International Security

UK’s Border Force Bolsters General Aviation Security Measures

Published by Homeland Security Today 11 April 2024

"Pilots, owners and operators of private aircraft will now be fined if they do not provide the UK’s Border Force with advance passenger information online before they depart to or from the UK, under new regulations to strengthen security.

"The regulations, which came into force on April 6, will mean that Border Force and the police can better identify potential security threats, prevent and detect crime, and monitor immigration status. Previously, advance passenger information could be submitted by email, fax or other manual methods."

To read this article, click here



Brazilian Authorities Intercept Drug Plane in Sao Paulo State

Published by Yahoo! News 9 April 2024

"The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) intercepted an aircraft carrying around 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of cocaine in the Sao Paolo region on Tuesday, April 9, federal police said.

"According to the FAB, the aircraft traveled with cloned license plates and was first spotted on the border of Paraguay and Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul region before being intercepted."

To read this article, click here



Extinction Rebellion Heathrow Activist Sentenced Over Drone Plan [UK]

Published by Yahoo! News 5 April 2024

"An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been given a suspended jail sentence for plotting to close Heathrow Airport using a drone.

"Roger Hallam, 57, who said a plan for a third runway was "a crime against humanity", was found guilty of conspiring to cause a public nuisance between 1 August and 14 September."

To read this article, click here.



Inspector Criticizes UK Private Aviation Security Checks

Published by AIN Online 27 March 2024

"The UK’s former chief inspector of border security has accused the government of covering up his allegations that the Border Force failed to adequately screen business aircraft arriving at London City Airport (EGLC). In a report presented to parliament, David Neal highlighted what he said were failings in how flights categorized as “high risk” were screened at the airport-owned Private Jet Centre FBO, indicating that officials were at times under-resourced and had not been provided with sufficiently clear guidance and training."

To read this article, click here.



Pair Found Guilty of Using Plane to Smuggle Migrants to Essex from France

Published by Independent 15 March 2024

"Two Albanian nationals who used a plane to illegally transport economic migrants from northern France to an aerodrome in Essex have been found guilty of people smuggling.

"Myrteza Hilaj, 50, and Kreshnik Kadena, 37, both of Leyton, east London, were found guilty on Friday at Southwark Crown Court of facilitating the commission of a breach of immigration law."

To read this article, click here.



'Snipers Were Present': Serious Security Incident Reported at Ben-Gurion Airport

Published by The Jerusalem Post 14 March 2024

"Security at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport was reinforced on Thursday evening amid reports of a "serious security incident" near Lod, Israeli media reported, citing sources at the airport.

"Somebody told me snipers were present," Itay Cohen, a photojournalist at the airport, told Walla. "When I got off the bus, I saw two security guards with drawn weapons."

To read this article, click here



Dutch Environmental Protestors Target Private Aviation

Published by AIN 14 March 2024

"Extinction Rebellion and other climate change activists mounted a protest at Maastricht-Aachen Airport in Beek, a town in the Netherlands, on March 9. The groups sought to highlight the uptick in private jet traffic arriving there for the annual TEFAF air fair.

"According to a European security consultant speaking to AIN on condition of anonymity, intelligence provided by his company to local authorities was instrumental in preventing violations of airport security and possible damage to aircraft. Local police imposed emergency orders banning gatherings near the airport, which Extinction Rebellion said received 200 private aircraft for the TEFAF event."

To read this article, click here.



Gangs Attempt to Seize Control of Haiti's Main Airport in Latest Attack

Published by ABC News 5 March 2024

"Armed gangs attempted to seize control of Haiti's main international airport on Monday as chaos and violence continue to grip the Caribbean nation.

"A Haitian law enforcement source who was at the scene told ABC News that an estimated several dozen gunmen from gangs breached the perimeter wall of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport on the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince."

To read this article, click here.



Security Breach at Mumbai Airport: Man Attempts to Board Flight Without Documents [India]

Published by Pune Pulse 25 February 2024

"In a concerning security lapse at Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport, a ticketless traveler managed to breach multiple checkpoints and reach the boarding gate before being apprehended. 

"The incident, labeled a “massive security breach involving lapses on the part of multiple agencies” by a senior official of the Ministry of Home Affairs, has led to the suspension of a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official, and an FIR has been filed against the trespasser."

To read this article, click here



Officials Seize Drugs, Cell Phones, Drone From BC Prison [Canada]

Published by Victoria Now 9 February 2024

"Prison officials in BC seized thousands of dollars in contraband and unauthorized items at a maximum-security prison earlier this week.

"According to Correctional Service Canada (CSC), staff members seized cell phones, SD cards, an SD card reader, cannabis concentrate, handmade weapons and a drone at the Kent Institution in Agassiz on Sunday."

To read this article, click here



Brazil Targets Clandestine Workshops for Drug Trafficking Helicopters

Published by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 8 February 2024

"Brazil's Federal Police seized six helicopters and several helicopter parts in an operation that targeted clandestine workshops where aircraft used for transporting drugs were constructed and maintained.

"The investigation into such workshops was initiated last August after the arrest of an international drug trafficker on a farm in a municipality in the state of Goiás, located in the center of the country. He was caught with approximately 406 kilos of cocaine and two helicopters."

To read this article, click here



Venezuelan Army Destroys Suspected Drug Plane From Mexico

Published by Yahoo! News 26 January 2024

"The Venezuelan military announced on Thursday, January 25, that it had immobilized and destroyed an aircraft that entered the country illegally from Mexico and was believed to be trafficking drugs.

"Domingo Hernandez Larez, head of the Strategic Operational Command (Ceofanb) of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces, said the aircraft departed from Cozumel on Mexico’s east coast and was detected entering airspace over the Venezuelan state of Zulia with its transponder off and without authorization."

To view the video, click here.



Level-1 aviation security measures to be adopted during Tet [Vietnam]

Published by Saigon News 24 January 2024

"Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Dinh Viet Thang has issued a directive, asking airports, air traffic service suppliers, airlines and aviation service providers to adopt Level-1 aviation security measures during the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival from February 6-16.

