Christopher Bidwell joined ACI-NA as Vice President, Security in October 2008. He is responsible for leading the association’s efforts on airport security, facilitation and oversight of ACI-NA’s regulatory activities. He monitors domestic and international aviation security developments, as well as regulatory actions and programs affecting security and facilitation at North American airports. He also serves as committee secretary to ACI-NA’s Public Safety and Security Committee.
Bidwell has represented industry aviation security interests as a member of several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) committees and working groups. He is the chair of the DHS Aviation Sector Coordinating Council (ASCC) and serves as a member of the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), providing recommendations to enhance aviation security.
Prior to ACI-NA, Bidwell was the managing director of security at the Air Transport Association and represented member airlines on aviation security issues. He also served as manager of corporate security for American Airlines, where he was responsible for oversight and compliance with federal security standards and regulations; and as director of safety and security at Reno Air, where he managed the company’s emergency response program. Earlier in his career, he was senior staff investigator of inflight safety and staff engineer of occupational and environmental safety at United Airlines, where he was responsible for ensuring the safety of passengers, employees, aircraft and ground equipment.
Bidwell is a multi-engine, instrument-rated commercial pilot and is a graduate of Central Missouri State University, with a master’s degree in aviation safety.