staff

  • Retail Staff

  • Catering Staff

*Anyone who needs access to the critical part of an airport

Non Critical Access 

However, you may have employees who deal with airside passes or work in the business who don’t require access to the critical part of an airport, such as office / management staff or those requiring landside passes.

Some clients will choose to reference all office based and airside side to the same airside pass standard, however you may wish to reference by role and reduce the referencing standard for lower risk roles. For example, conducting a 3 year employment history check for office based workers instead of 5 years for an airside pass holder.

Roles that may require other checks

  • Finance Manager

  • Director

  • Administration staff

  • HR Team Member

Non Critical Access Checks

You may have a senior finance manager who requires an additional credit check, a director who needs a directorship check or admin staff who just require a DBS. Your HR team may even have certain documentation or forms that also need to be completed as part of the background check. However your business decides to reference its employees, we can help you uphold your chosen standard and documentation.

Whatever your business needs, we can help you uphold your chosen standard and documentation.

All Aviation Checks
All Aviation Checks

Here is a comprehensive list of all the checks used in the Aviation industry and supported by VettingGateway:

Are you a current user of AirportGateway?

If so, or you know the aviation checks you require, sign up here to start referencing your applicants and using our simple to use integration with AirportGateway.

Don’t forget that VettingGateway allows you to mix and match vetting criteria to make your perfect background checking bundle, meaning you never have to compromise on your existing processes and standards.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just contact our team!

Authorised Signatory Process

How do I become an authorised signatory at an airport? What steps should I take so I can reference and submit my applicants for an airside pass?

Become a signatory

FAQs for Aviation

  • Why can’t I just conduct social media checks manually?
    As Social Media Checks rise in popularity, employers are advised to avoid the temptation to manually check the social media accounts of their candidates. The risks of compliance breaches and human bias are, quite simply, too great. Here are just some of the problems associated with manual Social Media Checks: Breaches in data and privacy laws Inaccurate information – it’s easier than you might think to check the wrong person Human bias and error Cumbersome and time-consuming – it is virtually impossible to scan and collect social media data as comprehensively as a purpose-built algorithm Candidate Experience – a candidate is likely to have a much more favourable view of an employer if they trust that their social media will not be accessed by a human. The impartial nature of using software to conduct a Social Media Check means that employers won’t lose the trust of their new hires during the background checking process.
  • What platforms are checked?
    The individual(s) you invite for Social Media Checks will be given the option to select from a range of commonly used platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Medium, Tumblr
  • What is included in the Social Media Check Report?
    At the end of each Social Media Check, you will be provided with a comprehensive but easy-to-read report highlighting any issues uncovered within the 7 key index measures. These include: Extremist groups Swearing & profanity Negative sentiment Hate speech Violent images Potential nudity Toxic language
  • How long does a Social Media Check take?
    The time to conduct a social media check depends on the number of accounts being scanned. A typical Social Media Check takes around 15 – 20 minutes from the point of consent being given to a report being generated.
  • Are Social Media Checks legal?
    With VettingGateway, you can be sure that your checks are compliant and legal. The platform ensures consent is obtained and that all scans are conducted consistently, eliminating any chance of human bias or error, that come from manual checks, which could later lead to disputes.
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