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Recognising the Professional Security Officer: motivation By Andrew McClumpha

Recognising the Professional Security Officer: motivation By Andrew McClumpha

Two things are constant within aviation security. First, the security officer will continue to be a vital component of an effective, risk reducing security system and second, the aviation security environment is one of continual change. “…well-designed airport transformation efforts often fail because they do not capture the hearts and minds of the workforce…”…
Being Honest About Deception Detection: between popular idea and scientific evidence

Being Honest About Deception Detection: between popular idea and scientific evidence

Deception detection is at the heart of aviation security. With an increasing pressure on practitioners to use methods that enable us to distinguish a truth teller from a liar, it is becoming more important than ever to avoid falling for some common misperceptions in lie detection. Often popular ideas are misaligned with scientific evidence. Among these are the idea that…
Security Awareness: a proactive security measure

Security Awareness: a proactive security measure

Nimrod Matan sets out to demonstrate how security awareness training can be considered, in addition to its significance as a component in the professional development of an employee, a tool for enhancing the security level of the airport. As such, it is an operational challenge as well as a challenge for human resources and compliance departments. For decades, security…
Passenger Profiling: cases for and against

Passenger Profiling: cases for and against

Passenger profiling continues to be a contentious issue with ongoing debates about its use in airports. Managing the growing number of passengers with the same or less resource means identifying people who pose a potential threat will remain a critical challenge. The levels and use of security technology across airports are at the highest levels in history and this is…

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XENOPHOBIA ON THE RAMPAGE: BEHAVIOURAL ANALYSIS HAS NEVER BEEN NEEDED MORE by Philip Baum

I arrived in New Zealand on 13th March this year ready to deliver a training course based on behavioural analysis techniques. As the aircraft made its final approach, I once again considered how I was going to persuade course delegates that the possibility of a serious attack in New Zealand was to be taken seriously and that geographical location was no defence from those whose hearts were filled with hatred or whose minds were awash with desperate…

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23 MARCH 2019: GABORONE, BOTSWANA

Charl Viljoen, a pilot for Kalahari Air Services, completed suicide by stealing a Beechcraft KingAir B200 aircraft A2-MBM and crashing it into the Matsieng Flying Club at the Matsieng Aerodrome. The aircraft belonged to Major Blue Air and was on standby for a medical emergency company at Sir Seretse Khama Airport. The South African pilot had allegedly got into an argument with his wife, who had supposedly filed for divorce the day before, at the club, where he was an uninvited guest. The club, which was hosting 50 attendees for a private function, was evacuated after Viljoen made low level fly pasts before he eventually crashed into it. The club and air traffic control tower were destroyed on impact, and a fire destroyed thirteen parked vehicles.

10 MARCH 2019: CARACAS, VENEZUELA

A shuttle bus transporting Air Europa crew from the airport to their hotel was attacked. Private security guards escorting the crew engaged the assailants in a gunfight, manging to deter them. The bus, scheduled to drop off the arriving crew and collect the crew designated to operate the return flight to Madrid, returned to the airport with both sets of crew members as those arriving, no longer feeling safe in the city, demanded to be flown back to Madrid. Pilot and cabin crew unions demanded that Air Europa cancel its crew layovers in Caracas due to the increasing unrest in Venezuela. Air Europa then introduced an additional stop – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – so the crews could layover there.

20 MARCH 2019: PAPUA, INDONESIA

Gunfire was exchanged between the Free Papua Organization armed separatist (KKSB) group and the Mobile Brigade Corps at Mugi Airport. The Corps were securing a helicopter that had arrived at the airport when the militants fired shots at them. The Corps retaliated injuring two militants, Ipda Rahman and Bharada Ravi Fitrah Kurniawan, and killing one, Bharada Aldi.

6 MARCH 2019: COLOGNE, GERMANY

Three men attempted to steal a cash-in-transit vehicle near the arrivals area at Cologne-Bonn airport. The men shot and injured at least one security guard. They later set fire to their getaway car on the outskirts of the city.

7 MARCH 2019: ALEPPO, SYRIA

Reports emerged that Jihadi rebels attacked Nayrab Airport with missiles. Two people were confirmed dead and at least seven hospitalised.

