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Health Hazards at the Checkpoint: bare feet, dirty trays and awkward movements

Over the last few years, questions have been raised surrounding the level of hygiene at security checkpoints. Studies have shown that many of the surfaces at the checkpoint, and those of other security screening processes, often show high concentrations of contagious bacteria and viruses. Lucy Rawlings has been investigating the world of germs at airports and what can be…
Body search: the art of the pat-down

BODY SEARCH: the art of the pat-down

The airline passenger’s perspective is quite simple – they wish to fly from point A to point B. However, this requires undergoing security screening at the airport. For most travellers, this is a necessary evil and is accepted as the price we must pay for our own protection, yet for some travellers, security procedures are stressful, annoying or even humiliating; this…
Security Alert: Bigfoot on the Rampage at YVR

Security Alert: Bigfoot on the Rampage at YVR

Airports in Canada are regulated to meet a long list of requirements to ensure a safe and secure environment for their passengers, employees and guests. With over 25 million annual passengers and more than 24,000 people who work on Sea Island in jobs related to the airport, safety is our top priority at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). While we consider ourselves to…
NON-SPACE: FACILITATING INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR INFLIGHT

NON-SPACE: FACILITATING INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR INFLIGHT

The problem has become so extreme that, in the United States, the Department of Transport has set up a National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force to review and evalu-ate current practices, protocols, and requirements of U.S. airlines in responding to and re-porting allegations by passengers of sexual misconduct on board commercial aircraft. Media reports would…
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: IS ONE DRINK ON THE GROUND REALLY THE SAME AS TWO IN THE SKIES?

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: IS ONE DRINK ON THE GROUND REALLY THE SAME AS TWO IN THE SKIES?

Although alcohol has been in use for thousands of years, studies of its effect on the human body, mind and behaviour do not have such a long tradition. This is even more true when it comes to the impact it has on our behaviour when we are flying on commercial aircraft - at altitude, albeit in pressurised cabins. Marija Zuzek PhD ponders the question as to whether one drink…

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PROACTIVITY: ADDRESSING THE EVER-LENGTHENING ‘TO-DO’ LIST by Philip Baum

The challenges we face in keeping our airports and aircraft safe and secure are constantly evolving. In the early days of aviation, the most frequently occurring criminal act was the theft of aircraft, often by joyriders or thrill seekers. Since then we have gone through different eras in which aircraft were commandeered to drop political propaganda leaflets, sabotaged for either insurance gain or as a means to murder an individual on board, skyjacked to…

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25 JULY 2019: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Eight armed men stole an estimated 700kg of precious metals, worth approx. £23 million, from a cargo terminal at Guarulhos Airport. The men were driving two trucks that resembled police cars. They forced the workers to load the gold, which was destined for Zurich and New York, into the vehicle. The men took two airport workers as hostages and later released them unharmed. Three people were arrested in relation to the crime. Reportedly, one of the detainees worked at the airport and was forced to cooperate with the thieves after they kidnapped his family.

24 JULY 2019: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Three Croatian soldiers were attacked by the Taliban when they were en route to Kabul Airport. The attacker exploded his suicide bomb as he crashed his motorcycle into the soldiers’ vehicle. One soldier died and two were injured.

22 JULY 2019: GAO, MALI

Six Estonian Defence Forces members based in Gao were injured by a vehicle that contained an IED. Daesh was allegedly behind the attack which was allegedly, a response to Operation Barkhane – an operation led by France to support Africa’s Sahel region against IS terrorists, illegal migration and human trafficking.

22 JULY 2019: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

17 people were killed and 27 injured in a suicide attack by a member of al-Shabab at a security checkpoint outside the Afrik Hotel, on a road leading to Aden Adde International Airport.

1 AUGUST 2019: TUNIS, TUNISIA

Hichem Fourati, Tunisian Interior Minister, announced that arrests were made in relation to the 27 June terror attacks, which prevented further attacks, including a plot to target Carthage International Airport. The terrorist attacks, which killed a police officer, were carried out at Avenue Habib Bourguiba and El Gorjani.

26 JULY 2019: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Reports emerged that Lihle Roboshi, 26, was fined for masturbating near passengers in Manchester Airport’s Terminal One in November 2017. He propositioned a passenger and then proceeded to carry out the act under his winter coat, before his shift as a security guard at the airport. He was fired for the incident, fined £170, ordered to complete a three-year community order and carry out 120 hours unpaid work.

5 JULY 2019: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

Reports emerged that a 41-year-old woman, who made a call of a false bomb hoax at Geneva Airport in June 2016, lost her appeal against the decision to pay for the policing costs the hoax caused, which amounted to CHF 90,000 (c. £73,300).

3 JULY 2019: HONOLULU, HAWAII

Kyong Chol Kim, 48, was drunk, disruptive and attempted to hit a flight attendant on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to South Korea which caused the flight to return to Honolulu in February this year. He was jailed for six months and ordered to pay Hawaiian Airlines $172,000 (c. £138,300) for the costs incurred.

1 JULY 2019: ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES

Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested for being a suspected member of al-Qaeda. Abdullah, a Kenyan national, was enrolled at the All Asia Aviation Academy and had completed 20 out of 40 flight hours. Bomb making materials, a 9mm pistol, an IED, and a hand grenade were seized from Abdullah.

