Aviation


  • Airport Council International (ACI) releases security screening best practices during COVID-19

    March 20, 2020

    As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to unfold, Airports Council International (ACI) World has gathered the following best practices from airports and screening authorities to help protect screeners, passengers and staff while preserving aviation security objectives. Checkpoint management Prior to passengers or staff approaching screening points, hand sanitizers and disinfection products should be provided. If health screening ...

  • UK MoD put pressure on regulators to delay drone safety warnings, documents reveal

    March 9, 2020

    The Ministry of Defence put pressure on regulators to delay safety warnings about a new drone it planned to fly over British skies to avoid tipping off protesters, according to official documents obtained by the Guardian. They reveal how the ministry was embroiled in a behind-the-scenes row with British safety regulators over the US-built drone, which was being ...

  • Australia: Aviation Security Enhancement Program

    February 25, 2020

    Our role at airports is changing. The Aviation Security Enhancement Program (ASEP) is delivering improved aviation security at Australia’s nine designated airports; Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Cairns, Gold Coast and Perth. The ASEP will increase the number of AFP officers at airports, enhance training of our members and aviation stakeholders, increase intelligence capability and ...

  • 737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

    February 19, 2020

    Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several new planes which were in storage, awaiting delivery to airlines. The head of Boeing’s 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable”. A Boeing spokesman said the company did not see the ...

  • Passenger jet carrying 172 passengers nearly shot down over Syria, Russia says

    February 7, 2020

    An Airbus A320 jet carrying 172 passengers was nearly shot down on its approach to the Syrian capital, Damascus, shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after Syria fired antiaircraft missiles in response to an attack, according to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Russian news agencies reported Friday. Russia accused the Israeli air force of using the passenger plane ...

  • U.S. Air Force E-11A plane crashed in a Taliban held-territory in Afghanistan

    January 27, 2020

    A US Air Force E-11A plane crashed in Taliban-held territory in south-west Afghanistan. The initial reports indicated it was an Afghan Ariana passenger plane that crashed in Ghazni province with 83 people on board, but late the state-owned Afghan Ariana rejected the report and said in a statement that all their flights have been conducted normally. The ...

  • Afghan army helicopter gunned down in Helmand

    January 25, 2020

    Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter crashed down in Kajaki district of southern Helman province on Saturday, as a result of which four Afghan soldiers were wounded. According to the 215 Maiwand Corps, the helicopter was shot down while landing, with no accurate information on who committed the shooting. An unknown source within the Afghan security forces reported ...

  • Airports Council International and The Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center enter cooperative agreement

    January 23, 2020

    Airports Council International (ACI) World and A-ISAC announced today they have signed an agreement that better enables ACI members to join the A-ISAC for access to airport-specific cyber threat intelligence and actionable data that will enhance their ability to build cyber resiliency. Both organizations play an active role in supporting the global aviation network; by increasing ...

  • 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 ...