"Anticipating a surge in both flight frequency and number of passengers compared to the previous Lunar New Year, particularly at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the CAAV has taken measures to enhance operational efficiency.."

To read this article, click here.



Spotlight On: GPS Spoofing Risks and What They Mean for Aviation Security and Supply Chains

Published by Strategic Risk 16 January 2024

"In an industry already burdened by a plethora of risks, from passenger safety to environmental concerns and geopolitical crises to fuel costs, the aviation sector has another area of concern – GPS spoofing. Trevor Treharne investigates.

“One of the hot topics that has been emerging over the past few weeks, which affects aircraft operators, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers], aviation authorities and navigation system manufacturers, is GPS spoofing,” says Jay Davies, aviation risk manager at FlightSafe."

To read this article, click here



A Drug Cartel has Attacked a Remote Mexican Community with Drones and Gunmen, Rights Group Says

Published by ABC News 5 January 2024

"MEXICO CITY -- A small community in Guerrero, a Mexican state plagued by unrelenting cartel violence, was attacked by drones and armed men, a local human rights group told the Associated Press on Friday.

"The religious and human rights organization Minerva Bello Center said Thursday's attack on at least 30 people was carried out by a drug cartel. The center's director, José Filiberto Velázquez, said the victims were likely killed, though authorities still had not been able to enter the remote community or confirm the deaths."

To read this article, click here



Cheap and They Don't Snitch: Drones Are the New Drug Mules

Published by Vice News 5 January 2024

"Drones are on the rise in the drug world with smugglers using them to shift product across borders, into prisons - and soon to a street near you.

"Last week border officials in the Punjab region of India revealed they intercepted 107 drug-carrying drones sent by smuggling gangs last year over the border from Pakistan, the highest number on record."

To read this article, click here



Climate Action Protest in Belgium Ends with Mass Arrests

Published by AIN Online 20 December 2023

"Belgian police successfully stopped climate activists from a group called Code Red from occupying the runways at several airports during their “mass action against aviation” on December 16 and 17, preventing possible damage to business aviation aircraft using the airfields. Several hundred protesters were arrested, according to local media.

"Code Red, a civil disobedience group, organized protests at Antwerp, Kortrijk, and Liege airports last weekend as part of their #PeopleNotFlights campaign, which denounces the aviation sector as “a polluting industry that disrespects human rights and whose growth seems unstoppable.”

To read this article, click here



Enhancing Aviation Security: Delhi Airport to Deploy Full-Body Scanners and CTX Machines by May 2024 [India]

Published by Financial Express 15 December 2023

"In a significant development aimed at enhancing airport security measures, full-body scanners and Computed Tomography X-ray (CTX) machines are expected to be installed at the Delhi airport by May 2024, according to a senior official from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). This initiative aligns with BCAS’s ongoing efforts to implement advanced security technologies at key airports across the country.

"The introduction of full-body scanners marks a crucial advancement in passenger screening, offering a more comprehensive approach to security checks. BCAS Director General Zulfiquar Hasan revealed on Friday (December 15) that the installation deadline for these scanners and CTX machines is being extended due to provisioning issues, and discussions are ongoing with airport operators to address the installation challenges."

To read this article, click here.



Business Aviation Braces for Brussels Eco-protests [Belgium]

Published by AIN 8 December 2023

"Business aircraft owners and operators, as well as airlines, are bracing for potentially violent protests expected in Brussels between December 15 and 17. A consortium of political groups operating under the name Code Red has called for a “weekend of mass action against aviation.”

"A notice from Code Red has called for volunteers to prepare to join as-yet-unspecified protests around the Belgian capital. It said the "target” will be identified closer to the planned dates, and it offers civil disobedience training. Brussels National Airport seems likely to be a focal point."

To read this article, click here



BIGGEST BUST | Two Men Arrested as Heroin Worth €8m Seized After Light Aircraft and Car Intercepted [Ireland]

Published by Sunday World 1 December 2023

"Two men have been arrested after gardai seized heroin worth €8 million when a light aircraft and a car were intercepted in South County Dublin and Co Kildare.

"The 60kg of vacuum-packed heroin found in holdalls in the light aircraft at Weston Airport is the largest seizure of the drug this year."

To read this article, click here



Caught! Family-Run Drone Drug Ring in French Prisons Spark UAV Concern

Published by Interesting Engineering 28 November  2023

"Taking advantage of the technological advancements that were once heralded as signs of progress, drones have gotten into the wrong hands and joined forces covertly with a slew of illegal activities.

"In the latest example of such unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being misused, Bordeaux law enforcement officials in France have detained three people who were using drones to smuggle alcohol, drugs, iPhones, and other prohibited items into nearby prisons."

To read this article, click here



Airport Frisking Exemption for Judges to Cause Problems: Minister [Turkey]

Published by Hürriyet Daily News 20 November 2023

"The decision of the Council of State, Türkiye’s top administrative court, to exempt judges from pat-downs at airports could cause problems with international acceptance and credibility of Türkiye in the global aviation industry and airports, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloğlu has said.

"If you allow a flight without following the rules, then you may face different behaviors or sanctions in the country you go to. If you bring this to a certain level, this time you will raise the debate about the accreditation of airports in Türkiye," he added."

To read this article, click here



Colombian Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Leading International Cocaine Trafficking Ring with Corrupt Air Traffic Controllers

Published by United States Attorney's Office Central District of California 16 November 2023

"LOS ANGELES – The lead defendant in an indictment targeting an international drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine by aircraft from Colombia to Mexico for distribution in the United States via the maintenance of secret airstrips and the bribery of air traffic controllers.

Jaison Dávila Amador, 57, a.k.a. “Costeño” and “María Angélica,” of Bogotá, Colombia, was sentenced by United States District Judge George H. Wu."

To read this press release, click here



Canberra Man Charged for Alleged Theft and Airport Trespass [Australia]

Published by Australian Federal Police 14 November 2023

"A Canberra man is scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today (14 November, 2023) after allegedly breaking into Canberra Airport and stealing an airline vehicle last month.

