Securing Car Parks, Public Concourses, the Meeters and Greeters: Five Years After The Burgas Bombing

This issue of Aviation Security International coincides with the five-year anniversary of the Burgas Airport bombing. In June 2012, five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver of a bus transporting the arriving tourists from Burgas Airport to their Bulgarian resort were killed when a bomb detonated. The attacker exited the terminal with the passengers and attempted…

Computed Tomography Advanced Technology vs. Multiview/Dual View X-ray and Other Technologies: Enhancing Checkpoint Security

Terrorists continue to target commercial aviation. Over the past two years, there have been several direct attacks against aircraft, including the 2015 downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 in Egypt and the 2016 attempted downing of Daallo Airlines Flight 159 in Somalia, along with armed landside attacks in Brussels and Istanbul. Intelligence reports also indicate that…

Homemade Explosives: A Guide

Over the past decade, terrorists across the globe have been using homemade explosives (HMEs) with increasing frequency; unlike military or commercial explosives, the costs of production, access to core materials, and the relative ease with which they can circumvent security measures have all contributed to the rise in their usage as a weapon against civil…

Inflight Deviant Behaviour: Appreciating the Causes

With the advancement of technology, nearly any human behaviour performed in public can be quickly and easily captured and then shared for the world to see – including incidents occurring at 30,000 feet. The combination of political tension, terrorism, mental illness, and alcohol combined with the stress of air travel means unacceptable inflight behaviour is…

Dirty Bombs: Design and Identification

While our vigilance with regards to the threat of explosives and other weapons remains as high as ever, the relatively low probability of a radiological or nuclear attack means this kind of assault does not appear so frequently on our security agendas. Yet, on 19th March 2017, radiological materials were discovered, in Belarus, on board…