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Congo’s Ebola Management: a lesson for an effective chem/bio response

Congo’s Ebola Management: a lesson for an effective chem/bio response

I love my work. Aviation security is a fascinating field to operate in. And to top it all, it has taken me to the most wonderful places on Earth, places that it is very likely I would not be able to visit otherwise. In recent years, I have been travelling quite frequently to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo Kinshasa, sometimes referred to as the DRC). The DRC is…
Metal Detection Technology: walk-through, hand-held, hand-worn, stepped upon and sat on

Metal Detection Technology: walk-through, hand-held, hand-worn, stepped upon and sat on

Civil aviation remains a prominent target for terrorism and other criminal activity. As such, there is a need to continuously evolve and update security procedures, techniques and, of course, technology. The industry must remain open to new technologies such as advanced imaging technologies (also known as full-body scanners). We must also ensure the continued research and…
AIRSIDE CRIME: RED ALERT AT THE AIRPORT!

AIRSIDE CRIME: RED ALERT AT THE AIRPORT!

Dealing with crime has always been a primary responsibility of public security agencies. However, in the airport environment the main concern of the aviation security authorities is to ensure the safety of the restricted area and to prevent acts of unlawful interference in civil aviation. Rodrigo Magno discusses airside crime cases, highlighting the importance of aviation…
The Legacy of the ‘Miss Macao’ hijack: 70 years

The Legacy of the ‘Miss Macao’ hijack: 70 years on

Seventy years ago, in 1948, four armed Chinese men hijacked ‘Miss Macao’, a Catalina seaplane operated by a Macau Air Transport Company. The incident resulted in the aircraft crashing into the Zhujiang River estuary, killing all but one of the 27 people on board. This was the first recorded hijacking of a commercial aircraft in aviation history. Charles Zhao Yichuan…
SeMS Myths, Fantasies and Fake News: five lessons

SeMS Myths, Fantasies and Fake News: five lessons

Andy Blackwell and John Wood have been delivering practical and strategic SeMS (Security Management System) solutions for the past five years. Here they share their experience and expertise. Flat earth, ‘fake news’ and SeMS Our planet was once believed to be square and stationary; intrepid navigators returned home with fantastic stories of what they had seen (even…
2D or not 2D, that is the Question: integrating CT technology at today's checkpoints

2D or not 2D, that is the Question: integrating CT technology at today’s checkpoints

The X-ray machine has been a staple component of aviation security operations for decades, but as throughput rates increase as fast as the number and types of threats we face, technology has had a tough time keeping up. Joseph Paresi discusses the benefits of implementing computed tomography (CT) at checkpoints and examines the progress being made in the technology. At a…

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MH370: Suicidal pilot, parajacker or, perhaps, stowaway?

On 30th July, Dr Kok Soo Chon, the investigator in charge of the Malaysian flight MH370 safety investigation, stood before the world’s media and declared that “there was no record of malfunction or defect in the aircraft that could have contributed to the disappearance.” The statement, made on behalf of the Malaysian government in the aftermath of the cessation of all search activities, was part of the presentation of the latest report into the…

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28 JULY 2018: IMPHAL, INDIA

It was reported that one person died after Al Shabab launched a mortar attack on Barawe Airport shortly after a military helicopter landed there.

24 JULY 2018: POTSDAM, GERMANY

A police helicopter pilot abandoned a search for a missing person after his cockpit was targeted twice by a laser beam, affecting his eyesight and causing him to seek medical attention.

24 JULY 2018: MOPTI, MALI

Ambodedjo Airport was hit by two shells ahead of presidential elections on 29 July. No casualties were reported and nobody claimed responsibility for the attack.

22 JULY 2018: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

14 people were killed and at least 60 wounded after a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Kabul International where crowds had gathered to greet Vice President Abdul Ashid Dostum, who had been in exile since May 2017.

27 JULY 2018: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Helen Butcher, 51, was jailed for 21 weeks after pleading guilty to two counts of assault, one of being drunk on an aircraft and one of using threatening words or behaviour. Butcher was travelling with her daughter when she became intoxicated on wine, punched a male member of cabin crew in the groin and launched a homophobic verbal tirade against him during a TUI flight from Manchester to Kos on 27 June.

