Transportation


  • 1,500 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight

    December 22, 2020

    More than 1,500 lorries are stuck in Kent waiting to leave the UK as politicians thrash out a plan to reopen France’s border to trade and travel. France shut its UK border for 48 hours on Sunday amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. More than 50 countries have now banned UK arrivals. Home Secretary Priti Patel ...

  • European neighbours ban travel from UK due to new coronavirus strain

    December 20, 2020

    A host of the UK’s European neighbours have banned travel from the country due to a new more infectious strain of coronavorus that has spread rapidly across England and Wales. As other European countries continue to deliberate on bringing in similar measures, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy are among the countries to have announced bans of ...

  • UK and EU remain far apart in post-Brexit trade talks as deadline looms

    December 20, 2020

    British and EU negotiators are continuing talks over the weekend but remained divided on Sunday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said Sunday that the EU is “continuing to make demands that are incompatible with our independence. We cannot accept a deal that doesn’t leave us in control of our own laws or waters.” The EU parliament ...

  • UK: Unknown object comes within 10ft of aircraft in high-risk near-miss at Leeds Bradford airport

    November 23, 2020

    A report revealed that the object presented a “high” risk of collision with the plane during the incident on 1 September. According to the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses between aircraft, “the object appeared without warning and there was no time to act.” The pilots of the Boeing 737 both reported seeing a bright light ...

  • Adventures in MQTT Part II: Identifying MQTT Brokers in the Wild

    November 18, 2020

    The use of publicly accessible MQTT brokers is prevalent across numerous verticals and technology fields. I was able to identify systems related to energy production, hospitality, finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, building management, surveillance, workplace safety, vehicle fleet management, shipping, construction, natural resource management, agriculture, smart homes and far more. Hackers have been sounding alarms about this ...

  • Russia focuses on freeze-dried vaccine doses as transport fix

    November 16, 2020

    Russia expects to produce primarily freeze-dried Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine doses by the spring, a top official said, eliminating the need for transport at ultra-low temperatures as part of an ambitious plan to inoculate its population. Vaccine developers globally are scrambling to work out how to ship and store their vials, some of which must be ...

  • TSA seeks enhanced screening capabilities for air cargo

    November 5, 2020

    Federal regulators want to improve industry’s ability to perform air cargo security checks and explosives detection technology to help meet forthcoming international requirements for screening 100% of export freight on all-cargo aircraft, the Transportation Security Administration’s air cargo chief said Thursday. Since 2010 all cargo riding in the bottom of passenger airplanes must go through a ...

  • Nearly 200 European airports at risk of insolvency due to COVID-19 impact, warns a new report

    October 28, 2020

    Nearly 200 airports across Europe are at risk of insolvency due to the collapse in air travel, the European airports’ trade body has warned. A report by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has estimated that 193 airports on the continent “face insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the ...

  • European holidaymakers to blame for COVID second wave, says health expert

    October 28, 2020

    The “mass movement” of European holidaymakers keen to relax after lockdowns lifted this summer is largely to blame for the continent’s second wave of coronavirus infections, a public health expert told Euronews. “Anybody who drives down the motorways in France in August will see the lines of Dutch caravans moving south, almost like a migration of ...

  • Tanker stowaways: ‘Hijacking’ ends after UK special forces storm ship off the Isle of Wight

    October 26, 2020

    Seven people were detained when military forces stormed a tanker suspected to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight. Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour standoff which started when stowaways on board the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda reportedly became violent. The stowaways, believed to be Nigerians seeking UK asylum, were handed over ...

  • Cocaine worth $500m found hidden in charcoal shipment

    October 21, 2020

    Police in Paraguay have found a record 2.3 tonnes of cocaine hidden among a charcoal shipment destined for Israel. They said the drugs had an estimated street value of $500m (£383m). It is the largest drugs seizure police have made in the South American country. The cocaine was found in a container at Terport, a private port ...

  • TSA checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport gets new state-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint scanner to improve explosives detection

    October 21, 2020

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A new state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint and improves the capability for TSA officers to determine ...

  • Data watchdog issues biggest ever fine over airline cyberattack

    October 16, 2020

    British Airways has been fined £20 million for “unacceptable” failures that led to personal details of hundreds of thousands of customers’ data being being stolen by hackers in 2018. The fine represents the largest financial penalty issued by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to date and is based on GDPR data protection regulation. The incident started ...

  • Dstl’s new counter-terrorism facility opened by The Queen

    October 15, 2020

    The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, officially opened Dstl’s new state-of-the-art Energetics Analysis Centre and met specialist scientific staff. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been given a rare Royal visit during the COVID-19 pandemic to showcase the science inside defence and security when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The ...

  • 3rd gun found in 5 days on passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport

    October 13, 2020

    Transportation Security Administration agents caught a Texas man with a handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday, which was the third gun found on passengers in five days. Last Tuesday, TSA agents stopped two passengers with guns at an airport checkpoint. “What would make someone think they could bring a loaded gun onto an airport is beyond ...

  • Next-gen ACAS X just as vulnerable to spoofing as its predecessor

    October 6, 2020

    Aviation boffins have found that next-gen collision aircraft avoidance systems appear to be just as vulnerable to signal spoofing attacks as older kit. In a paper distributed via ArXiv, computer scientists at the UK’s University of Oxford and Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement analyzed the Airborne Collision Avoidance System X (ACAS X), due to be ...

  • German police say suspicious device found on train near Cologne not explosive

    October 3, 2020

    Police in Germany said on Saturday a suspicious device found on a regional train overnight near the western city of Cologne was not explosive and did not pose a threat. A statement said bomb specialists investigated the object, which contained nails and black powder, after it was discovered by a cleaner in a cardboard box hidden ...

  • Afghanistan: Taliban Damages Kandahar-Uruzgan Highway – MoD

    October 1, 2020

    The Afghan Ministry of Defense said Thursday in a statement the Taliban insurgents destroyed major parts of the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway. According to the statement, the Taliban Wednesday night damaged most part of the road in Andlan area of Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, which is the main road for citizens traveling to any of ...

  • IATA and UNOCT to Cooperate on Countering Terrorist Travel

    September 24, 2020

    GENEVA –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel Programme). The memorandum was signed today by UNOCT Under-Secretary-General Mr. Vladimir Voronkov and Director General and CEO of IATA, Mr. Alexandre de ...

  • Competition Update: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

    September 21, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking innovative proposals to develop and improve explosives and weapons detection capability. The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection is funded and supported by the Home Office, Department for Transport (DfT), Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory ...