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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY RESPONSE

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY RESPONSE

Connecting over four billion passengers on 20,000 city pairs annually, aviation is often referred to as the business of freedom. But the ease and speed of air travel can also be misused by criminals who want to deny freedom to others through the crime of human trafficking. With an estimated 24.9 million people globally being trafficked each year, Tim Colehan reveals the…
THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN: STILL AN AVIATION SECURITY CONCERN ON ISRAEL’S

THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: STILL AN AVIATION SECURITY CONCERN ON ISRAEL’S

14 May 2018 will be a day of celebration for some, but one of grief for others. On this date 70 years ago, the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed. So, whilst realising Zionist aspirations and offering a refuge for European, and indeed global, Jewry in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, it also triggered a violent conflict,…
Emotional Support Animals: pigs, peacocks, pythons ...and even appaloosa ponies

Emotional Support Animals: pigs, peacocks, pythons …and even appaloosa ponies

Over the last two years, US air carriers have reported a significant increase in passengers bringing aboard emotional support animals (ESAs), resulting in a subsequent rise in incidents involving unruly animals during flights. Alexandra James examines the case for ESAs and asks whether more specific legislation and tighter airline policies are needed to tackle this…
DRONES: protecting airports and aircraft

DRONES: protecting airports and aircraft

The increasing popularity and widespread availability of drones is causing concern for those within the aviation industry, both from safety and security points of view. Collisions with aircraft are increasing in frequency, and terrorist organisations are already exploiting the access opportunities and anonymity that they offer. Clayton Simmons explores these issues and…
stowaways

Stowaways: Wheel Well Security

Since commercial airlines began transporting fare-paying passengers across international borders, there have been individuals willing to risk their lives to covertly exploit these flights, often to escape corruption, warfare and famine. Illustrating the problem, this February, two Ecuadorian teenagers fell to their deaths from the wheel well of a Latam Airlines flight…
Airport Apron Heists:

Airport Apron Heists:

Although apron heists in South America are low frequency events, their impact can be high and can expose serious deficiencies in local risk management for each airport. Luis Umbria briefly analyses the most recent apron heist in Brazil and considers the importance of a thorough and efficient Security Management System (SeMS) in order to address this threat. Three years…

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Doing the: the myth of security prioritisation by Philip Baum

In terms of regulation, few other industries can compete with aviation. Whether designed to address safety or security concerns, there are multitude of entities - some global, some regional and others national - making demands of airports and airlines. It’s often challenging to know which acronym one should comply with: ICAO? TSA? ECAC? EASA? NASP? OTS? DfT? CAA? Industry associations then publish their own guidance notes and position papers, develop…

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20 MAY 2018: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

A Northpower rescue helicopter was the target of repeated laser strikes both on its way to Auckland Hospital and on its return flight. The pilots managed to identify a rural property that seemed to be the source but no arrests were made, despite police searches for illegal lasers.

12 MAY 2018: SOMALIA, MOGADISHU

Al-Shabab militants attacked a Turkish military base near Aden Adde International. 15 mortar rounds were fired but no casualties and only minimal damage were reported.

13 MAY 2018: POKHARA, NEPAL

The Nepalese army discovered an IED at Pokhara Airport. The device was found at Gate Number One, some hours after Nepal’s Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa was there. Equally, there is speculation that the incident, which occurred on the same day as other bombings in Nepal, might have been carried out by the Netra Bikra Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal to disrupt Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal

25 MAY 2018: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Wei-Ming Shi, 60, was sentenced to three months in a residential re-entry centre, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $5,000 (c. £3,730) fine for groping a sleeping female passenger during a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh in 2016.

29 MAY 2018: INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA

A 25-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in prison, suspended for a year, and ordered to pay a 1 million won (c. £700) fine for kicking a flight attendant in the stomach after being confronted for smoking in the toilet of an Eastar flight from Incheon to Hanoi.

17 MAY 2018: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

18 individuals accused of carrying out the $50 million (c. £37 million) diamond heist at Brussels Airport in 2013 were acquitted due to a lack of evidence. One other individual accused of masterminding the robbery awaits trial.

23 MAY 2018: CARDIFF, WALES

Hashem Djaiz, 41, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment after being caught by Border Force officers with numerous dangerous items hidden in his luggage and the luggage of his family as they returned from a holiday in Cyprus last August. The haul included eight knuckledusters and six batons.

22 MAY 2018: ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

Five members of the Hells Angels, a motorcycle gang that is outlawed in Australia, were arrested after illegally meeting in public at Adelaide Airport prior to boarding a flight together.

29 MAY 2018: DALAMAN, TURKEY

British national, Andrew Westlake, 30, died after falling from a 50ft-high balcony inside the terminal at Dalaman. Westlake had been due to fly home with his partner, who he had argued with during their first holiday together, and their one-year-old daughter, but had either been removed from or simply decided to leave the Jet2 flight. He is reported to have said that he “wanted it to end” before he died and Turkish police are treating his death as a suicide.