1 APRIL 2019: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Doan Thi Huong, 30, accepted an alternative charge of 'causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means' for the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong Un, that occurred in February 2017. Previously, Huong faced a murder charge which would have resulted in the death penalty. Huong was sentenced to 40 months in prison – and is expected to be freed next month. Huong was accused of killing Nam alongside Siti Aisyah with a VX nerve agent.

14 MARCH 2019: HOBART, AUSTRALIA

Richelle Marissa Penny, 42, was fined $800 (c. £430) for making a joke about a bomb at check-in before her Virgin Australia flight from Hobart to Melbourne on 14 December. Penny claimed in court that her medical condition made her prone to impulsive behaviour.

19 MARCH 2019: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Marilyn Hartman, 67, was sentenced to 18 months’ probation for evading airport security at Chicago O’ Hare Airport and boarding a flight to London without a ticket in January 2018. Hartman has a decade long history of attempting to stowaway. Previously, Hartman was declared unfit for trial due to her mental health.

13 MARCH 2019: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Reports emerged that a 20-year-old student was fined €380,000 (c. £330,000) in respect of bomb threats he made in October and December 2016. The bomb threats were made to Charleroi airport amongst other locations. The police were able to trace the man from the IP address associated to his messages on his Facebook. He was also sentenced to 300 hours of community service and received a fine of €300 (c. £260).

11 MARCH 2019: CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Larry Davis, former University of Cincinnati basketball coach, was sentenced for assaulting a 23-year-old woman who was asleep on an American Airlines flight from Milwaukee to Charlotte in September 2017. He was sentenced to two years’ probation, ordered to undergo psycho-sexual evaluation, 100 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 (c. £770) fine and pay the victim $1,126 (c. £865).

1 APRIL 2019: TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

A gay couple were told by the Australian government’s travel hotline, Smart Traveller, to act heterosexually when travelling with Royal Brunei Airlines. The couple called Smart Traveller to express concerns of traveling with Royal Brunei Airlines due to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s new law that made gay sex punishable by stoning to death.

28 MARCH 2019: OUTER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND

Farmers who use Stornoway Airport for grazing their livestock face a legal battle from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd who have appealed the Scottish Land Court’s decision that villagers in neighbouring Melbost and Branahuie owned the airport.

28 MARCH 2019: DALLAS, TEXAS

A vehicle crashed into the security guard post near Dallas-Fort Worth’s Terminal C injuring four security officers.

27 MARCH 2019: NOME, ALASKA

Brenda Evak was arrested for protesting the arrival of Governor Dunleavy at Nome Airport. Evak protested Dunleavy for having town hall meetings organised, funded and controlled by Americans for Prosperity, which belong to the Koch Brothers.

28 MARCH 2019: ICELAND

Wow Air, an Icelandic airline, ceased operating after they failed to reach an agreement with investors. Wow Air cancelled all flights and advised passengers to re-book flights with other airlines.

31 MARCH 2019: LARNACA, CYPRUS

Police investigated Larnaca Airport, Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos and My Mall in Limassol after they received emails containing threats of suspicious items at the sites. Furthermore, police investigated a casino in Nicosia after they received a telephone bomb threat.

17 MARCH 2019: DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

A suspicious package was found on the airfield at Dunedin Airport. The airport was closed, and an Air New Zealand flight had to return to Wellington.

26 MARCH 2019: CHANGI, SINGAPORE

A Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai to Changi was escorted back to Changi Airport by the Singapore Air Force after the airline received a call indicating a bomb was on board. When the flight landed a female passenger and a child were taken in for questioning.

15 MARCH 2019: ATHENS, GREECE

A phone call was made to an airport shop about the hijacking of three flights from London to Athens. After the searching the flights, security declared it was a hoax.

1 APRIL 2019: KARACHI, PAKISTAN

A Pakistan International Airlines flight to Lahore had to return to the gate before take-off because of an unruly passenger who refused to move from a premium economy seat to her economy seat. The passenger and her baby were removed from the flight.

30 MARCH 2019: CAIRO, EGYPT

A Chinese man was arrested for stealing from five passengers on an EgyptAir flight from Beijing to Cairo. The man stole belongings from four passengers around him, who were asleep. On his fifth attempt of theft the passenger caught the man and the cabin crew notified the authorities.

30 MARCH 2019: LEEDS, ENGLAND

A passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight from Dublin to Leeds Bradford Airport grabbed a microphone from an air hostess and sang the Leeds United anthem 'Marching on Together'.

