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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Man Forcibly Removed From Airline Due To Overbooking

The recent video of a passenger being pulled off an airplane in Chicago is disturbing, to say the least. While we don’t know all the sides to the story yet, there should never be a situation in which a non-violent individual gets to the point of having to be dragged off an airplane. Ultimately, while… Continue Reading

What should you do if you’re caught in a mass-casualty incident?

The details surrounding the attack centering on Munich’s Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping mall are still being ascertained, but one thing remains certain: The headlines announcing tragic events such as these are becoming all too common. Whether the perpetrators of these events are involved in a terrorist organization or self-radicalized, whether the weapons used are firearms, bombs,… Continue Reading

How safe are U.S. airports?

The crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 early last Thursday and the recovery of some wreckage Friday was a tragic end to a week that had begun with viral video of huge lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in the United States. These two developments have understandably raised two related questions about aviation security: Are we… Continue Reading

Top 5 ways to determine if your local airport has done the right things to prevent another Brussels style attack (and 5 things YOU can do).

By Jeff Price, Professor, MSU Denver, and lead author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats As the Brussels airport reopens after the devastating suicide bombing attacks last week we are all wondering what we should be doing, and how can we protect ourselves from another such attack. The first thing we can all… Continue Reading

EgyptAir Flight MS181: Don’t take our eye off the ball, because there is a threat to worry about here.

By Jeff Price, Professor MSU Denver and lead author, Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats There have been a lot of stories in the media about this EgyptAir hijacking that “calls into question” airline and airport security in Egypt. But let’s not take our eye off the ball – let’s continue to stay… Continue Reading

How can I protect myself from suicide bombers at airports, like in Brussels?

The suspected attacks on the airport in Brussels raises questions about the safety of Americans traveling both in the US and abroad. What can passengers do to protect themselves from the same tragedy, and what should US airports and the TSA be doing in response? First, understand that there is no 100% safe solution. Terrorism… Continue Reading

Time for an Active Shooter Review

The situation in France reminds us that terrorist or criminal active shooter events can happen anytime, anywhere. What should you do if you’re caught up in an active shooter incident? First, review the City of Houston’s excellent video, Run-Hide-Fight. This is the fundamental active shooter strategy. Schools, airports, sporting venues, concert halls may have slightly different… Continue Reading

DHS Announcement on Metrojet 9268

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson just released at statement on aviation security enhancements in light of the recent crash of a Russian airliner. The statement is posted here, followed up by my commentary. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON CONCERNING AVIATION SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS PENDING INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH OF METROJET FLIGHT 9268  While the facts and… Continue Reading