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Body Cavity Bombs: a very real threat?

With increasingly sophisticated technology available to those in the aviation security industry, individuals wishing to carry dangerous or illegal substances and weapons onto flights have been forced into using ever more intimate methods of concealment. Alexandra James discusses body cavity bombs, questions whether they are as imminent a threat as we once thought, and…
The Bombing of Korean Air Flight KAL 858: its legacy on the 30th anniversary

The Bombing of Korean Air Flight KAL 858: Its Legacy on the 30th Anniversary

On 29 November 1987, the detonation of explosives hidden in a Panasonic radio and a whisky bottle brought down Korean Air flight 858 over the Andaman Sea near Myanmar, killing all souls on board. The attack, perpetrated by North Korean agents, took place in the lead-up to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Thirty years on, with South Korea set to host the 2018 Winter Olympic…
Managing Inflight Theft: An Airline Perspective

Managing Inflight Theft: An Airline Perspective

Inflight theft is perhaps one of the most discussed topics in recent regional and international airline industry meetings. However, the crime itself is not something new as we have heard reports of personal items being stolen on aircraft for many years. So why has this become a hot topic amongst airlines today? Ken Cheung and Jade Hui have years of experience in managing…
Centralised Image Processing: The Impact on Security Checkpoints

Centralised Image Processing: The Impact on Security Checkpoints

Remote screening of hold baggage has been in use since the beginning of this century and is common practice in larger airports. Remote screening of cabin baggage, however, is relatively new. Centralised image processing (CIP) has the potential to dramatically increase an airport’s capacity and the efficiency of passenger screening and is therefore a valuable tool with…
Crime at South American Airports: Events That Are Not Acts of Illicit Interference

Crime at South American Airports: Events That Are Not Acts of Illicit Interference

Thousands of passengers arrive at and depart from multiple airports in South America on a daily basis. Most of these passengers are travelling for tourism, business or personal and family reasons, but a tiny percentage of them travel with criminal intent. This small percentage can impact on numerous other passengers who become exposed to dangerous situations by…
The IATA Control Authorities Working Group: Celebrating 30 years of Government and Industry Partnership

The IATA Control Authorities Working Group: Celebrating 30 years of Government and Industry Partnership

Co-chairs of the IATA Control Authorities Working Group, Teresa Hardy, John Watts and Christopher Hornek, reflect on some of the group’s past achievements, discuss their current work, and look ahead to potential collaborations with new governments and industry partners. The IATA Control Authorities Working Group (CAWG) is an expert forum of airlines and government…

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Massacre in Las Vegas: A Mental Health Lesson for the AVSEC Community

At first glance, the links between the massacre, which took place in Las Vegas on 1 October, and aviation security appear tenuous. Yes, when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, he also hit two fuel tanks belonging to Swissport on the grounds of McCarran International Airport and could have initiated a conflagration, which would have significantly increased the already all-too-high death toll. Yes, his…

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26 SEPTEMBER 2017: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Anila Daulatzai, a 46-year-old college professor was forcefully removed from a Southwest flight to Los Angeles after she told crew that she had a ‘deadly allergy’ to dogs upon learning that two dogs – a pet and a service animal – would be travelling in the cabin. Daulatzai asked for the animals to be removed and then requested an allergy relief injection after her first request was denied. The woman, however, was not carrying a medical certificate so the injection could not be administered. Daulatzai was told that the airline’s policy is not to allow boarding to any passenger who cannot safely travel with dogs on board, and was therefore asked to deplane. She refused and law enforcement was called to remove her.

22 SEPTEMBER 2017: BAGDOGRA, INDIA

Abhay Prasad and Anup Singh attempted to carry a substance with the qualities of TNT onto an IndiGo flight to Calcutta. The substance was contained in several vials, which the men claimed contained medicine, however a sniffer dog indicated the presence of explosives.

22 SEPTEMBER 2017: LONDON, ENGLAND

Former BA flight attendant Joanne Wickenden, 23, was dismissed after a Snapchat video was circulated showing her making racist comments about Nigerian passengers while wearing her BA uniform shortly before she was due to fly to Abuja.

22 SEPTEMBER 2017: DETROIT, MICHIGAN

It was reported that the soap dispensers in the men’s toilets of Detroit Metropolitan’s North Terminal were found to contain semen rather soap. An investigation was launched and new tamper-proof dispensers were installed.

19 SEPTEMBER 2017: MANGALORE, INDIA

A man identified as ‘M. Mohammed’, 26, caused a bomb scare after ‘a clay-like substance’ was found to have been packed into his mobile phone power bank. The substance was declared not to be explosive and Mohammed was permitted to fly to Dubai the following day.

1 OCTOBER 2017: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

It was reported that two Israeli nationals were ordered to pay Israir NIS 2,000 (c. £425) in court costs after they were removed from a flight from Bulgaria. The pair had originally complained of poor treatment by the airline and demanded NIS 33,000 (c. £7,000) compensation after they were detained for six hours at Sofia. However, testimonies provided by staff, passengers and police revealed the pair had been drunk and abusive.

29 SEPTEMBER 2017: DA NANG, VIETNAM

Wang Qing Jian, 53, a Chinese national, was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing over VND400 million (c. £13,200) from a fellow passenger during a flight from Saigon to Da Nang last November.

