Comparative Security: harmonisation or individuality?

Comparative Security: harmonisation or individuality?

Each country has a unique aspect to its aviation security system. At a high level there might be a harmonised approach to regulation through organisations like ICAO, but there are still stark differences. Some of these differences represent best practice in mitigating against specific threats whilst others focus on promulgating operational efficiency in aviation security.…

NAÏVE PASSENGERS: IDENTIFICATION OF MULES

NAÏVE PASSENGERS: IDENTIFICATION OF MULES

On 27 November 1989, Avianca Flight 203 departed from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia for a domestic flight to Cali’s Alfonso Aragón International Airport. Moments after take-off, the aircraft exploded, killing all 107 passengers and crew as well as three bystanders on the ground. It was concluded that the explosion was caused by…

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…