Aviation


  • 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 ...

  • Qatar: Hamad International Airport’s new technology allows electronic items to stay in baggage during screening

    July 27, 2020

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) will install new airport security screening technology that allows transfer passengers to keep electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and digital cameras in their hand luggage while going through security checkpoints. The airport says the new technology also allows security personnel to “easily detect explosive materials held in complex items and structures”. Qatar’s ...

  • IATA Launches Aviation Security Intelligence Portal

    June 18, 2020

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the Security Risk Intelligence Portal (SRIP)—an incident reporting tool to help airlines mitigate and manage security risks. The portal also includes the latest state and airport restrictions and requirements imposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. SRIP was developed to improve real-time information-sharing among airlines, airports ...

  • TSA Wants Technology for Passenger Self-Screening at Airports

    June 1, 2020

    The Transportation Security Administration is exploring the possibility of passenger self-screening at airports, similar to self-checkout at the grocery store. On May 21, TSA posted an update to a solicitation originally posted in November. The opportunity, titled Passenger Self-Screening Systems Development, is a “call” under the Homeland Security Department’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Apex Screening at Speed. The BAA ...

  • Airline Industry Applauds New EASA Health Guidelines

    May 21, 2020

    Global aviation groups roundly applauded the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s new set of health guidelines for airlines and airports. The guidelines, issued late Wednesday, outline overlying principles of physical distancing, wearing medical face masks to protect other passengers, and practicing “scrupulous and frequent” hand hygiene. Separately, it noted that industry must assure air passengers and the ...

  • Easyjet hacked: 9 million people’s data accessed plus 2,200 credit card details grabbed

    May 19, 2020

    Budget British airline Easyjet has been hacked, it has told the stock markets, admitting nine million people’s details were accessed and more than 2,000 customers’ credit card details stolen. Some information about the attack was released to the London Stock Exchange by the company, which claimed it had been targeted by “a highly sophisticated source”. Email addresses and “travel ...

  • Countering Drones: Finding and neutralising small UAS threats – Phase 2

    May 12, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative solutions to address the increasing UAS threat to the defence and security of UK both at home and abroad. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply. You ...

  • Heathrow airport will trial thermal imaging facial recognition cameras, ultra-violet sanitation and contactless security measures

    May 6, 2020

    Heathrow airpot is set to trial thermal imaging facial recognition cameras in a bid to spot passengers carrying coronavirus. It is one of a raft of measures the airport is trialling to ensure passenger safety and will be trialled in the next two weeks in Terminal 2. Not only will the technology be able to detect signs ...

  • Airplane Hack Exposes Weaknesses of Alert and Avoidance Systems

    May 4, 2020

    The aircraft safety system known as the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) can be coerced into sending an airplane on a mid-air rollercoaster ride – much to the horror of those onboard. Researchers were able to cobble together an effective method for spoofing the TCAS using a $10 USB-based Digital Video Broadcasting dongle and ...

  • Airbus is developing bomb-detecting ‘electronic noses’ that may one day sniff out viral disease

    May 4, 2020

    Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus is partnering with a small Silicon Valley biotech startup to deploy “electronic noses” in airports and on aircraft, the Financial Times first reported. The sensors had the initial goal of detecting explosives but Airbus is aiming to repurpose the devices to one day also detect contagious viruses such as COVID-19, the manufacturer said on Monday. Koniku ...

  • Crisis-torn airlines scramble to convert empty cabins to cargo

    April 30, 2020

    Once the airline industry’s ugly ducklings, air freighters are now flying high as some of the only airplanes still criss-crossing the skies during the global coronavirus crisis. While these aerial juggernauts hauled freight for low margins, airlines lavished advertising on business travellers and tourists. But with these customers grounded, airlines are rushing to turn passenger planes ...

  • IATA Calls for Global Mutual Recognition by Civil Aviation Authorities

    April 27, 2020

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on regulators to take urgent action to help civil aviation operate seamlessly and safely between states during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to help facilitate the restart when the virus is contained. Specifically, IATA asked states to take the following immediate steps: Work with the aviation industry to ...