Category Archives: Aviation Security

Please deposit your phone in the bin

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that they would require travelers from foreign airports with direct flights to the United States to possibly turn on their cell phones, tablets and laptops in order to prove they are functional and not concealing an explosive. This is not without precedence. In the late 80s and early 90s… Continue Reading

Stowaway to Hawaii

The recent report of an individual stowing away aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Jose to Maui again brings forth the question of perimeter security at airports. A couple of years ago with the infamous jet skier at John F. Kennedy Airport along with a few other perimeter breaches that year raised concerns throughout… Continue Reading

Are we paying too much for Airport Security?

Are you paying too much for Airport Security measures? According to a recent study, yes. But, before you take a gigantic ax to your next years annual security budget, consider what the study assessed, and more importantly, what it didn’t. The study was published in the Journal of Air Transport Management looked at the “Cost-benefit… Continue Reading

Was Malaysia Flight 370 Hijacked?

U.S. officials now say that manual intervention was involved in the missing flight and Malaysian officials are calling it a hijacking. Some aircraft systems continued to transmit information for several hours after the aircraft went off radar, which may indicate that the transponder (the radio transmitter that provides information to the radar facility), was shut… Continue Reading

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the subsequent finding that two of the passengers on board had stolen passports has stirred up plenty of speculation that terrorism could be involved. And it could. But, without additional information there are also numerous other possibilities. The criminal community often will use fraudulent documents and stolen credentials… Continue Reading

Lockerbie: 25 years later

  I missed an important anniversary yesterday – the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The bombing was eventually linked back to the country of Libya, who used operatives working for Libyan Airlines, based in Malta at the time. They placed a radio “boom” box containing an explosive… Continue Reading