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Hijack Syndromes: Whatever Happened in London, Stockholm and Lima?

Hijack Syndromes: Whatever Happened in London, Stockholm and Lima?

The practice of hostage-taking and kidnapping has a long and established history, both in aviation-related incidents and other situations. Hostages have been known to react to captivity in a variety of ways, sometimes using their behaviour to manipulate their captors’ actions, and ultimately affecting the outcome of the situation. Lucy Rawlings examines this behaviour…
Big Data: Moving from Reactive to Proactive Security By Xiaoyong Yang

Big Data: Moving from Reactive to Proactive Security By Xiaoyong Yang

It wasn’t so long ago that the aviation security industry was complaining about a lack of access to consistent and reliable information. These days we know more about our passengers than ever before, and can stay abreast of events occurring anywhere in the world at all times. In fact, with the advent of ‘big data’, aviation security professionals need to be able to…
You’ve Got a Ticket to Ride: But We Don’t Care

You’ve Got a Ticket to Ride: But We Don’t Care

The clue is in the name: commercial airlines are business entities with overheads and bottom lines, but they are also service providers who are bound to comply with legislation and to observe the civil rights of those who choose to fly with them. So, what happens when security, ticket policy and commercial gain collide? Diana Stancu Godet reports from the no-fly zone.…
Securing Specialist Flights: Challenges in an Overlooked Sector

Securing Specialist Flights: Challenges in an Overlooked Sector

The aviation world is changing rapidly around us; we are more reliant than ever on the transportation mode for tourism, business and logistics. Yet the world also now has the largest amount of unregistered aerial vehicles in history, ranging from unmanned drones to helicopters to private fixed wing aircraft, let alone microlights and hot air balloons. The numbers are…
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons: Developing an Emergency Response Capability

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons: Developing an Emergency Response Capability

Given the ever-increasing sophistication and versatility of attacks against aviation, those responsible for the security of airports and airlines must be prepared to respond to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents. Ricardo Santiago Sferco discusses previous incidents and describes how to structure a response to this type of…

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GASeP: Words to be Translated into Action by Philip Baum

Call me cynical, but I just can’t get excited about this November’s approval, by the ICAO Council, of the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). Certainly, we should welcome any initiative which strives to improve the effectiveness of aviation security protocols and which drives states to achieve globally accepted minimum standards designed to respond to the multitude of threats and risks to which the industry is exposed. However, as Alexandre de…

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30 NOVEMBER 2017: SAN CALIXTO, COLOMBIA

A government helicopter was the target of machine gun fire by members of the ‘Los Pelusos’ dissident group. The helicopter was carrying military personnel and state officials and was coming in to land when it was hit twice by bullets. There were no injuries.

14 NOVEMBER 2017: SANA’A, YEMEN

Saudi Arabia was accused of bombing Yemen’s main international airport, interrupting aid shipments. Yemeni Houthi rebels claim that US-backed Saudi forces destroyed the radio navigation system, rendering the airport inoperative.

4 NOVEMBER 2017: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

King Khalid International Airport was targeted by a missile, which Saudi military forces managed to intercept. The missile was fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels. The airport and flights were unaffected.

30 OCTOBER 2017: GÄLLIVARE, SWEDEN

An aircraft hangar was broken into and a Nextjet turboprop plane sabotaged just prior to its morning flights to Karamfors and Stockholm. Flights were cancelled and the airport was closed for investigation.

28 OCTOBER 2017: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

A man was stabbed repeatedly in the chest after defending his wife in an attempted carjacking in the car park of San Diego International. The couple had just arrived and were loading their luggage into a car when an unidentified Hispanic male placed his arm around the woman’s throat and demanded the car keys. The woman was uninjured; her husband required surgery but survived the attack.

30 NOVEMBER 2017: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Bernadette Briggs, 39, admitted to using threatening behaviour and being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting member of Thomas Cook cabin crew Madison Preece and fellow passenger Noel Johnston in June. She was handed a six-month sentence suspended for a year, ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work, undergo 10 days of rehabilitation therapy, and pay compensation of £300 to both Preece and Johnston.

21 NOVEMBER 2017: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The developers of the World Trade Centre in New York reached a $95.2 million settlement of claims against American and United in connection with 9/11. Silverstein Properties had signed a 99-year lease on the site just six weeks before the attack.

20 NOVEMBER 2017: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

Kieran Tabberner was fined £500, told to pay court costs of £500, £500 in compensation and a £50 court surcharge after he became aggressive towards Flybe cabin crewmember Robyn Pascoe and caused a flight to Amsterdam to return to Birmingham 10 minutes into the journey. Tabberner saw Pascoe use the toilet moments after she had told him he couldn’t leave his seat to do the same.

19 NOVEMBER 2017: GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Saranjeet Bassi, 29, a father of three, was sentenced to complete 200 hours community service, given a two-year community order and fined £1,000 in costs for groping a woman’s breast in front of her children on a Qatar Airways flight to Heathrow. He was returning home to Glasgow from visiting his new-born baby in India in December last year when he reached between the seats and grabbed the woman seated in front of him.

