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It's the section most people skip to first; they are the pages we get chased for ever before the issue is due out; and, the contents represent the reality of the broad spectrum of security challenges our industry faces.

Every issue Air Watch provides our readership with news of the incidents of hijacking and sabotage, occurences of unruly passenger behaviour, verdicts in trials and sentences given, threats issued, and some of the happenings which just cannot be otherwise classified. Skyjacks, bombings, brawls, bomb hoxes, rocket attacks, intoxicated passengers, assaults, cyber attacks, insider crime, acts of cockpit laser illumination and close encounters with drones...

Air Watch is your round-up of the news from the two-month period preceeding each issue.


505, 2017

A Personal View Expressed by Ragna Emilsdóttir

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Issue Highlights|0 Comments

It has been exactly 28 years since I undertook my initial training in aviation. My first job as cabin crew was with an ACMI (a wet-leasing arrangement whereby one airline leases an Aircraft, complete Crew, [...]

405, 2017

Laptops: Control, Alt or Delete?

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Issue Highlights|0 Comments

I have no doubt that there is sufficient intelligence out there to warrant concern over laptop computers or iPads concealing, and/or their lithium batteries being adapted to initiate, improvised explosive devices. Actually, we didn’t even [...]

405, 2017

Eyes Wide Shut: are we doing enough to combat one of the most serious human rights violations in today’s world?

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Issue Highlights|0 Comments

Globalisation has certainly increased the availability and opportunities for travellers of all ages, genders and nationalities to cross borders easily and frequently. On any given day there are millions of people in the air as [...]

405, 2017

The UN Security Council Resolution: squaring the circle?

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Issue Highlights|0 Comments

By Dr. Rebekah Tanti-Dougall The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2309 (2016) at its 7775th meeting on 22 September 2016. Through such a resolution, the UN has reaffirmed that terrorism in all forms and [...]

2804, 2017

Dirty Bombs: design and Identification

April 28th, 2017|Categories: Issue Highlights|0 Comments

While our vigilance with regards to the threat of explosives and other weapons remains as high as ever, the relatively low probability of a radiological or nuclear attack means this kind of assault does not [...]

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Philip Baum has been the Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Security International for over 18 years. He is the first point of contact by many of the national and international media outlets when they are in need of expert comment following an aviation security-related incident; as such heregularly commentates for CNN, Sky and the BBC. In January 2010, Philip was used as an expert witness in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into aviation security in the aftermath of the attempted downing of an aircraft by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day 2009.

Philip started working within the aviation industry in the 1980s, when he joined Trans World Airlines’ security subsidiary at London Heathrow. From Duty Manager at Heathrow he moved to TWA’s International HQ where he ultimately became Manager Security Training and Auditing, until leaving in 1996 to establish his own consultancy company, Green Light Ltd.

Philip is now an accredited instructor and courseware developer for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has also co-authored and edited two books on aviation security. Philip has also interviewed persona from government ministers to aircrew and hostages to hijackers (including Leila Khaled)!


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