Aviation


  • FAA clears pilots to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

    December 12, 2020

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday determined that commercial pilots and air traffic controllers subject to FAA medical clearance may receive Pfizer’s newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration Friday night authorized the vaccine’s public use on an emergency basis after an extensive review of its safety and ability to protect against the virus, ...

  • The mystery of the Gatwick drone

    December 1, 2020

    A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy police investigation, no culprit was ever found. So what exactly did people see in the Sussex sky? Soon after 9pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018, an airport security officer who had just finished his shift at Gatwick airport was ...

  • UK: Unknown object comes within 10ft of aircraft in high-risk near-miss at Leeds Bradford airport

    November 23, 2020

    A report revealed that the object presented a “high” risk of collision with the plane during the incident on 1 September. According to the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses between aircraft, “the object appeared without warning and there was no time to act.” The pilots of the Boeing 737 both reported seeing a bright light ...

  • TSA seeks enhanced screening capabilities for air cargo

    November 5, 2020

    Federal regulators want to improve industry’s ability to perform air cargo security checks and explosives detection technology to help meet forthcoming international requirements for screening 100% of export freight on all-cargo aircraft, the Transportation Security Administration’s air cargo chief said Thursday. Since 2010 all cargo riding in the bottom of passenger airplanes must go through a ...

  • Nearly 200 European airports at risk of insolvency due to COVID-19 impact, warns a new report

    October 28, 2020

    Nearly 200 airports across Europe are at risk of insolvency due to the collapse in air travel, the European airports’ trade body has warned. A report by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has estimated that 193 airports on the continent “face insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the ...

  • TSA checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport gets new state-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint scanner to improve explosives detection

    October 21, 2020

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A new state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint and improves the capability for TSA officers to determine ...

  • Data watchdog issues biggest ever fine over airline cyberattack

    October 16, 2020

    British Airways has been fined £20 million for “unacceptable” failures that led to personal details of hundreds of thousands of customers’ data being being stolen by hackers in 2018. The fine represents the largest financial penalty issued by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to date and is based on GDPR data protection regulation. The incident started ...

  • 3rd gun found in 5 days on passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport

    October 13, 2020

    Transportation Security Administration agents caught a Texas man with a handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday, which was the third gun found on passengers in five days. Last Tuesday, TSA agents stopped two passengers with guns at an airport checkpoint. “What would make someone think they could bring a loaded gun onto an airport is beyond ...

  • Next-gen ACAS X just as vulnerable to spoofing as its predecessor

    October 6, 2020

    Aviation boffins have found that next-gen collision aircraft avoidance systems appear to be just as vulnerable to signal spoofing attacks as older kit. In a paper distributed via ArXiv, computer scientists at the UK’s University of Oxford and Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement analyzed the Airborne Collision Avoidance System X (ACAS X), due to be ...

  • Prague Airport Enhances Cyberattack Protection with New Cyber Security Operational Center

    October 1, 2020

    Václav Havel Airport Prague has launched operations of one of the most modern and technically advanced cyber security workplaces in the Czech Republic. The new Cyber Security Operational Centre (CSOC) is designed to strengthen the protection of the strategic infrastructure of the largest international airport in the country against cyberattacks and to prevent the misuse ...

  • IATA and UNOCT to Cooperate on Countering Terrorist Travel

    September 24, 2020

    GENEVA –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel Programme). The memorandum was signed today by UNOCT Under-Secretary-General Mr. Vladimir Voronkov and Director General and CEO of IATA, Mr. Alexandre de ...

  • Miami International Airport: Fly through security with new screening technology

    September 21, 2020

    Security screening at Miami International Airport in the post-COVID-19 era just got easier, thanks to the installation of seven state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner will now be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The ...

  • Boeing hid design flaws in 737 Max jets from pilots and regulators

    September 16, 2020

    Boeing hid design flaws in its 737 Max jet from both pilots and regulators as it raced to have the airplane certified as fit to fly, according to a damning congressional report into why two of the aircraft crashed within months of each other last year, killing 346 people. The report by the US House of ...

  • Mark Fuhrman looks at the state of airport security post-‘Shoe Bomber,’ highlights glaring vulnerability

    September 2, 2020

    ‘How would you detect a plastic explosive inside a computer unless you’re sure the computer works first?’ Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman examines security at the nation’s airports in the latest episode of his Fox Nation show “The Fuhrman Diaries.” The episode, available on Sept. 28, looks at changes that were instituted after the case of Richard ...

  • Mark Fuhrman looks at the state of airport security post-‘Shoe Bomber,’ highlights glaring vulnerability

    September 2, 2020

    ‘How would you detect a plastic explosive inside a computer unless you’re sure the computer works first?’ Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman examines security at the nation’s airports in the latest episode of his Fox Nation show “The Fuhrman Diaries.” The episode, available on Sept. 28, looks at changes that were instituted after the case of Richard ...

  • Op-Ed: How disinfection will define travel in 2020 and beyond

    August 23, 2020

    For many of us, long, socially-distanced days in quarantine are made better by the hope that someday—hopefully soon—we’ll dust off our passports, pack our bags, and head out on a new adventure to see the world, reunite with loved ones, and maybe even check a few travel destinations off our bucket list. As travelers approach a ...

  • Air Force One with Trump on board nearly hit by drone, report says

    August 18, 2020

    Air Force One, with Donald Trump aboard, was nearly struck on Sunday night as it approached a military airport outside Washington, according to reports. The aircraft appeared yellow and cross-shaped, and came near the executive jet around 5:54pm on Sunday, according to wire reports. Mr Trump was returning from a long weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, ...

  • Air traffic down, gun seizures up at U.S. airports

    August 11, 2020

    Airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. And 80 percent of the guns are loaded. The discoveries at airports comes at a time when U.S. gun sales are surging, and analysts believe many of those purchases are being made by first-time buyers. Officers seized just over 300 ...

  • Chinese tech companies could face trouble in Europe

    August 8, 2020

    Huawei. TikTok. Who’s next? The United States government this week launched a new phase in its campaign to push back on Chinese technology firms, announcing efforts to block cloud and software companies from China from thriving in the West. The move was flanked by a decision Thursday to block business dealings with social media company TikTok and ...

  • Regulators and airport operators join forces to promote Open Architecture in Airport Security Systems

    July 31, 2020

    Regulators and airport operators from across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East have joined forces to promote the introduction of open architecture in airport security systems. In a paper published yesterday, prepared by Heathrow Airport Limited and Avinor AS and endorsed by a wide range of regulators and airport stakeholders, the authors and ...