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Sylvain Lefoyer: Leading the Way in Developing ICAO’s Security Standards and Recommended Practices

Sylvain Lefoyer: Leading the Way in Developing ICAO’s Security Standards and Recommended Practices

The world’s aviation security regulators are preparing to gather in Montreal for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) second Global Aviation Security Symposium (AVSEC 2018). As a precursor to the event, Aviation Security International’s Editor, Philip Baum , asks Sylvain Lefoyer , ICAO’s Deputy Director of Aviation Security and Facilitation, how…
Trends and Directions in Aviation Security By Roni Tidhar

Trends and Directions in Aviation Security By Roni Tidhar

Over the years, the civil aviation security industry has suffered wave after wave of deadly terrorist attacks, alongside some other serious attempts to breach our security measures, from the downing of a Russian Metrojet flight that departed Sharm el-Sheikh airport (Egypt) on 31 October 2015 to the plot to blow up an Etihad Airways flight that departed Sydney airport…
Deploying New Zealand’s Explosive Detector Dogs: A Personal Account from Queenstown

Deploying New Zealand’s Explosive Detector Dogs: A Personal Account from Queenstown

As New Zealand’s international tourism industry has increased year on year, the country has had to expand its air transport services and, therefore, its capability to counter the greater variety of threats that are associated with such growth. Bryn Thomas gives a personal account of the development and maintenance of New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service Explosive…
Life in the Fast Lane:

Life in the Fast Lane:

Well-designed checkpoints have been shown to improve passenger satisfaction and compliance, reduce stress for security personnel and improve efficiency. This is why Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have teamed up to develop Smart Security, a programme that incorporates design, technology and common sense to…
The Cuban Hijackings: Their Significance and Impact Sixty Years On

The Cuban Hijackings: Their Significance and Impact Sixty Years On

While aircraft hijackings are now fairly rare occurrences, this wasn’t always the case. The seizure of aircraft by rebels, militant groups and individuals seeking asylum was a common practice that, for years, was not even recognised as a punishable crime. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the first of the Cuban hijackings, so Nicoletta Mazzoleni and Massimo Catusi…

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From Passé Baggage Control Questions to Emerging Mental Health Challenges: Time to Change the Focus by Philip Baum

It is all too easy to criticise measures introduced to safeguard civil aviation from acts of unlawful interference. When it comes down to it, we do a pretty good job at protecting the industry, its employees and users. After all there are around 40 million flights every year, and last year more than four billion passengers took to the skies with no lives being lost as a result of criminal activity. There have been skirmishes on the ground that have…

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26 SEPTEMBER 2018: SALGUEIRO, BRAZIL

Eleven heavily armed individuals raided the runway at Salgueiro Airport in an attempt to seize cash due to be offloaded from a plane onto trucks immediately after landing. Five of the individuals were killed in a shoot-out with police and five others were arrested. The pilot of the targeted plane was injured.

22 SEPTEMBER 2018: JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport in Jizan was targeted by ballistic missiles launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels. The missiles were intercepted by Saudi air defence.

19 SEPTEMBER 2018: TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Jian, 57, an employee of Hua-Hsia Cleaning Company cut a power cable of an A-330 owned by China Airlines. CCTV footage showed Jian entering the hangar an hour before his shift was due to start.

28 SEPTEMBER 2018: HONOLULU, HAWAII

Paul Anthony Niederreiter was sentenced to two months in jail and ordered to pay Hawaiian Airlines more than $20,000 (c. £15,250). Niederreiter forced a flight from Kahului, Maui to San Francisco to divert to Honolulu in August after shouting at cabin crew and refusing to follow instructions.

21 SEPTEMBER 2018: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

It was reported that a 36-year-old man was found guilty of being drunk and unruly on a Ural flight from Dubai to Moscow on 4 May. He was fined 300,000 rubles (c. £3,500).

13 SEPTEMBER 2018: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Joel Michael Bane, 39, pleaded guilty to interfering with crew during a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans last October. Bane, who had been drinking during the flight, issued threats to crewmembers after being told the bar was closed. Bane claims the situation was a misunderstanding that was compounded by his PTSD from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

6 SEPTEMBER 2018: VANCOUVER, CANADA

Knowah Ferguson, now 21, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempting to kill a well-known Hells Angel, Damion Ryan, at Vancouver International in April 2015. Ferguson, dressed in a burka, attempted to shoot Ryan in the back of the head as Ryan sat in the airport's food court, but the firearm jammed. Ferguson managed to flee the scene but was arrested after two months and later pleaded guilty to attempted murder, for which he received seven years, and conspiracy to commit murder, for which he received four.

6 SEPTEMBER 2018: CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

Guilherme Alves De Melo, 33, a Brazilian national, pleaded guilty to intimidating crew members and interfering with their ability to perform their duties on 23 June. Alves De Melo caused a Canadian flight to Chicago to divert to Cedar Rapids when he became violent and displayed disturbing behaviour, frightening his fellow passengers and causing children to cry. Alves claimed he was suffering from a psychotic episode when he began punching himself, tearing up his identity documents and threatening crew.