"The man, 31, allegedly scaled a fence on 29 October, 2023 and entered a restricted area of Canberra Airport where he was seen running across the tarmac.

"It will be alleged the man broke into an airline van and began driving erratically across the runway, before exiting the area by driving through a fence."

To read this press release, click here



Drugs at B.C. Prison 'Insane' with Multiple Drone Drops Daily, Says Union Boss [Canada]

Published by Vancouver News 10 November 2023

"A prison in British Columbia's Fraser Valley is struggling to contain a spiralling drug problem, with drones making multiple deliveries to prisoners each day, according to a union leader who called the situation “insane.”

"John Randle, regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, said staff at the Mountain Institution in Agassiz are exhausted from handling the “non-stop” drone drops and overdoses among inmates."

To read this article, click here



Aviation Security: Counter-Terrorism Centre Seeks Regulation of Drones [Nigeria]

Published by Punch 7 November 2023

"The National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, said on Tuesday that the proliferation of drones constitutes a threat to aviation security.

"According to the Centre, the use of drones has transformed from survey equipment to weapons.

"The centre also said drones have changed the way wars, especially low-intensity conflicts, are being waged."

To read this article, click here.



German Aviation Security in Question After Hostage Drama in Hamburg

Published by Cairns News 6 November 2023

"A hostage drama at Hamburg airport forced dozens of flights to be canceled. An armed man drove onto the runway with his daughter, demanding to be flown to Turkey. He's now been detained, and the child is safe. The incident has raised questions about the airport's security measures. An aviation expert tells DW that German airports need higher security standards."

To watch this video, click here.



Drug Smuggling Through Incheon International Airport Has Increased [South Korea]

Published by Simple Flying 25 October 2023 

"Following the removal of COVID restrictions last October, Seoul Incheon International Airport has intercepted more attempts to bring illegal drugs into South Korea by gangs. Hence, there is a need to examine why and learn about drugs and counter-drug efforts."

To read this article, click here.



New Prison ‘No-Fly Zones’ for Drug-Delivering Drones [UK]

Published by UK Ministry of Justice 23 October 2023

"New legislation made this week will make it an automatic offence to fly drones within 400 metres of any closed prison or young offender institution in England and Wales. Drone operators that break the rules could face fines of up to £2,500 while those found smuggling illicit items will face up to 10 years in prison.  

"Drone sightings at prisons have increased sharply in recent years and current air space restrictions mean police can only act on drone sightings where there is evidence of contraband being illegally smuggled."

To read this press release, click here.



Belize Police Believe Foreigners were Involved in Plans to Steal Plane that Crashed Killing Two

Published by The Gleaner 18 October 2023

"BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC - Commissioner of Police in Belize, Chester Williams, said the identification documents found on the charred remains of two people onboard a plane that crashed soon after it was stolen show that the individuals are from Argentina and Venezuela.

“We believe that both persons came in illegally because we had checked with immigration and immigration has confirmed that there were no records to indicate that these two individuals came into the country through our legal port of entry,” Williams said, adding that police have received “certain information” after checking with their Venezuelan counterparts."

To read this article, click here.



French Airports Face Second Day of Evacuations Following New Bomb Threats and Security Alerts

Published by Euronews 16 October 2023

"A number of airports across France have again been evacuated following bomb threats. 

"Fourteen airports received new bomb threats on Thursday (19 October) morning with "at least 8" evacuated, a source close to the matter told AFP. 

"That includes Brest (Finistère), Carcassonne (Aude), Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), Bordeaux-Mérignac (Gironde), Béziers (Hérault), Montpellier (Hérault) and Nantes (Loire-Atlantique)."

To read this article, click here.



More Than 20 Drones Found in UK prison Cells as Inmates Hoard Phones and Drugs

Published by Mirror 16 October 2023

"Prisoners at HMP Liverpool have been caught hiding drones in their cells after the high-tech equipment was used to sneak in contraband including kilograms of drugs and hundreds of mobile phones.

"Guards found 20 drones at the 800-capacity prison after 191 sightings were spotted in just 12 months. It is likely the drones were found by inmates after a loss of power or the operator being caught outside the jail during the drop-off, inspectors from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said."

To read this article, click here



Narco-Drones: The Use of Drones by Drug Cartels

Published by grey dynamics 5 October 2023

"The use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) by criminal cartels has become a rising source of concern for law enforcement and national security agencies around the world. Cartels have been quick to adopt new technologies, such as drones, to further their criminal activities. 

"The use of drones by Narcos and cartels is particularly prevalent in Mexico along the U.S. Southern Border to smuggle drugs. However, this drug trafficking technique is expanding to other countries in Central and South America."

To read this article, click here.



Raid Uncovers Workshop for Drone-Carried Bombs in Mexico House Built to Look Like a Castle

Published by CBS News 4 October 2023

"A police raid on a house built to look like a castle uncovered a workshop for making drone-carried bombs, authorities in Mexico's western state of Jalisco said Wednesday.

"State police distributed photos of 40 small cylindrical bombs with fins meant to be released from drones. Police also found bomb-making materials, including about 45 pounds of metal shrapnel and 15 pounds of gunpowder."

To read this article, click here.



Bizav's Quandary over Eco-protests [Europe]

Published by AIN 2 October 2023

"Two pictures taken on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza tell you everything you need to know about business aviation’s vulnerability to direct-action protests by environmental groups."

"If Spanish police did arrest the protesters at the airport, they evidently determined that the activists should be swiftly released. This apparently ineffectual response to criminal activity helps explain the increasing sense in the business aviation industry that no one is looking to provide any meaningful protection for it."

To read this article, click here.



Explained: What is Aviation Security and Why is it of Utmost Importance? [India]

Published by News Nine 30 September 2023

Security, like safety, is a major issue for the aviation sector and is built into every operation. That is why competent management is essential. Aviation threats are always evolving. Airlines, airports, governments, international organisations, and independent aviation stakeholders are all working hard to improve and expand aviation security capabilities.