30 MARCH 2019: MADURAI, INDIA

Leader of the Bharatiya Forward Bloc, K.A. Murugan, and seven others were arrested after an IndiGo flight from Chennai to Madurai. The group allegedly stood up during the flight with slogans that demanded that Madurai Airport be named after their late political leader, Muthuramalinga Thevar.

25 MARCH 2019: FUERTEVENTURA, SPAIN

A drunk woman was removed from a Ryanair flight that had landed in Fuerteventura from Stansted. It is alleged that the woman began to become disruptive during the last twenty minutes of the flight and began to abuse another passenger who told her to calm down. The unruly passenger’s partner told the passenger “let’s take it outside”. Fellow passengers cheered when the woman was removed from the flight.

31 MARCH 2019: HONG KONG, CHINA

An intoxicated 35-year-old man attacked police officers at Hong Kong International Airport. The man was lying on the floor in the arrivals area when police approached him and gave him a stool to sit on. He then proceeded to kick an officer and used the stool to try and attack the officers.

26 MARCH 2019: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A passenger was arrested on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare airport for walking around naked. The man was allegedly attempting to board a flight.

28 MARCH 2019: NAIROBI, KENYA

Brittany Packnett and Symone Sanders alleged that they were attacked by a drunk British man whilst waiting in the Kenya Airways and Delta lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for their flight to the US. They state that they requested the man to be quiet because he was swearing and shouting on the phone. He then put his middle finger up at them, threw water at Packnett and pushed her.

23 MARCH 2019: MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Benjamin Hopkins, 27, was arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport for vandalising a bathroom in Terminal 2’s exclusion room. Hopkins was denied entry into Hong Kong for being too drunk and placed on a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila. Allegedly, Hopkins resisted arrest and assaulted officers.

19 MARCH 2019: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Kosuke Takeda, 47, a Japanese official of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare was arrested at Gimpo International Airport for assaulting an airline employee after being told to wait for boarding. Takeda allegedly kicked the employee in the groin when he was being restrained, also shouting “I hate Koreans”. This was the second disorderly incident by Takeda, who was denied entry on a flight two days earlier for pushing a Japan Airlines employee in the face. It is alleged that during both incidents Takeda was drunk. The Japanese government later apologised.

24 FEBRUARY 2019: CHATTOGRAM, BANGLADESH

Palash Ahmed attempted to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight en route to Dubai from Dhaka, with a scheduled stopover in Chattogram (Chittagong). It was initially reported that Ahmed was carrying a gun and explosives and that he had fired two shots. Later, it was found that the gun and explosives were fake and that the shot sounds were caused by “cracker-like substances”. Ahmed demands were to speak to his wife and to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about his wife. When the plane landed in Chattogram, Special Forces negotiated the release of all passengers and crew. When the hijacker refused to leave, the authorities launched an eight-minute raid to remove him from the aircraft, resulting in Ahmed being shot. He later died from his injuries.

4 FEBRUARY 2019: KHARTOUM, SUDAN

A Sudanese deportee attempted to hijack Tarco-Air flight 103 en route from Cairo to Khartoum. Crew managed to restrain the man and the flight continued safely to its intended destination.

31 JANUARY 2019: NAPAKIAK, ALASKA

A 16-year-old attempted to hijack a Yute Commuter Service plane during its four-minute flight from Napakiak to Bethel. The teenager, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Piper Cherokee, briefly grabbed the plane’s yoke causing the plane to dive towards the ground. A female passenger sitting behind the teenager was able to restrain him, allowing the pilot to regain control of the flight and return to Napakiak.

4 FEBRUARY 2019: KHARTOUM, SUDAN

A Sudanese deportee attempted to hijack Tarco-Air flight 103 en route from Cairo to Khartoum. Crew managed to restrain the man and the flight continued safely to its intended destination.

22 JANUARY 2019: KHANTY-MANSIYSK, RUSSIA

An Aeroflot flight heading to Moscow from Surgot was forced to land in Khanty-Mansiysk after Pavel Shapovalov attempted to hijack the flight to Afghanistan. Shapovalov claimed to have weapons and attempted to break into the cockpit; the aircrew convinced him that the aircraft needed to land and refuel in order to reach Afghanistan. The man was arrested on landing; no weapons were found on him and initial medical exams showed no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system.

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