27 JULY 2018: BALITMORE, MARYLAND

Deo Mugabe, 26, was indicted with fourth-degree sexual abuse on an aircraft, abusive sexual contact and assault in connection with an incident on a flight from Houston to Baltimore on 29 May when he sexually assaulted a passenger seated next to him.

26 JULY 2018: GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

It was reported that Vineeta Whyte, also known as Kimberley Lee, a 37-year-old porn star, pleaded guilty to making racist comments to police in exchange for another charge (pretending to take naked selfies in a Frankie & Benny's restaurant at Glasgow Airport) being dropped. Whyte was placed on an 18-month community payback order, which does not impose any community work but ensures Whyte is supervised by social workers over the period.

26 JULY 2018: ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

Kenneth McArthur, 39, pleaded guilty to four charges of assault in connection with an incident on 23 May, in which McArthur pushed, spat at, kicked and attempted to headbutt Border Force workers at Aberdeen International.

25 JULY 2018: LONDON, ENGLAND

Christopher Pattinson, 58, attempted to sue British Airways for thousands of pounds in compensation, complaining he was 'harassed' by drunken football fans during a flight from Newcastle to Las Vegas. He claimed the men put their feet up on his headrest, became intoxicated and rowdy, and refused to sit for landing. The court ruled that BA could not be held responsible for their passengers' behaviour.

29 JULY 2018: KATHMANDU, NEPAL

A Flydubai flight to Dubai was delayed by more than 10 hours after cabin crew reported that their captain was behaving strangely and subsequent tests showed that he had been drinking.

25 JULY 2018: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Isabelle Kumar and her family were removed from an Emirates flight from Dubai to France because she had requested that her son, Eli, who suffers from autism, severe learning disabilities and epilepsy, have a window seat with a vacant seat next to it in case he had an epileptic fit. Eli had been cleared to fly by doctors and the family had already completed the first leg of their journey from New Zealand, but Emirates insisted on a medical certificate in order for Eli to fly. After at least seven hours of waiting, the family eventually managed to board a flight to Geneva. Emirates issued a public apology to the family.

25 JULY 2018: BAGHDAD, IRAQ

An Iraqi Airways pilot and co-pilot began brawling during a flight from Mashhad, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq. The fight allegedly began when the pilot told cabin crew not to give the co-pilot a food tray because he had not asked permission to eat. The quarrel continued after landing, and the pair are under investigation and facing lifetime bans.

25 JULY 2018: DELHI, INDIA

A premature baby was found dead in the toilet of an AirAsia flight from Imphal to New Delhi via Guwahati. Medics confirmed the baby had been a stillbirth and was most likely delivered in the toilet. A 19-year-old woman was arrested.

22 JULY 2018: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

A dog managed to break free from its cage in the hold of an Aeroflot flight from Saint Petersburg, as it descended into Moscow, and opened the hold door by scratching at the door release button. The door was found 15-20cm ajar upon landing.

29 JULY 2018: SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA

A bomb threat was issued against a VivaAir flight from Santa Marta to Bogotá. The threat was thought to have been issued by Mario Alejandro Buitrago Gutiérrez, who had been due to join the flight but was denied boarding due to an excess of baggage. Passengers were kept on board the plane for two and a half hours after landing in Bogotá while checks were carried out.

23 JULY 2018: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

Bryon Brown, 32, called emergency services three times from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, claiming that the airport was going to blow up. Brown later told police that he had made the calls because he suffers from mental illness and needed help.

21 JULY 2018: MUMBAI, INDIA

Qutubudin Hatimbhai Shahiwala, 28, called airport officials to inform them that a 26-year-old Yemeni woman was carrying a bomb in her bag. Nothing suspicious was found on the woman, and she revealed that she had met Shahiwala on a dating website and rejected his proposal of marriage after discovering that he was not as rich as he had claimed.

11 JULY 2018: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast City Airport was evacuated after a bomb threat was issued against it. The threat was thought to have been made by members of the terrorist organisation, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), after the group announced that they would be causing major disruption throughout the city as part of Eleventh Night celebrations. Although a number of viable devices were discovered in locations around the city, nothing suspicious was detected at the airport, and operations resumed the same day.

9 JULY 2018: AHMEDABAD, INDIA

A Vistara flight to Delhi was delayed for three hours after a threatening phone call was made to the airline's customer service centre in Goa.