16 NOVEMBER 2017: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

David Brown, 41, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse, aggravated battery in a public place and public indecency after a 34-year-old woman claimed he had repeatedly bumped his erect penis into her buttocks while he stood behind her on an escalator at Midway Airport.

28 NOVEMBER 2017: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Ricardo Garcia, 38, an employee at Orlando International, attacked his ex-girlfriend, also an employee at Orlando, in the airport’s car park. The woman had been asking her colleagues to walk her to her car each evening after work as she had been afraid of Garcia.

26 NOVEMBER 2017: SANTA CLARA & OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

A man was arrested for flying his drone over Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the Coliseum in Oakland in order to drop anti-media flyers during American football matches. Both stadia are within five miles of airports, so the stunts were in contravention of aviation laws.

22 NOVEMBER 2017: ABU DHABI, UAE

Joseph Lee, a 59-year-old American national, used his mobile phone to film security personnel as he transited at Abu Dhabi. His son, Jonathan, claimed Lee had started filming because he believed the staff were treating him unfairly. Lee was fined AED 10,000 (c. £2,000).

30 NOVEMBER 2017: KHARTOUM, SUDAN

A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Khartoum after a bomb threat was received against it.

29 NOVEMBER 2017: MUMBAI, INDIA

A note was found in the bathroom of Mumbai Air’s cargo complex warning of an ISIS attack on Republic Day (26 January). The building was evacuated and a thorough search conducted. Nothing was detected, but security was ramped up at the complex in response to the threat.

20 NOVEMBER 2017: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

A bomb threat was issued against a flight from Pulkovo Airport. It was found to have been issued by a drunk passenger, 48, who was running late for the flight.

29 NOVEMBER 2017: MAZATLAN, MEXICO

Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of Mark Zuckerberg, alleged she was sexually harassed by a male passenger seated next to her on an Alaska Airlines flight from LAX to Mazatlan. In a formal complaint to the airline, she also accused cabin crew of disregarding her complaints, telling her that the passenger in question was a frequent flier, and that Zuckerberg should not “take it personally”.

28 NOVEMBER 2017: YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA

An intoxicated 55-year-old man became disruptive and threatening during an Ural Airlines flight from Blagoveshchensk. Crew managed to restrain him to his seat using adhesive tape.

27 NOVEMBER 2017: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Ires Alves Pereira, 40, was travelling on a Delta flight from Sao Paulo when she hit the passenger seated next to her in the face. She then hit, bit and kicked three members of cabin crew when they tried to intervene, and broke the glasses of another passenger by kicking him in the face. Pereira was eventually restrained to her seat until landing. All three crewmembers required hospital attention following the incident.

21 NOVEMBER 2017: DES MOINES, IOWA

Carol Lamb, 40, was removed from a flight for becoming intoxicated and arguing with her business partner. She was charged with trespassing and interference with official acts.

29 NOVEMBER 2017: BANGKOK, THAILAND

Passengers due to fly with Jetstar to Singapore became frustrated and verbally aggressive towards ground staff after being stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport for 24 hours due to technical issues.

28 NOVEMBER 2017: DELHI, INDIA

The wife of a bureaucrat was alleged to have slapped a female Air India duty manager after she was denied boarding her flight to Ahmedabad because she had arrived late. The duty manager was then reported to have slapped the woman back. The police were called but the women apologised to one another and solved the matter amicably.

23 NOVEMBER 2017: LARNACA, CYPRUS

Two Israeli men drunkenly assaulted police officers after their group of 39 was told they could not enter Cyprus because they had said they would be staying in properties owned by Greek-Cypriots in the north of the country. The two men were each fined €400 after they admitted to assault and to being drunk.

22 NOVEMBER 2017: MUMBAI, INDIA

Mohsin Shaikh, 23, a worker at the food court at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International, was alleged to have molested a 24-year-old British national as she transited from London to Sri Lanka. He was arrested shortly after she made a complaint to the Central Industrial Security Force.

14 NOVEMBER 2017: OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

Thu Nguyen, 47, was alleged to have stolen a flight attendant’s purse as she disembarked an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle. Upon her arrest, she was also found to have been carrying a small vial of crystal methamphetamine.

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.

29 MARCH 2016: LARNACA, CYPRUS

Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked EgyptAir flight MS181 whilst it was en route from Alexandria to Cairo. Remaining at the rear of the cabin throughout the incident, he showed the crew that he was wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest. Accordingly, the crew elected to follow his request to divert to Cyprus, where he eventually surrendered. During the negotiations, he demanded to speak with his ex-wife who was resident in Cyprus. Initial reports indicate that he was suffering mental health issues.

27 NOVEMBER 2015: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

A man dressed as Santa Claus hijacked a helicopter, leaving the pilot, who worked for an air taxi service based at Campo Marte airport, tied up at a farm outside Sao Paulo. A second hijacker joined the festively dressed thief at the farm, and the two men and the helicopter disappeared.

The Final Word

A Personal View expressed by Mark Laustra

A Personal View expressed by Mark Laustra

Aviation security professionals have long warned about the ability of terrorists to find new ways to attack the flying public, and since 9/11 it seems every few years we have witnessed a new, chilling...

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