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THREAT IMAGE PROJECTION: CARROT, STICK OR BOTH?

There are various methods of assessing X-ray screener performance. Covert testing and red teaming exercises are all well and good but they are time consuming and not suitable for evaluating all of the screeners on a regular basis. Computer-based training certainly has a rôle to play in both educating the front line and driving up standards, but the screener knows when…
Ramon International Airport: securing a diamond in the desert

Ramon International Airport: securing a diamond in the desert

Ramon International Airport is the newest addition to the Israel Airports Authority’s list of operational assets. In this article Nissim Ben-Ezra and Roni Tidhar walk us through Ramon’s unique security challenges and tell us what it takes to ensure this desert diamond is secure. Inaugurated in April 2019, Israel’s new Ramon International Airport is located 19km north…
Oplan Bojinka Revisited: THE PLOT AND ITS LEGACY

Oplan Bojinka Revisited: THE PLOT AND ITS LEGACY

Twenty-five years ago, members of the al-Qaeda organisation planned and plotted the destruction of 11 airliners over the Pacific Ocean. The plot served as the basis for the attacks of 11 September 2001. The plan, entitled Oplan Bojinka, still resonates to this day in terms of aviation security and the global impact of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. John Hatzadony examines…
FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICERS: still a case for arming pilots?

FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICERS: still a case for arming pilots?

Despite the increased assistance from advanced technologies, one element of aviation security remains irreplaceable: the human. Shortly after the attacks of 11 September 2001, the United States of America deployed Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs) to assist in making its nation’s skies safer for its airlines, crews and the traveling public. Today, politicians and US…

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Ordered a pizza by telephone recently? “Hello! Giulia's Pizza?” You expect the answer to be a ‘yes’, but instead it’s, “No sir. It's Google's Pizza.” You ask if it’s a wrong number, but the response is, “No sir, Google bought Giulia’s Pizza. Do you want your usual?” Your usual? How do they know what you normally order? So you ask if they know you. “According to our caller ID data, over the last 12 months, you have ordered 11 thick…

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19 SEPTEMBER 2019: SARATOV, RUSSIA

It was reported that Gagarin International Airport’s advertising display boards in the men’s toilets, were allegedly hacked as they were broadcasting pornographic material.

11 SEPTEMBER 2019: MOYALE, KENYA

Three suspects on motorcycles stole an estimated 42 million Kenyan Shillings (c. £331,365) from an aircraft at Odda airstrip. The aircraft was transporting the money from Nairobi to Moyale Town for Equity bank. Roba Diba, a Moyale bank operations manager, was later charged in connection with robbery and with using violence against Nelson Langat, a Wells Fargo Limited officer who was escorting the cash.

3 SEPTEMBER 2019: BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA

A police helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing when a gang opened fired on it. The gang was conducting a heist of a cash-in-transit van that was travelling from Bloemfontein to Botshabelo. The gang threatened the security guards, blew open the van with explosives and left with cash.

5 SEPTEMBER 2019: MIAMI, FLORIDA

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, an American Airlines mechanic was arrested for sabotaging a 150-passenger aircraft in order to get paid overtime. In July, Alani had glued a hard foam substance inside a tube that connects the air data module to an outside sensor. The aircraft was subsequently grounded after the pilot aborted take-off due to an error message. Alani, who is a member of the mechanics’ union, was frustrated at the contract negotiations between the union and the airline (the union was encouraging their members to slowdown work). Alani was identified on CCTV footage accessing the navigational compartment for seven minutes.

9 AUGUST 2019: 7 SEPTEMBER 2019: CHEK LAP KOK, HONG KONG

Hong Kong International Airport has been a continued target for those protesting against police brutality, the government and its proposed extradition law. Between the 9-11 August there was a planned sit-in protest in the arrival’s hall of the airport – causing no disruptions to flights. However, on 12 August flights were suspended after at least 5,000 anti-extradition protestors, demonstrated spontaneously at the airport. On 1 September, protestors blocked road access to Hong Kong International Airport by placing burning barricades around the airport. On 9 August, the Civil Aviation Authority of China allegedly sent an instruction to airlines that called for the suspension of staff who supported the protest – deeming them a security risk. Cathay Pacific have fired staff for their support of the protests.

27 SEPTEMBER 2019: SINGAPORE

Vijayan Mathan Gopal, 22, was sentenced for sexually assaulting a flight attendant on a Scoot flight from Cochin to Singapore in November 2017. Gopal inappropriately touched the flight attendants face, thigh and buttocks. He was jailed for four months.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: NEWPORT, WALES

Reports emerged that Michael Bisgrove was jailed for 32 months for pointing a laser into the cockpit of TUI flight from Gran Canaria to Cardiff in April last year. Bisgrove also aimed the laser at a police helicopter that attempted to locate him.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: LONDON, ENGLAND

Kieran Croxley, 44, shouted abusive and racial slurs to cabin crew on an easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Faro in May this year. He bit and dug his nails into police officers who removed him from the flight. He was jailed for four months and given a suspended sentence of two years with 100 hours of community service. He was fined £900 ordered to pay £400 costs and £325 compensation to the police.

