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Lockerbie 30 Years On: Libya, laptops, and luggage

Lockerbie 30 Years On: Libya, laptops, and luggage

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. The tragedy remains the deadliest terror attack in the United Kingdom’s history and had a profound impact on aviation security around the world. Max Leitschuh examines the ways that three key components of the attack have changed, or not changed, in the…
TRACE vs VAPOUR

TRACE vs VAPOUR

In the rapidly changing world of aviation security, a key element of the screening process has been steadily developing: explosive and narcotics detection. Eugene Gerstein offers an in-depth analysis of the differences between trace chemical detection and vapour detection, looking at their various pros and cons, applications in different environments, as well as the…
At-Risk Employees: the unintentional insider threat by Michael Van Meter, Allen Ellison and Steven Fantigrossi

At-Risk Employees: the unintentional insider threat by Michael Van Meter, Allen Ellison and Steven Fantigrossi

In the aviation industry, there is a lot to worry about…particularly when it comes to safety. The Civil Aviation Security Program in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Joint Terrorism Task Force is committed to ensuring the safety of the skies of the United States. This is no easy task; there are many threats including terrorist activity and the…
COCKPIT LASER ILLUMINATION: TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS AND PROACTIVE STRATEGIES

COCKPIT LASER ILLUMINATION: TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS AND PROACTIVE STRATEGIES

The first reported laser attack on an aircraft in the UK was in 2004. By 2008 this number had risen to over 200 attacks per annum. Since then, there have been about 1,500 attacks annually and, although this rate seems to be falling in the UK, the worldwide figure is rising year on year. Martin Drake examines the issue of lasers and what strategies and technologies are…

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MY TOP 5 IRRITANTS: AT AIRPORTS, ON PLANES AND IN HOTELS by Philip Baum

It’s that time of year. As Christmas approaches and a new year beckons, television and radio stations, news networks and social media sites come up with their annual ‘Top 10s’, ‘Best of…’ and ‘Funniest…’ listings and countdowns. So why should we be any different? Well, this is a serious journal and as such, aside from a few of our Air Watch listings - included to lighten up the mood on an otherwise somewhat dark subject matter - we avoid…

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29 NOVEMBER 2018: SAMANÁ, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Armed criminals stole a light aircraft from a taxiway at Arroyo Barril International Airport. The suspects, believed to be involved in narcotics trafficking, cut CCTV security cameras’ cabling, preventing the monitoring of the airfield’s airside areas, in order to gain access to the aircraft.

22 NOVEMBER 2018: VERNAL, UTAH

Two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, stole a plane from a private airstrip in Utah and took it for a Thanksgiving joyride. The boys were arrested later at Vernal Regional Airport.

22 NOVEMBER 2018: BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Ugandan rebels opened fire on a UN Monusco helicopter in the volatile eastern district of Democratic Republic of Congo. There were no casualties. The aircraft was able to land without problems in the Semuliki Valley.

19 NOVEMBER 2018: VARANASI, INDIA

A fire broke out at an Air India flight ticketing counter at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. CCTV footage suggests the fire may have been deliberately started by a man who was covering his face and acting in a suspicious manner.

26 NOVEMBER 2018: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Rami Yogev, manager of the development and resources department at El Al, was arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine on board El Al flights into Israel. Yogev, who had a high security clearance, had worked with Shin Bet and other law enforcement agencies in the past. Three other suspects were also arrested.

23 NOVEMBER 2018: LEICESTER, ENGLAND

Kiran Jagdev, 41, was jailed for six months for her drunken behaviour on a Jet2 flight from Tenerife to East Midlands Airport, which caused one of her co-passengers to have a seizure.

22 NOVEMBER 2018: SINGAPORE

Paranjape Niranjan Jayant, 34, was sentenced to three weeks’ jail for molesting a Scoot cabin crew member on a flight from Sydney to Singapore on 8 August.

20 NOVEMBER 2018: BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Courts decided that Michael Hildebrand, 50, who convicted of assaulting a woman on a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport last year, would not serve any time in prison but must serve one year on probation. Hildebrand grabbed the groin area of another passenger without her permission while on a United Airlines flight to Buffalo on 20 December 2017.

16 NOVEMBER 2018: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Julie Morris, 54, was freed with a six-month jail term suspended for a year, for her intoxicated behaviour which began in Manchester Airport’s departure lounge and continued on board a Ryanair flight to Ibiza on 17 September. The flight retuned to Manchester.

