Aviation


  • US embassy staff member attempts to bring bomb with fuse to Moscow airport – Ministry

    March 9, 2019

    A US embassy staff member attempted to enter Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Saturday morning carrying a bomb with a fuse but with no explosives in his luggage, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS. “On the morning of March 9, personnel scanning the luggage of a US embassy staff member detected an item that ...

  • BA seeks patrolling on routes out to 30 nautical miles at Islamabad International Airport

    March 9, 2019

    British Airways, which is planning to commence operations in Pakistan from June 2/3, 2019 is reportedly worried about threat from Man-Portable Air Defence System (ManPADs), seeking patrolling at 30 nautical miles during the arrival and departure of its aircraft, well informed sources told Business Recorder. British High Commission in Islamabad, sources said, is in contact with the ...

  • Airports scramble to handle drone incidents

    March 5, 2019

    Drones have become an increasing nuisance for airports worldwide in recent months, and good solutions to keep them from interfering with flights aren’t yet available. Airports in various cities — including Newark, New Jersey; Gatwick, England; Dublin, Ireland and Dubai — have grounded planes in the last three months following drone sightings. The incident at Gatwick in December proved especially disruptive, impacting the ...

  • Brussels Airport failed to spot bomb belt security test

    February 28, 2019

    “On 1 October last year, I was asked to try to pass the security checkpoint with a fake bomb belt”, said the mystery passenger, HLN reports. “The belt looked very credible, with wires, a detonator and a substance that had the same density as real explosives,” added the passenger. When being searched, the passenger pretended to be a ...

  • Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show

    February 27, 2019

    In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled. As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil ...

  • Dubai-bound plane hijack attempt foiled in Bangladesh

    February 24, 2019

    An airplane hijack drama unfolded Sunday early evening at Chittagong airport in Bangladesh ended by late evening with a military operation that injured the suspected hijacker, according to a senior Bangladeshi official. The gunman was arrested in the commando operation inside a Biman Airlines flight BG147 with around 150 passengers, which made an emergency landing at ...

  • New drone safety partnership with business launched as government sets out plans to limit drone misuse

    February 20, 2019

    The government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have today (20 February 2019) announced a new partnership with the retailer Jessops, as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones. Working with the CAA, the government is dialling up a campaign to help educate the public about responsible drone ...

  • Drones: Safety or Security?

    February 18, 2019

    Since drones first came on the market, we have seen a number of stories about the very real potential for in-flight contact with commercial aircraft, and several temporary airport shutdowns because of reported close-calls.  FAA has just posted two new rulemaking notices regarding drones, with comments due April 15, 2019.  But from a security perspective, ...

  • Flights resume at Dubai airport after ‘drone activity’

    February 15, 2019

    Flights in and out of Dubai airport were put on hold for half an hour this morning following reports of drones flying in the area. The suspension at the world’s third busiest airport lasted between 10.13am local time (6.13am GMT) and 10.45am, a spokesman said. Traveller Andrew Todd posted on Twitter that thousands of people were “sitting ...

  • U.S. must prevent air accidents involving drones, lawmaker warns

    February 8, 2019

    The commercial drone industry could be torpedoed if there were a serious accident involving a drone and a commercial aircraft, the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee warned on Friday. Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, said at a speech in Washington that regulators had to take the threat seriously. “This is really serious when ...

  • ‘Extremely dangerous’: Drone threat to firefighters

    February 7, 2019

    Police say a drone has been seen flying in the vicinity of the massive fire near Nelson and are urging the pilot to ground it. “Drone activity has the potential to stop all helicopters responding to the emergency fire situation. This is extremely dangerous and our priority is to ensure the helicopters can continue with their ...

  • Flaw in Multiple Airline Systems Exposes Passenger Data

    February 7, 2019

    Researchers have discovered that multiple airline e-ticketing systems do not encrypt check-in links. The security faux pas could allow bad actors on the same network as the victim to view – and in some cases even change – their flight booking details or boarding passes. Security researchers at Wandera said that eight airlines have been sending ...

  • Councils cannot afford regional security upgrades, say experts

    February 7, 2019

    Aviation security experts say regional airports are vulnerable to crime, but local councils do not have the money to make them safer and promised counter-terrorism funding is yet to be released. The Federal Government announced in last year’s budget that $50.1 million over four years would be made available to upgrade screening equipment at regional airports. The bulk ...

  • A record 4,239 guns were seized at U.S. airports last year

    February 7, 2019

    A record number of firearms were discovered at U.S. airport checkpoints last year, with more than 4,200 guns found at 249 airports nationwide, according to new government data. More than 86 percent of the guns found were loaded, according to the Transport Security Administration (TSA). The airports that saw the most firearms discovered sit along the Sun Belt, ...

  • Questions linger days after TSA worker jumped to his death at Orlando International Airport

    February 4, 2019

    It’s business as usual at Orlando International Airport, but the city it serves and the people who work there want to know one thing: Why would a TSA worker jump to his death inside one of the busiest parts of the airport? Investigators say the 36-year-old Robert Henry finished his TSA shift Saturday morning. Henry, who had ...

  • Brisbane Airport security trial keeps laptops, liquids in your bag

    January 31, 2019

    One of the biggest hassles of international travel has to be the airport security checkpoint, where passengers have to fish laptops, tablets with keyboards, powders, liquids, aerosols and gels out of their bag and present them separately for screening: but a new trial at Brisbane Airport aims to change that. Thanks to a new computed tomography ...

  • Qatar and UK sign MoU on civil aviation security

    January 31, 2019

    The State of Qatar and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) related to providing explosives control equipment by the British side to enhance civil aviation security in Qatar. The MoU was signed by President of the Civil Aviation Authority Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey and Deputy Director for Aviation Security International Operations ...

  • The European Commission has adopted new measures to improve aviation security in the European Union

    January 28, 2019

    On 23 January 2019, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 as regards clarification, harmonisation and simplification as well as strengthening of certain specific aviation security measures. The amendments concern measures in the areas of airport security, the revision of the rules on background check in order to enhance security culture and resilience, ...

  • Britain to provide Libya with explosive detection equipment

    January 23, 2019

    Britain has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to provide explosive detection equipment to Libya’s Mitiga International Airport. British ambassador to Libya Frank Baker, and the Head of the Libyan Airports Department, Mohamed Bait al-Mal, signed the MoU, said a statement issued by the Libyan airports authority. “The signed MoU aims to establish joint cooperation ...

  • Man charged over Heathrow drone incident

    January 20, 2019

    A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on Christmas Eve. George Rusu, 38, allegedly used a drone on a field near one of the two runways at Britain’s busiest airport on 24 December. The alleged incident happened just three days after Gatwick fully reopened following three days of flight cancellations and delays, ...