29 MAY 2018: KARACHI, PAKISTAN

Two groups of Umrah pilgrims arriving home from Saudi Arabia began fighting in the arrivals lounge of Jinnah International.

28 MAY 2018: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

A Mexican man stripped naked at Sheremetyevo departures and performed the can-can. A video of the incident went viral.

28 MAY 2018: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

A video was released online of Pnina Peri, an Israeli teacher of multicultural theories, laughing at and berating a rabbi and another man as they put on their tefillin (phylacteries) in the terminal at Ben Gurion. Peri later claimed the video was biased and distorted and that the men had verbally attacked her.

27 MAY 2018: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Rafael Pareja Gómez and his wife allegedly responded to a security officer’s request to remove their camera from its case by telling him that they did not have an atomic bomb. The couple were detained but told that they could fly if their airline, Interjet, allowed it. Interjet decided that the couple should not fly.

29 MAY 2018: KAZAN, RUSSIA

The terminal at Kazan was evacuated for an hour and a half after an anonymous call warned of an explosive device planted in the building.

5 MAY 2018: KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA

Krasnoyarsk Airport was evacuated after a threatening phone call was received alleging that explosives concealed inside a laptop had been brought inside the terminal. Flights were delayed by an hour and a half but the terminal was eventually re-opened after the call was declared a hoax. The caller was identified and arrested.

6 MAY 2018: HAT YAI, THAILAND

Suphap Thanompol, 28, issued a bomb threat by phone to Hat Yai Airport. Police managed to trace the call and arrested Thanompol, who admitted to making the call and claimed he did not know it was an offence.

2 MAY 2018: DELHI, INDIA

Kartik Madhav Bhat, 23, an aggrieved IndiGo employee, made a threat against an IndiGo flight to Mumbai in order to “teach his employers a lesson” after being reprimanded for poor performance at his job.

1 JUNE 2018: BRISTOL, ENGLAND

A Welsh man, 32, was arrested and an easyJet flight to Prague was cancelled after a group ‘treated the aircraft like a nightclub’.

30 MAY 2018: TULSA, OKLAHOMA

Bolutife Olusegun Olorunda, 29, caused a Delta flight from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta to divert to Tulsa by singing and screaming loudly, disrupting other passengers and ignoring the instructions of cabin crew.

28 MAY 2018: PONTIANAK, INDONESIA

Frantinus Nirigi, a Lion Air passenger bound for Jakarta, was overheard telling a flight attendant that he had a bomb in his luggage, which caused panic amongst other passengers and led to 11 people sustaining injuries and being hospitalised.

29 MAY 2018: KOLKATA, INDIA

A GoAir flight to Pune was delayed by an hour after numerous passengers became argumentative towards cabin crew over a broken air conditioning system. Two intoxicated passengers were also removed after physically assaulting a male flight attendant.

29 MAY 2018: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

A female passenger accused a man sitting next to her of watching porn and masturbating during a Southwest flight from Vegas. She alleged at one point he gripped her arm and later handed cabin crew tissues to dispose of. The woman did not complain to cabin crew and instead sent tweets to the airline. She claimed she feared for her safety and worried that moving might put her in danger.

26 MAY 2018: LAGOS, NIGERIA

Four passengers allegedly assaulted an Air Peace pilot and damaged a car belonging to the airline because their flight from Abuja had been delayed by weather conditions the previous day.

21 MAY 2018: SURGUT, RUSSIA

It was reported that a 40-year-old intoxicated man smashed windows and glass display cases in the terminal at Sugut International.

21 MAY 2018: PIARCO, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

A topless man was caught running along the tarmac at Piarco International. Upon his arrest, he told police he had been attacked on the nearby university campus and had only scaled the perimeter fence in order to escape the assailants.

17 MAY 2018: LAGOS, NIGERIA

An unidentified man reportedly caused significant damage to a computer belonging to Air Peace after becoming frustrated by the check-in process for a flight from Murtala Muhammed to Abuja. Air Peace released a statement saying they had blacklisted the passenger.

17 MAY 2018: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

A 57-year-old man reportedly stormed a gate, ran to the plane and attempted to pull open the aircraft’s door after arriving late for his Jetstar flight to Adelaide.

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.

23 DECEMBER 2016: LUQA, MALTA

Moussa Saha and Ahmed Ali, both in their 20s, hijacked an Afriqiyah Airways on a domestic flight between Sabha and Tripoli in Libya. The two Libyan men were armed with imitation guns and grenades, and allegedly intended to divert the plane to Rome to seek asylum and to start a new political party called ‘The New Fateh’ in honour of the late dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. Due to fuel limitations, the crew landed in Malta instead. None of the 116 people on board was injured, and the hijackers surrendered after a standoff on the runway.

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