24 SEPTEMBER 2019: POINT LAY, ALASKA

Two pilots were fined $3,000 (c. £2,440) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for disturbing walruses by flying their aircrafts low over Chukchi Sea Beach – a gathering site for walruses during the late season. The incident occurred in September 2017. The disturbance of walruses can scare them into a stampede which could kill other walruses.

24 SEPTEMBER 2019: CAIRO, EGYPT

Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, 61, was sentenced to life in prison for hijacking an EgyptAir flight that was scheduled to fly from Alexandria to Cairo in March 2016. Mostafa used a fake suicide belt to threaten and hijack the flight which landed in Larnaca. No passengers were injured. He was accused of using the hijacking to promote the ideology of the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood.

30 SEPTEMBER 2019: TORONTO, CANADA

Reports emerged that a 26-year-old woman travelling from Bogota to Dublin on an Air Canada flight was forced to urinate in her seat during the first leg of her flight to Toronto in August. The flight was originally delayed for two hours on the taxiway, and on four occasions the woman asked flight attendants whether she could use the bathroom but was told to return to her seat. Seven hours later the flight landed in Toronto for its layover where the woman rented a hotel room to shower and change her clothes. Air Canada apologised for the incident and offered her a CA$500 (c. £300) voucher for Air Canada flights.

30 SEPTEMBER 2019: HOBART, AUSTRALIA

A suspicious package containing an illicit substance was left by a security checkpoint at Hobart Airport. Tasmania Police stated that, “It is likely that an unknown person has discarded the package before proceeding through a security checkpoint.”

30 SEPTEMBER 2019: CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

The body of a deceased stowaway was discovered after a Royal Air Maroc flight landed in Casablanca Mohammed V Airport from Conakry. He was found in the landing gear.

28 SEPTEMBER 2019: BEIRUT, LEBANON

A fake bomb was discovered on a Qatar Airways flight from Prague to Lebanon. The ‘device’ was simply a bar of soap in a package with wires around it that connected to a push-button mobile phone.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: FRANCE

Reports emerged that Airbus had been targeted by multiple cyber-attacks – four in the past year. The attacks, which reportedly were made by Chinese hackers, were looking to target Airbus through its suppliers such as Rolls-Royce. It is alleged that documents relating to the certification process of Airbus Aircraft, the engine on a military transport plane A400M, the avionics and propulsion systems for the A350 passenger jet were of interest to the hackers.

19 AUGUST 2019: VORONEZH, RUSSIA

Voronezh Airport was evacuated due to a call received containing a bomb threat. The airport was evacuated again the next day due to another bomb threat.

9 AUGUST 2019: PENANG, INDONESIA

A false bomb threat was made to Penang International Airport. A 38-year-old man, his 38-year-old girlfriend and the man’s 22-year-old friend were arrested on 30 August. Allegedly the man asked his friend to make the call to stop his girlfriend leaving for Medan and the friend used a phone registered in the girlfriend’s name to make the call.

30 SEPTEMBER 2019: BENGALURU, INDIA

Devi Kesar was removed before an Air India flight from Bengaluru to Jaipur for allegedly mistreating cabin crew. Kesar argued with the crew after her seat was changed to a seat that placed her away from seven family members that she was travelling with. Kesar’s family left the aircraft with her.

27 SEPTEMBER 2019: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Aubrey O’ Day, 35, an American singer, was told to change, cover up or turn her shirt around on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Los Angeles. Her shirt had the expletive f**k written on it. O’ Day claimed that the flight attendant made her undress, leaving her wearing just her bra, and then change her shirt around in front of other passengers. Other passengers claimed that the flight attendant told the singer she could change in private in the toilets.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: KANSAS CITY, KANSAS

An Alaska Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles diverted to Kansas City after a passenger was restrained for making threats after he was denied use of the first-class toilets when the economy toilets were full.

23 SEPTEMBER 2019: WUHAN, CHINA

A female passenger opened the emergency exit door of a Xiamen Airlines flight that was finishing boarding at Wuhan and was due to take-off to Lanzhou. The woman wanted to let some air in because she felt it was ‘too stuffy’.

27 SEPTEMBER 2019: SANTIAGO, CHILE

Angel León was arrested at Santiago International Airport for singing a song called The Bomb by the Azul Azul Group. This arrest was made after another man was arrested for saying there was bomb on a LATAM Airlines flight from the airport to Antofagasta. León was ordered to donate 20,000 pesos (c. £22.50) to a charitable foundation so he can return to Brazil on October 10.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

A naked man lay on the tarmac at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. He was covered with a blanket by an airport worker and claimed that he had been robbed.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Two baggage handlers were filmed fighting under an Interjet aircraft at San Antonio Airport. The passengers who witnessed the fight were on a Frontier Airlines flight waiting to depart to Las Vegas.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: PALMA, SPAIN

A woman at the Iberia check-in desk at Palma Airport was arrested after she was abusive towards staff and passengers, sprayed beer on the window of the information desk, and threw a chair at and kicked the information panel screens.

26 SEPTEMBER 2019: OSAKA, JAPAN

A folded knife was allowed through an All Nippon Airways screening checkpoint at Osaka International Airport because the screener and their colleague (who reversed the decision) were not able to locate the passenger who owned the knife. All passengers of ten ANA flights had to be rescreened which caused flights to be cancelled and delayed.

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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