Australian Plots, British Blunders and American Trailblazing: but would you deny boarding in the absence of evidence?

In these northern hemisphere summer months, aviation security-related incidents and issues seem to be a constant fixture in the news headlines. The debacle over the restrictions on laptops and other personal electronic devices (PEDs); a terrorist plot against an airliner departing Australia; the trial surrounding the alleged intended detonation of a pipe bomb on board…

Laptops: Control, Alt or Delete? by Philip Baum

I have no doubt that there is sufficient intelligence out there to warrant concern over laptop computers or iPads concealing, and/or their lithium batteries being adapted to initiate, improvised explosive devices. Actually, we didn’t even need the intel. It has long been public knowledge that the device that detonated on board Daallo Airlines flight 159…

Alt-right: Outright Wrong by Philip Baum

There is always news, and much of it is depressing. We have been saddened this year with the passing of sporting legends such as Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer and Johan Cruyff, as well as musical icons David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. Political leaders who were the newsmakers of the 20th Century have also made…