31 JULY 2018: HELSINKI, FINLAND

Aino Pennanen, the legislative secretary of Finland's Greens party, refused to take her seat on a Finnair flight to Berlin when she found out that one of her fellow passengers was being deported. Pennanen was removed from the flight but later defended her actions by drawing attention to flaws in the country's deportation procedures.

29 JULY 2018: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

A London-bound Norwegian Air flight was evacuated prior to take-off after a passenger became upset over his seat assignment and made a comment about a bomb.

29 JULY 2018: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Singer and reality celebrity Tamar Braxton and her sister Towanda allegedly refused to follow Delta cabin crew's instructions and appeared to attempt to delay take-off from Minneapolis while they decided whether to take a different flight to Las Vegas. The sisters apparently decided to deplane but refused to take their luggage with them, prompting cabin crew to order them to sit down. The sisters recorded a video of the pilot sternly telling them to obey his crew and posted the video on social media accusing him of ridiculing them and of racial discrimination.

26 JULY 2018: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

It was reported that an intoxicated male passenger attempted to fight with security officials during boarding of his flight to Yakutsk. He was removed from the flight and allegedly continued to lash out at airport employees as he returned to the terminal.

31 JULY 2018: KELOWNA, CANADA

A 54-year-old man was stabbed in the carpark of Kelowna International after attempting to intervene when he came across a theft in progress. The man was taken to hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

28 JULY 2018: MUNICH, GERMANY

Munich's terminal two was evacuated, 330 flights cancelled and others grounded for seven hours after a 40-year-old woman managed to breach security by slipping past officials and entering a secure area. The breach was reported after 15 minutes. Estimated damages resulting from the incident total €1 million (c. £890,000) and three security agents were dismissed.

27 JULY 2018: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

A Kuwaiti woman, 32, and her 29-year-old partner became violent towards customs officials after being told that their dog would have to remain in quarantine. A female customs employee was hospitalised after the woman attacked her, along with four others who received injuries while trying to intervene.

25 JULY 2018: ZHENGDING, CHINA

A woman travelling with a young child repeatedly slapped a female airport employee after being told she could not jump a queue to board her flight unless she asked permission from other passengers first. The employee retaliated by hitting and kicking the woman back.

20 JULY 2018: PORT LINCOLN, AUSTRALIA

A 71-year-old airport employee was hit on the head with a bat after attempting to break up a fight in the airport car park. Three men and one woman were arrested in connection with the incident

1 JULY 2018: RÉAU, FRANCE

A helicopter piloted by a flying instructor was hijacked by three unidentified gunmen and used to break infamous gangster, Rédoine Faïd, from a French prison. After a dramatic escape, the helicopter was found abandoned and partially burned out in a field near Charles de Gaulle airport. The pilot was released unharmed.

15 APRIL 2018: ZHENGZHOU, CHINA

An Air China flight from Changsha to Beijing diverted to Zhengzhou after a 41-year-old male passenger by the name of Xu attempted to take a female member of cabin crew hostage using a fountain pen as a weapon. Xu was reported to have aggressively held the fountain pen to the flight attendant’s throat while shouting for others to stay away. The incident was eventually resolved and no-one was injured. Xu was reported to have a history of mental illness.

8 MARCH 2018: JOINVILLE, BRAZIL

Daniel da Silva, 18, was pulled from the burning wreckage of a helicopter that crashed during what is believed to have been a hijacking attempt. Pilot Antonio Mário Franco Aguiar, 57, and co-pilot Bruno Siqueira, 20, were both killed. Da Silva was allegedly hijacking the helicopte

3 JULY 2017: HILLSBORO, OREGON

Holden Gorka, 25, attempted to commandeer a helicopter at gunpoint as a flight instructor and a student were preparing to take off. Gorka was fatally shot by a police officer after he abandoned his plan to seize the aircraft and attempted to run into a nearby field.

18 MARCH 2017: LAHORE, PAKISTAN

An Ethiopian Airlines flight, en route from Addis Ababa to Beijing, diverted to Lahore after a suicidal male passenger tried to enter the cockpit by force. The assailant was extremely violent, making it difficult for the crew and passengers to restrain him. However, a Chinese bodybuilder, Cao Guoxiong, managed to overpower the hijacker. Reports indicate that the captain exited the flight deck and assisted Cao in applying restraints.

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A Personal View

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, like many other European airports, is facing another busy summer. Flying is more popular than ever thanks to a better economy and relatively low fares. Meanwhile, we ha...

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