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…

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…