The significance of incident management, teamwork, and security assurance cannot be overstated. As they aim to develop and evolve their operations, the industry must constantly adapt to the ever-changing rules and difficulties that the global security environment brings.

To read this article, click here.



Laser Injures Yorkshire Air Ambulance Flight Crew

Published by AIN 26 September 2023

"A medical crewmember flying with the UK’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) service sustained a burned cornea during a laser strike on September 22. The attack occurred during a repositioning flight to the YAA’s Nostell base and was one of three laser attacks on the operator's helicopters within the week.  

"The strike on Friday hit crewmember Alex Clark in the eye. YAA reports that he is expected to make a full recovery."

To read this article, click here



UPDATE: Anegada Plane Was Carrying Cocaine [British Virgin Islands]

Published by bvi 22 September 2023

"Although local authorities are ramping up efforts to stem the flow of illegal drugs through the BVI, it seems offenders continue to elude them, using the territory as a transhipment hub for narcotics.

"BVI News understands that the aircraft that was found at the Auguste George Airport on Anegada earlier this week was carrying cocaine. The aircraft landed and mysteriously caught fire shortly after."

To read this article, click here.



Drone Loaded with Drugs 'Crashed' During Prison Flight [Australia]

Published by Perth Now 22 September 2023

"A woman accused of murder used a drone to fly $119,000 worth of drugs as well as a USB drive containing pornography into a prison.

"Cheyenne Anniki Petryszyn, 27, faced Brisbane Supreme Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated supply of dangerous drugs in a correctional facility."

To read this article, click here



12-Year-Old Boy Evades Airport Security And Sneaks Onto Kuwait-Bound Plane Without Anyone Noticing [Bangladesh]

Published by PYOK 22 September 2023

"A 12-year-old boy managed to evade several layers of tight airport security last week and sneaked onboard a Kuwait-bound plane before eventually being caught when the cabin crew realised there was one less seat available for all the passengers onboard.

"The incident happened in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, in the early hours of September 12 as Kuwait Airways flight KU284 was preparing for departure, Aero Telegraph and the Daily Star reports."

To read this article, click here



Ottawa Man Facing Charges After Plane Stolen, Crashes at Rockcliffe Airport [Canada]

Published by Ottawa News 15 September 2023

"A 64-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges after a plane stolen at the Rockcliffe Airport crashed and struck two parked planes, according to Ottawa police."

"Police say a man gained access to the airport and stole a privately owned Cessna plane."

To read this article, click here.



Security Experts Issue Airspace Alert for Caucasus War Risk

Published by AIN 14 September 2023

"Aircraft operators are being advised to avoid the airspace over Armenia and Azerbaijan as concerns rise over the possibiity of war breaking out again between the countries, which border Europe and Asia. Over the past week, the former Soviet Union states have accused each other of escalating troop buildups along their shared border despite efforts to agree about aid shipments to be sent to Armenians living in Azerbaijan.

"Aviation security consultant Dyami Strategic Security Services has warned its clients to avoid the area, with founder and CEO Eric Schouten expressing concern that operators may not yet be taking the overflight risk seriously enough. “This is a truly dangerous emerging hotspot,” he told AIN."

To read this article, click here.



British High Commissioner Gifts State-of-the-Art Airport Security Scanners to Pakistan

Published by Gov.UK 4 September 2023

"UK funding of £164,000 (60 million Rupees) has provided two state-of-the-art screening units for Karachi and Lahore airports to detect illicit items in passenger baggage. This technology will help to protect both British and Pakistani nationals travelling from Pakistan to the UK and elsewhere.

"This is one small part of the UK’s ongoing aviation work with Pakistan, which is helping to raise safety and security standards."

To read this article, click here



HMP Erlestoke: Men Arrested as Drone Drops Package into Prison [UK]

Published by BBC News 2 September 2023

"Prison staff reported seeing a drone flying over the prison and it is believed to have dropped the package of suspicious items into the grounds.

"Three men from the Bristol area, aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s, have been arrested."

To read this article, click here.



Drug Cartels are Sharply Increasing Use of Bomb-Dropping Drones, Mexican Army Says

Published by CBS News 23 August 2023

"The Mexican army said Tuesday that drug cartels have increased their use of roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices — especially bomb-dropping drones — this year, with 42 soldiers, police and suspects wounded by IEDs so far in 2023, up from 16 in 2022.

"The figures provided by Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval appeared to include only those wounded by explosive devices, but officials have already acknowledged that at least one National Guard officer and four state police officers have been killed in two separate explosive attacks this year."

To read this article, click here



Jordan Shoots Down Crystal Meth-Laden Drone From Syria

Published by Aljazeera 14 August 2023

"A drone carrying crystal meth has been downed by Jordan’s military as it flew into Jordanian territory from neighbouring Syria, state news agency Petra reported.

"Petra on Sunday quoted a source within the Jordanian armed forces as saying that the drone was “taken control of and downed”, and the crystal meth was handed over to the “competent authorities”."

To read this article, click here.



OPP Seek Small Airplane, Trailer Reported Stolen North of Peterborough [Canada]

Published by Global News 10 August 2023

"Police are investigating the theft of a plane and a trailer used to carry it north of Peterborough earlier this week.

According to Peterborough County OPP, officers on Wednesday received a call from the owner of the plane and trailer advising they had been stolen sometime between 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 8."

To read this article, click here.



South American Militaries Take Aim at Narco Trafficking with New Radars, Exercises

Published by Breaking Defense 7 August 2023

"About two weeks ago Brazilian authorities sent up two Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to intercept a Beechcraft Baron 50 that had flown into Brazilian airspace from Paraguay and was suspected of ferrying drugs.

"The planes, assisted by an early warning and control aircraft, fired warning shots at the private plane and eventually forced it down. Sure enough, the authorities discovered some 500 kilograms of cocaine inside, according to a 26 July press release by the Brazilian Air Force."