30 JULY 2019: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, a 37-year-old Delta Airlines pilot was removed before a flight from Minneapolis to San Diego had finished boarding, after he was suspected of being intoxicated. Police found a bottle of alcohol on him. Authorities became suspicious after Schroeder left and re-joined a TSA screening queue for crewmembers because they were conducting extra checks.

30 JULY 2019: MIAMI, FLORIDA

Reports emerged that two TSA officers were placed on suspended leave for an offensive display that was found in the non-public baggage screening area of Miami International Airport. The racist display had a noose with two toy monkeys hanging off it.

30 JULY 2019: KOKOPA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Seven members of a family died in a house fire at Tokua Airport. The house was for employees of the National Airports Corporation. Three members of the family survived but were severely injured.

29 JULY 2019: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

A Southwest Airlines stewardess hid in the cabin luggage compartment to joke around with passengers during boarding on a flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. Southwest Airlines stated their employee would not be disciplined for a moment of fun.

27 JULY 2019: NAIROBI, KENYA

Stephen Mukangi, a General Service Unit officer, was shot and killed whilst manning the watchtower at Wilson Airport. Samson Morongo Nesco, who manned the watchtower with Mukangi, was later charged with his murder. Morongo had claimed that he and Mukangi were approached by two men dressed as police officers who asked for assistance as their car had broken down and that, on their way to the vehicle, two other men dressed as police officers had emerged from the bushes and a shootout ensued leaving Mukangi dead. Morongo claimed he escaped with a gunshot wound to the leg and the terrorists had stolen their AK47 rifles. However, forensic evidence - gunshot residue on Morongo’s clothes – allegedly shows that Morongo fired the weapon. The rifles have not been recovered by authorities.

20 JULY 2019: SILAO, MEXICO

An anonymous bomb threat, citing there being a bomb on a cargo plane, was received at Guanajuato International Airport.

18 JULY 2019: BELGRADE, SERBIA

A 65-year-old man known only by his initials ZN, called Nikola Tesla Airport and made a fake bomb threat to a Lufthansa flight from Belgrade to Frankfurt. The man had met two Lufthansa flight attendants in Belgrade and made the bomb threat to stop one from leaving, because he wanted to date her.

29 JULY 2019: LONDON HEATHROW, ENGLAND

Busta Rhymes, 47, an American rapper, was escorted off a British Airways flight, after it had landed at Heathrow from New York. Rhymes and a couple argued before the flight had departed because the female passenger was allegedly occupying Rhymes’ overhead luggage space. Rhymes was allegedly aggressive towards the passenger, telling the man he would discuss it with him when they arrived in London. Although all parties calmed down and were comfortable to proceed with the flight, the passenger requested police presence upon arrival.

29 JULY 2019: LONDON HEATHROW, ENGLAND

Thorbjørn Olesen, the 29-year-old Danish golf player, was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female passenger, urinated in the aisle, and was drunk on a British Airways flight from Nashville to Heathrow.

28 JULY 2019: GIBRALTAR

Couple, Kim and Dean Morley, 53 & 54, were arrested at Gibraltar Airport for intoxication before their easyJet flight to London Gatwick. Their three daughters aged six to thirteen were handed to social services for one night due to the incident. Kim was later fined £200 for damaging property and £250 for intoxication. The charges against Dean were withdrawn.

28 JULY 2019: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

An Indian national was removed from an Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mumbai after she became unruly and wanted to leave the flight. The woman claimed she was suffocating and the air conditioning was on too low.

26 JULY 2019: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

Vu Anh Cuong was drunk and sexually harassed a fellow passenger on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. He was later fined VND 10 million (c. £350) by the Northern Airport Authority.

30 JULY 2019: KHIMKI CITY, RUSSIA

Uthai Waernbarb, 36, was travelling from Budapest back home to Thailand on 15 June but was informed at his stopover in Moscow that he would have to wait five days for a flight to Thailand. Waernbarb was upset at the news and drank at the airport bar, becoming very drunk; he was arrested. After being released, he lost his passport and belongings whilst roaming the streets and worked as rubbish collector to pay for a new ticket and accommodation, whilst continuing to drink. He was discovered in Khimki City, 17 miles from Moscow, by two residents who took him to the Thai embassy 43 days later.

28 JULY 2019: GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

Over 20 vehicles parked in the long-term parking area at Piedmont Triad International Airport were damaged. Windows were broken and the vehicles were vandalised with spray paint.

26 JULY 2019: NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

At least nine private aircraft were broken into at Nashua Airport. The thieves stole avionic equipment, which included control panels, communications radios and GPS equipment. Reports state that the crime was organised as the thieves left behind the transponder – a communications device that has an individualised number that is based on the owner and aircraft.

26 JULY 2019: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

A military official attempted to check-in a missile launcher in his checked luggage at Baltimore/Washington International airport. The man claimed it was a ‘souvenir’ from his time in Kuwait.

26 JULY 2019: MANILA, PHIILIPPINES

Sergio Dagooc, a Filipino congressman, was questioned at Manila Airport after he joked about a bomb in his luggage at the Philippine Airlines check-in counter before his flight to Cagayan de Oro City. He was released due to a rule that allows immunity to a member of congress who commits a crime that is not punishable by more than six years in jail.

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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