23 NOVEMBER 2018: CARDIFF, WALES

Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston was the cause for concern on a flight from Cardiff to Cork. A flight attendant heard another passenger call for ‘Bomber’ – his moniker – and it resulted in the authorities conducting a Google search of his name to establish that 'Bomber' is what he is commonly known as.

30 NOVEMBER 2018: HAIFA, ISRAEL

Anatoly Altman, a Soviet Jew who tried to hijack a plane to Israel in 1970, died aged 77. He was arrested in St. Petersburg airport and sentenced to 12 years of hard labour for his part in ’Operation Wedding’.

22 NOVEMBER 2018: LAGOS, NIGERIA

A taxi driver stripped in front of a crowd at the airport in protest of his car being clamped. He was later fined N50,000 (c.£107) for picking up a passenger in a manner that conflicts with local regulations.

20 NOVEMBER 2018: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Albert Yepremyan, 25, was killed by an Aeroflot plane taking off from Sheremetyevo Airport bound for Athens. The aircraft ran over and killed the Armenian citizen, who was in transit while being deported from Spain, and who had broken free whilst being escorted to an airport bus and then ran onto the live runway. Fuselage damage and human remains were reported to have been discovered on the plane after it landed in Athens.

20 NOVEMBER 2018: DENVER, COLORADO

Reports emerged that Captain Andrew Collins, a 54-year-old United Airlines pilot, was to face charges of indecent exposure after allegedly standing naked in the window of his room at the Westin Hotel within Denver Airport on 20 September. Collins claims he had no idea he was visible to people inside the main terminal.

26 NOVEMBER 2018: SHIRDI, INDIA

A letter threatening to blow up Shirdi Airport was received. It stated that a bomb had been planted on the airport’s premises.

13 NOVEMBER 2018: KOLKATA, INDIA

An airport director received a threatening hijack email from an unknown email address resulting in security being heightened at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

3 NOVEMBER 2018: MIAMI, FLORIDA

An 18-year-old youth from Uttar Pradesh was arrested for making calls threatening to blow up Miami airport in the US. He allegedly made the calls to gain the attention of the FBI who could help him in avenging a fraudster who had duped him of Rs 70,000 (c.£770) by luring him into investing in bitcoins.

1 NOVEMBER 2018: OTTAWA, CANADA

A man threatened to steal a plane from the city’s Brandon Municipal Airport and fly it to, and crash into, Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

28 NOVEMBER 2018: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

An American Airlines flight to Toronto diverted back to Chicago after a disruptive passenger allegedly punched his wife in the face during a mid-flight argument.

26 NOVEMBER 2018: KOLKATA, INDIA

Yogvedant Poddar, 21, was on Jet Airways flight preparing to depart from Kolkata to Mumbai, when he allegedly covered half his face with a handkerchief and took a picture of himself, captioning it: "Terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts." The pilot returned to the gate where Poddar was taken into custody.

24 NOVEMBER 2018: BHUPANESWAR, PAKISTAN

An Air Vistara flight returned to the gate after an elderly lady who was travelling with her son, an MP, from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar refused to place her hand luggage in the overhead bins. The Pakistani mens’ hockey team was travelling on board.

21 NOVEMBER 2018: ATLANTA, GEORGIA

David Toaff, 37, was arrested at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport due to his anti-Semitic tirade on board a Delta flight from Washington D.C. Toaff reportedly demanded that all Jews raise their hands so he could ‘identify them’.

28 NOVEMBER 2018: SARASOTA, FLORIDA

Mary Dostal, 39, allegedly crashed through a gate at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and hit an aircraft whilst under the influence of alcohol.

26 NOVEMBER 2018: PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Kaleb Pitts, 21, assaulted and punched a female gate attendant and knocked her to the ground at Sky Harbor whilst attempting to pre-board a Southwest Airlines flight despite not being eligible for pre-boarding.

23 NOVEMBER 2018: DULUTH, MINNESOTA

Christopher Lee Dunker, 36, drove through the gate and onto the runway of Duluth International Airport whilst under the influence of drugs.

25 NOVEMBER 2018: THỌ XUÂN DISTRICT, VIETNAM

Three Vietnamese men, Pham Huu An, 28, Le Van Nhi, 41, and Le Trung Dung, 34, assaulted a VietJet flight attendant, Le Thi Giang, at Tho Xuan Airport after she refused a selfie with them.

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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