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Category Archives: Crime and Terrorism

Gun Smuggling in Airplanes

A recent report of airline employees smuggling guns through commercial airliners has raised security concerns about the “insider threat.”  Read, listen or watch the story here: NPR  WSJ Arise America NBC  The key question is: is this a threat? While anytime guns are in the cabin of an airplane illegally, we can call that a threat, the real question… Continue Reading

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

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

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