DRONES: POSING A THREAT TO ALL AIRCRAFT

Christmas time is supposed to be the season of goodwill to all men, yet it has also, historically, been the period in which there have been a disturbing number of attacks against civil aviation. 21 December marked the 30th anniversary of the loss of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie and it was also the date…

MH370: Suicidal pilot, parajacker or, perhaps, stowaway?

On 30th July, Dr Kok Soo Chon, the investigator in charge of the Malaysian flight MH370 safety investigation, stood before the world’s media and declared that “there was no record of malfunction or defect in the aircraft that could have contributed to the disappearance.” The statement, made on behalf of the Malaysian government in the…

Human Trafficking: Not my problem

I’m not sure about you, but I sense that the aviation security industry has, over the last year or so, been hijacked by the issue of human trafficking. Every conference programme now has either a paper or a workshop dedicated to highlighting the issue of modern day slavery and the role the aviation industry could…

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…