29 SEPTEMBER 2018: TIRANA, ALBANIA

Two police officers stationed at Tirana International were arrested on suspicion of assisting individuals entering Albania illegally.

29 SEPTEMBER 2018: MANILA, PHIILIPPINES

Filipino congressman, Aniceto "John" Bertiz III, was accused of refusing to obey orders and abusing security personnel at Ninoy Aquino International. He allegedly refused to remove his shoes before passing through an archway metal detector and then snatched the security officer's ID and walked away with it. Bertiz claims footage of the incident released online was 'spliced' together.

28 SEPTEMBER 2018: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Six immigrations officers working at Kuala Lumpur were arrested for alleged corruption and abuse of power after they were found to be involved in a human smuggling enterprise.

28 SEPTEMBER 2018: PALU, INDONESIA

Anthonius Gunawan Agung, a 21-year-old air traffic controller at Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport, died during a magnitude 7.5 earthquake after saving the lives of hundreds of people by ensuring that the last plane took off safely. Once the Batik Air flight to Makassar was safely airborne, he jumped from a fourth-floor window as the tower began to collapse. He suffered serious leg and internal injuries and died in hospital the following day. The earthquake caused deep fissures to appear in the runway and (at the time of writing) claimed the lives of 1,649 people.

17 SEPTEMBER 2018: SUKKUR, PAKISTAN

A Pakistan International Airlines flight from Sukkur to Karachi was delayed for over an hour after police received a bomb threat minutes before it was due to take off. Subsequent searches revealed nothing suspicious and the flight was cleared for take-off.

7 SEPTEMBER 2018: PATNA, INDIA

A six-year-old boy was discovered to be behind a bomb threat against Patna Airport. The boy had allegedly watched a crime drama featuring bomb threats, searched for the contact details of Patna Airport on Google and called the terminal.

7 SEPTEMBER 2018: MUMBAI, INDIA

Wasim Qureshi, 28, was alleged to have made a hoax bomb threat against a Singapore Airlines flight because he wanted to stop his wife, a Filipino woman, from leaving him and going to live with her parents. The flight was rescheduled for the following day and Qureshi was arrested after police traced the call to his mobile phone.

30 AUGUST 2018: MANILA, PHIILIPPINES

A man identified as Saidona Singgon made a comment about a bomb as he boarded a PAL flight for Cotabato and then claimed he was an employee of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), showing what appeared to be a CAAP ID card. CAAP later denied Singgon was an employee.

16 AUGUST 2018: CRETE, GREECE

A Condor Airlines flight from Hurghada, Egypt to Dusseldorf, Germany, diverted to Crete after a note was discovered in a toilet claiming there was a bomb on board. The note was declared a hoax but passengers spent the night at Crete Airport before continuing on their journey the following day.

30 SEPTEMBER 2018: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

A Southwest flight from Chicago to Houston was delayed by an hour after a woman launched a racist verbal tirade at a member of cabin crew after she was asked to secure her tray table for take-off.

27 SEPTEMBER 2018: OAHU, HAWAII

A man had to be forcibly removed from an Alaskan Airlines flight preparing to depart for San Francisco having locked himself in the restroom at the rear of the aircraft. Police had to break down the door in order to extract the man who was soaking wet. Some passengers complained that other passengers should have been asked to disembark the aircraft rather than having to witness a violent incident.

26 SEPTEMBER 2018: LUQA, MALTA

Christopher Charles Collins, 45, became drunk during a flight from Luton to Malta and then became violent and abusive after finding a hair in his food. He was sentenced the following day to three months in prison, suspended for a year.

25 SEPTEMBER 2018: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Krupa Patel Bala was travelling in business class from Sydney to San Francisco with United when she claims she and her husband were shouted at by a member of cabin crew because their eight-month-old son was crying.

25 SEPTEMBER 2018: PARIS, FRANCE

It was reported that a brawl broke out on a delayed Air Austral flight that was due to fly from Charles de Gaulle to Mayotte after police attempted to remove an allegedly intoxicated and unruly passenger. Other passengers on board the flight objected to the man's removal and attempted to obstruct police. The flight was cancelled as a result.

27 SEPTEMBER 2018: DUBLIN, EIRE

A man in his 20s broke through a door and trespassed onto the apron at Dublin Airport in an attempt to flag down his Ryanair flight to Amsterdam, which was in the process of taxiing to the runway.

21 SEPTEMBER 2018: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

A total of ten rental cars were stolen from Sea-Tac Airport over two days. The thieves crashed the cars as they exited the airport and then later abandoned them.

20 SEPTEMBER 2018: MELBOURNE, FLORIDA

Nishal Sankat, 22, a student pilot at Florida Tech, breached perimeter security at Orlando Melbourne International and boarded an American Airlines aircraft that was undergoing maintenance. It was determined later in court that Sankat, who had just been issued with a pilot's licence but was not qualified to fly the airliner in question, had attempted to steal the plane in an attempt to harm himself.

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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