To read this article, click here



TSA Backs Stronger Philippine Aviation Security

Published by Transportation Security Administration 1 August 2023

"WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) affirmed its commitment to provide additional training and equipment to the Philippines’ Office for Transportation Security (OTS) as part of its sustainable security initiatives.

"During a courtesy visit to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, TSA Assistant Administrator for International Operations Gary Renfrow noted the improved aviation security in the Philippines and assured the transport chief of continued support for capacity development efforts for airport authorities."

To read this press release, click here



They Found 32 Kilos More of Cocaine Near the Area Where the Drug Dealers’ Small Plane Crashed in Chaco [Argentina]

Published by Buenos Aires Times 27 July 2023

"Policemen of the “Roque Sáenz Peña” Squad 1 of Villa Ángela, while raking up the city of Avía Teraí, Chaco, found 30 packets containing 32.726 kilos of cocaine.

"They were found 60 metres away from where last week a small plane with Bolivian number plate CP-3123 carrying 324 kilos of the drug inside crashed, which was part of the cargo seized and made available to the Federal Prosecutor’s office of Roque Sáenz Peña."

To read this article, click here.



ICAO and WCO Update Guidance to Help Mitigate Air Cargo Security Threats

Published by International Civil Aviation Organization 24 July 2023

"Montréal, 24 July 2023 – To further assist air transport regulators and operators in their mitigation of security threats associated with air cargo activities, ICAO and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have released a revised supply chain and secure mail publication today. 

"The highly complex nature of the air cargo and mail operating environment, involving a multiplicity of entities, might add to the day-to-day operational difficulties of implementing security measures and countering threats. The advice, which has been published in the third edition of “Moving Air Cargo Globally”, describes the roles and responsibilities of these various entities, and highlights how they can work together effectively to secure air cargo and mail within the regulatory framework."

To read this news release, click here.



Climate Activists Spray Paint on $13 Million Private Jet [Spain]

Published by Yahoo! News 17 July 2023

Airports take several measures to secure their property, understanding the risks that breaches pose. These measures include fencing, security lighting, personnel, vehicle monitoring and other methods. 

It is unknown how four individuals breached the Ibiza Airport in Spain and gained access to a parked private jet, which they proceeded to cover with spray paint. 

To watch this video, click here.



Police Thwart Takeoff of Loaded Drug Plane in Upala [Costa Rica]

Published by QCOSTARICA 13 July 2023

"The police unit sent to the scene discovered a clandestine runway inside the farm located near the border with Nicaragua and people loading it with pacas (bales) of apparent marijuana (awaiting official confirmation) and fuel for a takeoff.

"...Marlon Cubillo, director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), confirmed that “after the tip we immediately dispatched a police unit and confirmed the discovery of the plane on a clandestine runway inside the farm. It was being loaded with fuel for takeoff.”

To read this article, click here.



Murtala Muhammed Airport: Thieves Breach Security, Steal Million-Worth Lighting Components [Nigeria]

Published by Nigerian Tribune 10 July 2023

"Nine months after the multi-million Naira airfield lighting systems at the domestic runway 18 Runway/36Left of the Murtala Muhamed Airport were reinstalled, information reaching the Nigerian Tribune has indicated that the entire lighting system on the runway has been mysteriously carted away.

"The criminals were said to have taken advantage of the closure of the runway for over three months to carry out the dangerous criminality at the number one gateway airport."

To read this article, click here.



$2.6M (in Drugs) Will Get You 31 (Years) for Illicit Drone Deliveries to UK Prisons

Published by DroneDJ 4 July 2023

"A UK court has handed a total of 31 years in jail time to a seven people who operated drone deliveries of banned items to a Manchester area prison, including drugs that a testifying expert estimated were worth as much as £1.7 million ($2.16 million). 

"The series of drone deliveries to the UK’s Risley prison in Warrington continued from August to December 2020 – a rather astonishing length of time, given the closed-circuit TV (CCTV) coverage that recorded everything going on around the facility. During that five-month period, a total of 20 flights transported contraband to inmates participating in the scheme, which in addition to smuggling cannabis and heroin into the clink also airlifted mobile phones, SIM cards, and other prohibited items."

To read this article, click here.



Drugs Rain Down on Countryside After French Fighter Jet Intercepts Tourist Plane

Published by CBS News 28 June 2023

"A French fighter jet intercepted a tourist plane over a remote region of France over the weekend, leading the pilot of the small aircraft to throw out more than a dozen bags of suspected drugs, security and air force sources told AFP.

"One of France's most modern fighters was sent to check on the single-seated tourist plane over the remote Ardeche region Saturday after it flew through restricted airspace near a nuclear plant and was judged to be maneuvering suspiciously."

To read this article, click here.



Phuket Airport Tests Security with a Gunman Simulation Drill

Published by Thaiger 26 June 2023

"A full-scale exercise of Phuket International Airport Emergency Plan (PEMEX 2023) was enacted, simulating an ‘active gunman’ scenario. The drill took place following the departure of the last domestic flight for the day and was conducted from 11pm on the second floor of the Domestic Terminal.

"Security exercises like this are routinely held at the airport under the ‘PEMEX’ banner primarily designed to ensure that all response agencies and organisations are well-trained and aware of the necessary procedures to tackle such emergencies. The practice session was held at a controlled time, under controlled circumstances after all passengers for the day’s final flight had exited the vicinity. It aimed at preparing personnel for a scenario involving a gunman on a rampage within the domestic terminal, The Phuket News reported."

To read this article, click here.



Airport Nabs Indian Man Smuggling 144 Grams of Diamonds [India]

Published by 17 June 2023

"Head of the Soekarno-Hatta Customs and Excise Division Gatot Sugeng Wibowo announced that he had foiled a smuggling attempt of 144 grams of diamonds by a 25-year-old Indian national identified as RA. Customs officers said the suspect hid the item inside their ‘modified’ undergarments.

“It was modified with additional pouches and stitches in the groin area,” said Gatot to Tempo on Friday, June 16, 2023."

To read this article, click here.



