Transportation


  • 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 ...

  • Miami International Airport: Fly through security with new screening technology

    September 21, 2020

    Security screening at Miami International Airport in the post-COVID-19 era just got easier, thanks to the installation of seven state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner will now be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The ...

  • Alert issued to UK universities and colleges about spike in cyber attacks

    September 17, 2020

    British universities and colleges have been warned about a spike in ransomware attacks targeting the education sector by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. Academic institutions are being urged to follow NCSC guidance following a sharp increase in attacks which have left some teachers fearing they won’t be able to accept ...

  • Boeing hid design flaws in 737 Max jets from pilots and regulators

    September 16, 2020

    Boeing hid design flaws in its 737 Max jet from both pilots and regulators as it raced to have the airplane certified as fit to fly, according to a damning congressional report into why two of the aircraft crashed within months of each other last year, killing 346 people. The report by the US House of ...

  • UK: Interim report says derailed Stonehaven train hit rocks and gravel

    September 10, 2020

    A train derailment that left three men dead in Aberdeenshire was caused by it hitting a pile of washed-out rock and gravel, an interim report has found. The driver, conductor and a passenger died when the 06:38 Aberdeen to Glasgow service crashed after heavy rain near Stonehaven on 12 August. The interim report by Network Rail said ...

  • IATA Urges Aviation To Prepare For The COVID-19 Vaccine

    September 9, 2020

    IATA is urging airlines to start preparing for the transport of billions of COVID-19 vaccine shots. While a vaccine seems to be, optimistically, a few months away, the industry must make extensive preparations to carry it. The airline association is also pushing carriers to prepare for the surge in capacity needed to fulfill the vaccine ...

  • DARPA’s SIGMA Program Transitions to Protect Major U.S. Metropolitan Region

    September 4, 2020

    On a blustery winter day last December, a car carrying radioactive material approached one of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s major transportation hubs. As the car got closer, an alarm flashed and sounded on a large monitor in the police operations center, identifying on a digital map the exact location of ...

  • Mark Fuhrman looks at the state of airport security post-‘Shoe Bomber,’ highlights glaring vulnerability

    September 2, 2020

    ‘How would you detect a plastic explosive inside a computer unless you’re sure the computer works first?’ Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman examines security at the nation’s airports in the latest episode of his Fox Nation show “The Fuhrman Diaries.” The episode, available on Sept. 28, looks at changes that were instituted after the case of Richard ...