Aviation


  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...