Hunterston Nuclear Power Station: No Fly Zone 'Breach' Claim [UK]

Published by Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald 2 June 2023 

"Aircraft apps showed that a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 plane repeatedly circled the nuclear power plant - leading to the matter being raised by a concerned resident at a public meeting this week.

"West Kilbride community councillor John Lamb, who was attending the Hunterston Site Stakeholders Group, asked the civil nuclear police if they were aware that there was low flying aircraft over the power station zone."

To read this article, click here



Bizjet Protesters Breach Geneva Airport Secure Zone [Switzerland]

Published by AINonline 23 May 2023

"Protestors breached security at Switzerland’s Geneva Airport at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, knocking down fencing around the EBACE 2023 static park and handcuffing themselves to business jets on display..."

"The airport was temporarily shut down at around 11:45 a.m. in response to the security breach, with takeoffs and landings briefly halted and aircraft having to hold and burn more fuel than would have been the case had the protests not happened. Static display visitors were not allowed to leave and had to wait about an hour before being released to get on buses back to the exhibit hall. Some visitors reported breathing fumes from pepper spray presumably used by the police against protesters."

To read this article, click here.



Drone Sighting Forces Flight Diversions at Gatwick Airport [UK]

Published by Aviation Source News 15 May 2023

"Operations at London Gatwick Airport were suspended temporarily yesterday afternoon, Sunday May 14, as a precautionary measure following the report of a drone sighting close to the airport facility.

"The report of suspected drone sighting close to Gatwick airport yesterday resulted in the halting of flight operations from 1:44 PM local time whilst authorities carried out an investigation."

To read this article, click here.



Thieves Using Drones Suspected to be Behind Northland Rural Thefts [New Zealand]

Published by The Northern Advocate 8 May 2023

"Police are investigating a number of thefts from isolated, rural properties around Northland, and some of the victims believe the thieves used drones to case out their properties first.

"And while Police are not aware of any cases of drones being used ahead of thefts, they urge people in rural areas to do their bit to fight such crime by reporting any suspicious activity as soon as possible, including any suspect drones."

To read this article, click here.



UAE Police Unveil Hi-Tech Crime-Fighting Robot Drone

Published by Arabian Business 4 May 2023

"RAS Al Khaimah Police announced the launch of the new high-tech crime-fighting equipment in a social media post on Thursday.

"The drone, unveiled by General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, will be used to locate and observe criminal suspects from in the air."

To read this article, click here.



Aviation Security Experts Stress Need to Constantly Upgrade Safety Network [India]

Published by The Print 27 April 2023

"Today, with an exponential growth of the India aviation sector and modern technology taking over the sky, experts feel that there is a need to constantly upgrade and enhance the safety network...

“If security is concerned, we need to look ahead. We need to work out what are the challenges that are going to come. As technology becomes more lethal and available to everybody, there are more and more chances of things going wrong,” General (retired) Singh said.

To read this article, click here.



Drug-Smuggling Drones Rampant in Canadian Prisons, Says Correctional Officers' Union

Published by CBC Canada 26 April 2023

Just about every day, weapons, cell phones, steroids and illegal drugs are delivered to prisons across Canada via drone. 

Small, easy to purchase and difficult to detect, the new trend poses significant security challenges. 

To read this article, click here.



Toronto Airport Gold Heist: Police Say C$20m of Valuables Stolen

Published by BBC News 21 April 2023

"Canadian officials say more than C$20m ($15m, £12m) of gold and valuables were stolen on Monday 17 April.

"An aircraft container carrying the goods arrived at the airport in the evening and was transported to a cargo holding facility."

To read this article, click here.



Addressing Insecurity At Nigerian Airports

Published by MarketScreener 21 April 2023

In war-torn countries like Nigeria, many people are looking for a way to escape. Some seek freedom by sneaking across the country's borders on foot and making their way to Libya or Egypt where they can take a boat to Turkey or Greece. 

Others seek it by sneaking into airports and hiding in the wheel wells of an airport that is departing for another country. Security concerns have been raised over these breaches.

To read this article, click here.



Heightened Threat of State-Aligned Groups Against Western Critical National Infrastructure [UK]

Published by National Cyber Security Centre 19 April 2023

"Over the past 18 months, a new class of Russian cyber adversary has emerged. These state-aligned groups are often sympathetic to Russia’s invasion and are ideologically, rather than financially, motivated.

"Although these groups can align to Russia’s perceived interests, they are often not subject to formal state control, and so their actions are less constrained and they're targeting broader than traditional cyber crime actors. This makes them less predictable."

To read this alert, click here.



London City Becomes First Major U.K. Airport to Deploy Next Generation Security Scanners

Published by Homeland Security Today 8 April 2023

"London City Airport has become the first major airport in the U.K. to deploy next generation security scanners for all passengers, enabling travelers to pass through security without removing laptops and liquids from their hand luggage. 

"Passengers flying from the central London airport for the Easter getaway will be the first in London to benefit from the new guidelines. They no longer have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles and can leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their bag, as they pass through streamlined security screening. Bottles with a capacity of 2 liters are also now permitted at London City Airport."

To read this article, click here



Dublin Airport Operator Launches Review After Man Boarded Plane Without a Passport or Boarding Pass [Ireland]

Published by 29 March 2023

"A man made it through Dublin Airport and boarded an airplane without a passport or boarding pass in a major security breach on Monday night...

"The Dublin Airport operator today said it has launched an internal review into the incident."

To read this article, click here.



Climate Activists Arrested after Dutch Airport Breach

Published by Clarabiya News 25 March 2023

Any breach of an airport's property is a serious security threat, regardless of the reason, and generates questions. These questions surround how the person or persons were able to gain access to a secure area, what caused the security measures in place to fail, and what changes the airport can make to prevent future trespasses. 

To read this article, click here.



Five Arrested Over Black Flight Loaded with Meth [Australia]

Published by Australian Federal Police 23 March 2023

"Five alleged criminal syndicate members accused of orchestrating a black flight from PNG to Australia with 52kg of methamphetamine on board have been charged under an AFP-led investigation.