27 SEPTEMBER 2017: CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA

Daylen Wayne, 21, who was charged with breaking and entering a plane at West Virginia Airport in July was determined to be unfit to stand trial and sent to hospital for treatment. His hearing was rescheduled for December.

26 SEPTEMBER 2017: CURAÇAO

Henky Calmes, 57, the head of the Immigration Service at Curaçao, and three other suspects were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and bribery. Drugs were found in Calmes’ car, and several mobile phones, an i-Pad and an airsoft rifle were seized during house searches.

25 SEPTEMBER 2017: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Halle Berry has been dismissed from a $5 million lawsuit, in which both she and her ex-husband, Olivier Martinez, were accused of assaulting an airport employee in 2015 because he had taken a photo of them. Martinez is still being sued, however.

28 SEPTEMBER 2017: DARAGA, PHILIPPINES

Around 30 armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a militant faction of Communist Party of the Philippines, caused approximately P40 million (c. £590,000) worth of damage in an attack on the new Bicol Airport, which is currently under construction. The action was allegedly in retaliation for the fact that the building contractor refused to pay ‘revolutionary taxes’ to the group.

27 SEPTEMBER 2017: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Hamid Karzai International was closed and flights diverted as the military section of the airport was targeted by rocket fire. The Taliban and ISIS both claimed responsibility for the attack, however, the Taliban added that the attack had been targeting US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who arrived at the airport some hours earlier. One civilian was killed in the blasts, in addition to the three assailants who were shot by security forces.

20 SEPTEMBER 2017: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

An employee of Aden Adde International was killed after an explosive device attached to his car was detonated. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Shabab, a militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

18 AUGUST 2017: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Dennis Jagoo, 51, an employee of Newark Liberty Airport reportedly stabbed his 48-year-old co-worker in the arm and stomach. Jagoo was later found by police at a hospital where he was seeking treatment for wounds he received from his victim during the attack.

16 AUGUST 2017: ARMENIA, QUINDÍO, COLOMBIA

Milciades Ramirez, a 47-year-old security guard employed by security company Colviseg, was found dead at the end of the runway at El Eden International Airport. He appeared to have been shot and his death is being treated as a homicide.

20 SEPTEMBER 2017: CURAÇAO

Juan Hato International was evacuated by police, firefighters and the Dutch military following a bomb threat.

20 SEPTEMBER 2017: MONTERREY, MEXICO

A flight was delayed by two hours after an anonymous call warned of a bomb in the luggage of a passenger. Nothing suspicious was detected, however, and the call was declared a hoax.

27 SEPTEMBER 2017: YAKUTSK, RUSSIA

An S7 flight bound for Moscow was delayed due to an intoxicated passenger becoming abusive towards cabin crew and then resisting police arrest.

25 SEPTEMBER 2017: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

An intoxicated passenger due to travel on a delayed VIM flight attempted to open the doors to access the airfield. He was stopped by his wife and other passengers just before security officials arrived.

25 SEPTEMBER 2017: CORK, ÉIRE

Richard Barry, 62, was charged with assaulting flight attendant Louise Santry on board an Aer Lingus flight from Paris and also for engaging in threatening behaviour.

21 SEPTEMBER 2017: BRISTOL, ENGLAND

Two men aged 29, a 26-year-old woman and 21-year-old man are alleged to have caused an easyJet flight from Liverpool to Barcelona to divert to Bristol after they became drunk and unruly. Police later appealed for help from anyone else who was on the flight who may have filmed the incident.

18 SEPTEMBER 2017: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Kevin Earl Mills, 35, allegedly used his mobile phone to take a photo up a woman’s dress just before their flight to Spokane, Washington took off. The man allegedly quickly deleted the picture, but the woman’s boyfriend saw what Mills had done and confronted him, leading to Mills being removed from the flight and arrested for voyeurism.

26 SEPTEMBER 2017: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

A police officer was stabbed in the leg by a man, thought to be a homeless person, in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

24 SEPTEMBER 2017: SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

Johnathan Feaster, 33, was alleged to have broken into a Tac Air hangar at Shreveport Regional Airport. Police found Feaster suffering with laceration wounds on a road near the airport and followed blood trails to the hangar, where it is estimated Feaster caused $15,000 of damage.

17 SEPTEMBER 2017: MARCOOLA, AUSTRALIA

A man managed to enter restricted areas at Sunshine Coast airport twice in one day. The first time was at around 7:30pm when he scaled a barbed wire fence and was challenged by baggage handlers as he approached a Jetstar plane. He was then ejected from the airport by security but was found an hour and a half later by a dog squad having forced open a hangar window and climbed inside.

7 SEPTEMBER 2017: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

A 26-year-old man was reported to have been restrained by fellow travellers while waiting at the gate for their flight after he became upset, started shouting about how much he hated Australia, and throwing objects around. The incident had no impact on the flight.

4 SEPTEMBER 2017: DELHI, INDIA

An unidentified man aged around 35 years old was caught by security officials as he attempted to scale the perimeter wall at Indira Gandhi International at 2:45am while completely naked. When questioned, the man could not give any explanation for his behaviour, and was determined to be psychologically unstable.

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.

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