News – April 2019

 


  • Battle for Tripoli escalates as fighting nears Libyan capital

    April 7, 2019

    The battle for Tripoli escalated on Sunday as a military assault on the city by the eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar led to 21 deaths and nearly 90 injuries, and international calls for calm were ignored. As the fighting neared the capital, the UN issued a plea for a temporary ceasefire to allow the wounded ...

  • Funding boost for aviation security innovation

    April 5, 2019

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is making more funding available for innovations that enhance aviation security measures, courtesy of the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS – a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Home Office which was set up to improve aviation security by funding and supporting the development of innovative ...

  • A polymer added to fuel could have saved the twin towers, researchers say

    April 4, 2019

    Scientists at Caltech have developed a new type of polymer that prevents fuel from misting during an explosion. The breakthrough could decrease the amount of damage caused by industrial accidents and terrorist attacks. Had the new polymers been added to the fuel of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, the Twin Towers might ...

  • TSA Improved Covert Testing but Needs to Conduct More Risk-Informed Tests and Address Vulnerabilities

    April 4, 2019

    To test security screening at U.S. airports, TSA regularly tries to sneak guns and simulated bombs through checkpoints or in checked baggage. TSA changed its testing practices to better identify and address screening vulnerabilities. We observed 26 covert tests and reviewed the test program and how results are used. We found that TSA’s ability to run ...

  • Brexit: Police warn MPs and campaigners not to inflame tensions

    April 4, 2019

    Politicians and campaigners should take care not to “inflame” tensions in the UK caused by Brexit, a senior police chief has warned. Chairman of the National Police Chief Council (NPCC), Martin Hewitt, said people should think carefully to avoid inciting others to violence. Police have 10,000 officers ready to deploy at 24 hours’ notice as part of ...

  • Government funds research into knife-detection technology

    April 1, 2019

    Six UK companies have been funded a share of more than £460,000 to fast-track innovative technologies that aim to detect people carrying knives in crowded places such as streets, railway stations and major events. Distinguishing concealed blades from other items such as keys and coins is challenging for the police, particularly among large crowds. Now, with funding ...

  • SITA: We need complete confidence in data security for aviation

    April 1, 2019

    Information security and air transport are inextricably linked. That is not only because of the mission-critical nature of much of the industry’s data but also because of air transport’s growing dependency on data, sharing and new digital ways of working. It’s why ISO27K is a critical standard for a global IT provider to achieve. With aviation customers in ...