Aviation


  • Manchester Airport train station evacuated over ‘suspicious package’

    September 23, 2019

    Manchester Airport train station has been evacuated and a man detained after reports of a suspicious package. Greater Manchester Police said bomb disposal officers carried out a controlled explosion and a cordon had been put in place. All trains, trams and buses are currently suspended to and from the station. People have been asked to follow directions from ...

  • Emirates first foreign airline to start biometric boarding for US flights

    September 21, 2019

    Emirates will become the first airline outside the US to use biometric technology approved by immigration authorities, so passengers on flights to its 12 US routes can cut time for security checks to two seconds. The airline got approval from the US Customs Border Protection (CBP) for the facial recognition checks at its departure gates and ...

  • TSA moving forward with airport screening system deployment

    September 11, 2019

    Several senators voiced concern over the Transportation Security Administration’s slow rollout of new airport screening technology at a hearing Wednesday. Commerce Committee members Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., questioned acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell about the delay in meeting the TSA Modernization Act requirement. TSA lost about 90 days because a contract for 300 computed tomography ...

  • Air cargo CEOs among new US-UK aviation security group

    September 11, 2019

    A new aviation security advisory group with authority to handle highly classified information affecting the trans-Atlantic market will include air cargo executives from private industry. The Transatlantic Aviation Industry Roundtable (TAIR) will serve as a forum in which DHS, its U.K. counterpart, private-sector companies and others in the aviation sector will meet regularly to discuss trans-Atlantic ...

  • Liquid restrictions to end at UK airports thanks to new technology

    August 25, 2019

    Air passengers will no longer have to take liquids and laptops out of their carry-on bags under new rules coming into force for UK airports to upgrade their security scanners. Similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, the new technology will provide a detailed picture of a bag’s contents and allow images to be visually rotated ...

  • Popular SoC Boards Have An Unpatchable Security Flaw, Leaving Many Automotive, Industrial And Military Components At Risk

    August 21, 2019

    Researchers conducting a routine security audit recently discovered two serious security flaws within a popular brand of System on a Chip (SoC) boards. The security vulnerability undermines secure boot capabilities. What’s most concerning is the fact that the SoC is deployed in several critical components that go into mainstream industry segments like automotive, aviation, consumer ...

  • British Airways E-Ticketing Flaw Exposes Passenger Flight, Personal Data

    August 13, 2019

    A vulnerability in British Airways’ e-ticketing system could enable a bad actor to view passengers’ personal data or change their booking information. A security bug discovered in British Airways’ e-ticketing system has the potential to expose passengers’ data, including their flight booking details and personal information. Researchers on Tuesday said that check-in links being sent by British ...

  • British Airways IT Failure Results In Travel Chaos

    August 7, 2019

    Airline passengers are facing major delays and cancellations after British Airways suffered an IT failure. It is reported that 100 flights have already been cancelled and more than 200 flights are delayed, due to the failure during the peak summer holiday period. This is not the first time this has happened. In 2017, it was thought that human ...

  • Australia: Fake improvised explosive devices slip through regional airport security

    August 1, 2019

    Serious security deficiencies have been uncovered at Townsville Airport, with fake bombs passing through screening undetected. In April this year aviation inspectors, with Home Affairs, conducted what is known as red teaming tests. Two fake improvised explosive devices passed through without being spotted by staff. Last month another device slipped through without anyone noticing. Terrorism expert Neil Fergus ...

  • Cyberattack warning to small plane owners: How your aircraft could be vulnerable

    July 30, 2019

    The alert from the DHS critical infrastructure computer emergency response team. warns that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if a person manages to gain unrestricted access to an aircraft. The alert also recommends that small plane owners restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft the best they can. It warns that access should remain limited until ...

  • Missile launcher found in man’s luggage at Baltimore airport

    July 29, 2019

    A missile launcher was found in a man’s luggage after he tried to bring it back from Kuwait “as a souvenir”, US federal officials said. The military grade weapon was seized at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said. TSA officers called airport police who found the man and detained him for questioning. The unidentified ...

  • EgyptAir executive says no ‘logical reason’ for British Airways cancellations to Cairo

    July 23, 2019

    An executive of state-owned EgyptAir said on Tuesday that British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for several days was “without a logical reason.” The vice chairman of EgyptAir Holding Co, Sherif Ezzat Badrous, told reporters at a ceremony marking the delivery of the carrier’s newest Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner that ...

  • British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

    July 20, 2019

    British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security “precaution”. Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled – and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue ...

  • JetBlue Bomb Scare Set Off with Apple AirDrop

    July 16, 2019

    The feature in Apple mobile devices that allows people to send photos to nearby phones via Bluetooth is at the heart of a terrorism scare on a JetBlue flight over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, a prankster sent a photo of a suicide vest to everyone who had an Apple device on the ...

  • Airport Drone Incidents Spur Development of C-UAS

    June 16, 2019

    Recent incidents have shone a spotlight on the need for counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) in the airport market, with manufacturers set to showcase their systems here at the Paris Air Show. In December, UAS sightings at Gatwick Airport led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights just ahead of the Christmas holidays. This was followed weeks ...

  • Heathrow scanners mean liquids can stay in bags

    June 6, 2019

    Passengers at Heathrow airport will be able to keep their liquids and laptops inside their carry-on bags, once new security equipment is installed. The airport is investing £50m in the computer tomography (CT) security scanners, to be rolled out over the next few years. The technology, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, provides a clear picture ...

  • Extinction Rebellion threatens to use drones in 10-day Heathrow airport protest

    May 31, 2019

    The climate change activists will protest at the airport on 18 June before a 10-day shutdown could begin on 1 July. Extinction Rebellion said it plans “to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow authorities close the airport for the day, to create a ‘pause’ in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, ...

  • New FAA rules for recreational drone flyers introduce temporary no-fly zones and a training requirement

    May 22, 2019

    According to the United States FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report for 2019, the number of unmanned drones is expected to double in the next twelve months from roughly 1.2 million aircraft to nearly 2.4 million aircraft. While commercial drone activity continues to grow, especially as higher-end drone capabilities go down in price, recreational drone usage is also ...

  • Sweeping Changes To NZ Aviation Legislation Proposed

    May 13, 2019

    New Zealand’s government has proposed sweeping changes to the regulation of the country’s aviation sector, from damaged or lost luggage compensation, drug and alcohol management and the assessment of airline alliances, to making it an offence to harm or assault an aviation security officer’s dog. The overhaul was part of a new Civil Aviation Bill announced ...

  • Body scanners to replace metal detectors at airport

    May 13, 2019

    Airport operator, GVK, has called for an expression of interest for the supply of body scanners for installation at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. These scanners will replace the existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners, besides pat-down searches of the passengers to detect metallic objects. “Use of body scanners will save time. Passengers will ...