"Four of the five men, all from NSW, appeared before Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday (22 March, 2023) on charges relating to their alleged involvement in the black flight. One man, 54, is scheduled to appear today (23 March, 2023)."

To read this media release, click here.



TSA Advances Aviation Security in Asia-Pacific

Published by Homeland Security Today 18 March 2023

"TSA’s effort to further advance transportation security around the world is taking another step forward.

"Representatives from 29 foreign air carriers and U.S. aircraft operators participated in an Asia-Pacific Regional Industry Summit, which TSA conducted in Sydney, Australia. The event gave TSA the opportunity to engage directly with carriers in the Asia-Pacific region."

To read this article, click here.



An Attempted Airport Heist of $32 Million in Chile Leaves 2 People Dead

Published by NPR 8 March 2023

"SANTIAGO, Chile — An airport shootout in Chile's capital killed a security officer and an alleged robber Wednesday in what authorities said was an attempted heist of more than $32 million in cash aboard a plane from Miami.

"Around 10 heavily armed robbers were able to skirt security measures to reach the runway at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, where a Latam airlines aircraft had $32.5 million in cash that was being transferred to an armored truck, Interior Subsecretary Manuel Monsalve said."

To read this article, click here.



How to Protect Airports From Drones [Global]

Published by RTE 3 March 2023

"The latest series of drone-related disruption at Dublin Airport has once again highlighted the need for new security systems in an era of ubiquitous drone availability. So what solutions exist today for stopping malicious drone operations, and what solutions are expected to appear soon?

"From the perspective of security, drones can be classified under two categories: fully assembled off-the-shelf drones made by drone manufacturers and DIY drones assembled from different components. With the former, the best option for ensuring lawful drone use is to work with the manufacturers to include compulsory security mechanisms into the drones being sold."

To read this article, click here.



London City Airport to be First to Scrap 100ml Liquid Rule [UK]

Published by Evening Standard 2 March 2023

"London City Airport is becoming the first in the UK to get rid of the 100ml liquid limit thanks to new technology, in time for Easter and the school holidays. 

"The new liquid limit will be two litres, and travellers will no longer need to place creams and cosmetic items in a plastic bag separate to the rest of their luggage, in the biggest relaxation in aviation security in decades."

To read this article, click here.



Updated: Brazilian Helicopter Pilot, Gold Miner Arrested; Aircraft, Gun, Ammo Seized [Guyana]

Published by Demerara Waves 21 February 2023

Aircraft are often used by individuals or groups to run illegal operations and this poses a special risk to aviation in general. Often, these aircraft are flying without clearance and they may not meet security or safety requirements. 

Recently, authorities in Guyana arrested a pilot after he illegally landed his helicopter at an illegal gold mining camp. 

To read this article, click here.



Nigeria: Govt Strengthens Aviation Security At Airports, Injects 381 New Personnel

Published by AllAfrica 20 February 2023

"As risks to aviation facilities are elevated due to the pervading insecurity across the country, the federal government has introduced additional aviation security personnel to adequately secure the federal airports across the country."

To read this article, click here.



Senate Probes Alleged ‘Human Trafficking’ in Private Jet Flight at NAIA [Philippines]

Published by Rappler 17 February 2023

"MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will soon investigate an alleged human trafficking scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a chartered flight with airport police escorts took off with several “unauthorized individuals” onboard.

"Senator Grace Poe revealed that airport authorities were unable to stop undeclared passengers from boarding a Dubai-bound private jet on Monday, February 13."

To read this article, click here.



Drone Delivery Takes off in Kolkata After ATC Nod [India]

Published by The Times of India 11 February 2023

"KOLKATA: Drone operations have taken off in the city following a go-ahead from the air traffic control (ATC) at Kolkata Airport after rigorous trials. The move has paved the way for revolutionising deliveries - ranging from goods available on e0commerce sites and packages handled by courier companies to dishes ordered from restaurants and even pathological samples analyses by diagnostic laboratories."

To read this article, click here.



Drugs, Contraband Seized After Suspected Drone Drop at Warkworth Institutions [Canada]

Published by The Peter Borough Examiner 7 February 2023

"A package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized by staff following a suspected drone drop on Feb. 4 at Warkworth Institution, a medium-security federal institution.

"The seized items included approximately 306 grams of marijuana, 164 grams of tobacco, 134 grams of shatter (cannabis concentrate), and 15 grams of MDMA (also known as Ecstasy or Molly)."

To read this article, click here.



Dublin Airport Suspends Flights For Third Day In A Row Because Of Drone [Ireland]

Published by Simply Flying 7 February 2023

"Several inbound flights at Dublin Airport were diverted or suspended Monday evening due to drone activity in the airport’s airspace. The latest incident is the third to occur at the airport in the last three days. Flight operations at the airport were suspended for nearly an hour due to the disruption."

To read this article, click here.



Mumbai Airport Put on Alert After Threat from Terror Group [India]

Published by India Today 7 February 2023 

"Police and other security forces at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have been put on alert after a threat call from a terror group, Indian Mujahideen (IM).

"According to sources, the threat call was received at the airport on Monday. They said the caller introduced himself as Irfan Ahmed Sheikh, a member of the terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen."

To read this article, click here.



Argentina: As Narco-Related Aircraft Theft is on the Rise, General Aviation Clubs Take Action

Published by AviacionLine 19 January 2023

"In less than a month, the province of Chaco, in the northeast of Argentina, was the scene of two aircraft thefts that made national (and even international) news due to their peculiarities.

"The theft of civilian aircraft by criminal organizations linked to drug trafficking or smuggling is quite common in the region. An InSight Crime report published in 2016 mentions Argentina as one of the largest cocaine markets in South America and also one of the departure points for the drug to Europe."

To read this article, click here.



Despite Tightened Security, Illicit Goods Floods Lagos Airport Cargo Terminal [Nigeria]

Published byTHISDAY 19 January 2023

"Despite the close monitoring, tightened scrutiny and investigations to boost security around the airport, the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, is still a veritable route for the smuggling of drugs, weapons and other illegal goods, THISDAY checks have revealed."

