Aviation


  • Hoaxer jailed after causing bomb scare because he was going to miss his flight

    January 18, 2020

    A passenger who caused a bomb scare on his own flight because he was running late has been jailed for 16 months. Rashidul Islam was due to fly from Gatwick Airport to Morocco to see his fiancee, but his train from Cricklewood unexpectedly terminated at St Pancras. He took a taxi from the train station in Central London but ...

  • T.S.A. Finds Record Number of Guns at Airports in 2019

    January 16, 2020

    The Transportation Security Administration caught more firearms at airport checkpoints in 2019 than in any other year since it was created in 2001, the agency said Wednesday, as part of a steady uptick that its leader called “deeply troubling.” The agency said that it found 4,432 firearms last year in carry-on bags or carried by passengers, ...

  • UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation

    January 14, 2020

    In a statement, the ICAO said that it has appointed senior and expert technical staff, who will now serve as advisors and observers. Few details of Iran’s investigation have been released by the authorities, but Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a televised address that it will be overseen by several experts, and that the judiciary ...

  • Iran plane crash: Ukrainian jet was ‘unintentionally’ shot down

    January 11, 2020

    Iran has admitted “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board. An investigation found that “missiles fired due to human error”, President Hassan Rouhani said. He described the crash as an “unforgivable mistake”. The military said the jet turned towards a sensitive site belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and was then mistaken ...

  • RavnAir revises estimate of damage from cyber attack

    December 31, 2019

    An Alaska air carrier that suffered a cyber attack has experienced more disruption than initially projected, according to a company announcement. The RavnAir Group on Dec. 20 experienced what it called a “malicious” cyber attack on its information technology network, Anchorage television station KTVA reported. The company cancelled some Alaska flights of Dash 8 aircraft and said ...

  • US Issues Terror Threat Warning on Kenyan Airspace

    December 31, 2019

    US Federal Aviation Administration has issued an air travel advisory for all US registered aircraft flying above the Kenyan Airspace due to what it terms as extremist millitia activity. In a report published by the Daily Nation, the US agency warned that aircrafts could be in danger of running into anti-aircraft weapons, especially at low altitudes. ”Aircrafts may encounter ...

  • Atlantic Council releases new report: Aviation cybersecurity: Scoping the challenge

    December 11, 2019

    Today, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, launched a new report titled “Aviation Cybersecurity: Scoping the Challenge” and the results of the first-ever global survey on aviation cybersecurity. The report will be celebrated with a public launch and discussion led by Pete Cooper, report author and Senior Fellow with the ...

  • Nigeria: FAAN Installs Liquid Explosive Detectors At Airports

    December 4, 2019

    The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to deploy new liquid explosive detection system at the airports. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said the detectors which are being introduced in major international airports across the country, would improve the security measures at airports, and effectively combat terrorism. Sirika said the system has been tested and inaugurated ...

  • India’s Comptroller and Auditor General flags loopholes in airport security

    November 28, 2019

    Even as airports in most parts of the country are facing a high level of threat perception, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has flagged several loopholes in the aviation security establishment. The situation at two hyper-sensitive airports, two sensitive airports and one airport where only chartered flights and helicopters were operating, all under the jurisdiction ...

  • TSA officers find high-capacity gun magazines hidden in an infant toy at Orlando airport

    November 27, 2019

    There’s a reason that Transportation Security Administration screens everything. TSA officers discovered two high capacity magazines in an infant’s toy at the Orlando International Airport that was made to look factory-sealed. The security agency disclosed the discover in its “Week in Review” post covering Nov. 4 through Nov. 17. The magazines in the toy were among 205 firearms found ...

  • The algorithms that go into your luggage screening at airports

    November 21, 2019

    When you check in your baggage for a flight, it must be screened before it is allowed on the plane. Baggage screening detects threats within luggage and personal belongings by X-ray analysis as they pass along a conveyor belt. Hold-baggage and passenger screening systems are capable of detecting contraband materials, narcotics, explosives and weapons. Millions of ...

  • FAA downgrades Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to Category 2

    November 11, 2019

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and therefore has received a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating means that CAAM ...

  • DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

    November 5, 2019

    Funds will develop new technology to tackle rising security risks posed by Unmanned Air Systems The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched ...

  • What is spoofing and how can you ensure GPS security?

    October 30, 2019

    As technological advances make GPS/GNSS devices more affordable, our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on precise positioning and timing. The aviation sector has been using precise positioning GNSS for decades to help guide airplanes in landing approaches especially during difficult weather conditions. The American WAAS and the European EGNOS are SBAS reference networks which provide airplanes ...

  • Discover the spray used by Belgian police to train specialist dogs at airports

    October 29, 2019

    The explosive TATP has been used in several deadly terrorist attacks over the past two decades, which is why it is important that police are able to detect it. But the substance is extremely dangerous to handle, making it difficult to train police dogs or to test detector devices in crowded places like airports. That’s why European ...

  • UK govt launches Counter-Drone strategy to tackle drone misuse

    October 23, 2019

    The UK government has launched a new strategy, Counter-Drone, to safeguard the public from malicious or criminal use of drones. As part of the strategy, the government will tackle the misuse of drones by developing a new mobile counter-drone unit. The unit will be dispatched to drone-related incidents and major events across the country. It will be ...

  • French intelligence services thwart ‘9-11-style terror attack’

    October 18, 2019

    A terror plot inspired by the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York has been foiled by the French intelligence services. One person is being held in custody in France on preliminary terrorism charges after apparently planning a September 11-style plane hijacking and attack. According to French paper Le Parisien, the suspect was looking for a weapon to hijack a plane. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on France-2 television on ...

  • Planes, gates, and bags: How hackers can hijack your local airport

    October 11, 2019

    In an increasingly technology-focused world, aviation security is becoming a critical problem. This is not necessarily in reference to protesters disrupting flights or drones that are able to bring prominent airports to a grinding halt for days over the holiday season. Instead, the use of networked systems and tech solutions to do everything from managing your booking to bags ...

  • Blind man climbs on top of BA plane in Extinction Rebellion airport takeover

    October 10, 2019

    An environment activist climbed on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport as part of Extinction Rebellion’s climate protest today. James Brown was taken on to the plane as a passenger and was the first person to board as he is partially sighted. He managed to clamber on to the top of the ...

  • Extinction Rebellion plans to shut down London City airport this week

    October 9, 2019

    Extinction Rebellion is planning to shutdown London City airport for three days later this week. The climate activists, who have been protesting in Central London, said they planned to occupy both the departure and arrivals hall of the airport with the aim of blocking security. The plan is to do a “Hong Kong-style occupation”, which saw one of Asia’s busiest hubs paralysed for ...