To read this article,  click here.



Airports Put on High Alert Amidst Threat Perceptions [India]

Published by The Hindu 12 January 2023

"The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued an alert calling for intensified anti-sabotage measures at all airports in the country in view of escalated threat perceptions.

"According to police sources, a high level of alert has been sounded in view of inputs received from intelligence agencies to step up security at airports. Besides strict access-control measures, the State police have been told to station Quick Reaction Teams at vantage points and enhance patrolling in the vicinity of the airports."

To read this story, click here.



Mexico: Airport Closed, Flights Canceled and Chaos in Culiacan after Chapo Guzman’s Son Arrest

Published by AviacionLine 5 January 2023

Cartels have a history of acting violently when their leaders are apprehended by authorities. It is a common intimidation tactic and puts countless innocent lives at risk. 

After it became a target of a weaponized attack by the Sinaloa Cartel, the Federal International Airport of Culiacan was closed.

To read this article, click here



An Overview of Brazilian Airport Security

Published by International Airport Review 24 December 2022

"Since the events of 9/11, airports have continued to focus their efforts on preventing acts of unlawful interference, particularly with weapons and explosives. The regulatory framework in this field has expanded considerably around the world, either nationally, through international co‑operation/agreements, or through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention and the Universal Security Audit Program (USAP).

"Additionally, airport operators are required to establish and maintain a security programme covering their activities."

To read this article, click here.



U.K. Airports Will Ease Restrictions on Liquids and Laptops in Carry-On Bags

Published by Smithsonian Magazine 21 December 2022

"By mid-2024, airports in the United Kingdom will allow passengers to bring liquids of up to 67.6 ounces (2 liters) in their carry-on bags, up from the current limit of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters). Travelers won’t need to remove liquids or large electronic items like laptops from their bags as they pass through security checkpoints, either."

To read this article, click here.



Laser pen attack on Dublin Airport planes slammed as 'reckless and irresponsible' [Ireland]

Published by DublinLive 9 December 2022

"The targeting of laser points at planes in Dublin Airport has been blasted as "reckless and irresponsible".

"An Garda Siochana are currently investigating the incident which happened last week. The planes were attempting to land at Dublin Airport at around 9pm on Friday evening when they suffered a series of laser pen attacks, reports the Irish Independent."

To read this article, click here.



Global Crackdown on Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trade: INTERPOL and World Customs Organization Join Forces

Published by Interpol 6 December 2022

"Codenamed “Thunder 2022”, the month-long (3-30 October) operation brought together police, customs, financial intelligence units, wildlife and forestry enforcement agencies from 125 countries - the largest number of countries to take part in a Thunder operation since the series started in 2017.

"Searches at land and air border checkpoints focused on illegally traded species protected by national legislation or CITES."

To read this article, click here.



Pivot Airlines Crew Back in Canada After Being Trapped in Dominican Republic Since Spring

Published by CTV News 1 December 2022

"Their ordeal began on April 5, shortly before takeoff from Punta Cana International Airport on a return flight to Toronto. With seven Canadian passengers on board the chartered plane, the crew discovered eight large duffle bags stuffed in the plane’s avionics bay. They immediately notified Dominican authorities and the RCMP back in Canada.

"Inside the bags were 210 kilograms of cocaine."

To read this article, click here.



MIAA Probes Fake Airport Passes Used for Human Trafficking [Philippines]

Published by 30 November 2022

"MANILA, Philippines — A deep-dive investigation has been ordered by the chief of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) into the alleged use of fraudulent airport passes for human trafficking activities after four passengers masquerading as airport employees were arrested recently."

To read this article, click here.



Cyber-Enabled Financial Crime: USD 130 Million Intercepted in Global INTERPOL Police Operation

Published by Interpol 24 November 2022

"LYON, France – An INTERPOL police operation to tackle online fraud has seen almost 1000 suspects arrested and the seizure of USD 129,975,440 worth of virtual assets.

"Fraud investigators around the world worked together over five months (28 June – 23 November) to intercept money and virtual assets linked to a wide range of cyber-enabled financial crimes and money laundering, assisting countries to recover and return illicitly obtained funds to victims."

To read this news release, click here



RP, Canada Hold Joint Aviation Security Assessment

Published by Journal Online, 16 November 2022

"AIMED at observing the implementation of aviation security measures for all flights bound for Canada coming from Manila, the Philippines, through the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) and airport authorities in Manila and in coordination with Transport Canada, held a five-day joint aviation security assessment from November 14 to 18, 2022."

To read this article, click here.



Taskforce to Probe Theft From Plane – Edghill [Guyana]

Published by Stabroek News Vacancy Reporter 7 November 2022

"Following last month’s theft from a private jet parked at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri,  government has set up an inter-agency taskforce to investigate and provide recommendations, Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill says."

To read this article, click here.



Attempted Kidnapping of Air Traffic Controllers in Haiti Puts Safety of Airspace at Risk

Published by AviationPros 3 November 2022

"The recent attempted kidnapping of three air traffic controllers near the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is raising concerns about the safety of the Caribbean country’s airspace.

"The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association, in a statement posted on its website, said it is “gravely concerned” following the armed attack, which took place Saturday afternoon near Toussaint Louverture International Airport in the capital, while the employees were being transported to work."

To read this article, click here.



Airport Workers Allowed 'Airside Access' Without Proper Security Screening, Audit Finds

Published by NZ Herald 18 October 2022

"Serious concerns have arisen about New Zealand's aviation security after airport workers in all our international airports were allowed "airside access" without adequate security checks.

"New Zealand pilots are calling for an independent inquiry, saying parts of our airports have been left vulnerable to security breaches and criminal activity."

To read this article, click here.



International Crackdown on West-African Financial Crime Rings

Published by Interpol 14 October 2022

"Lyon, France: Behind the headlines that emerged earlier this month on the arrest of two suspected online scammers in South Africa lies a global police operation coordinated by INTERPOL.

"Codenamed Operation Jackal, the joint law enforcement effort mobilized 14 countries across four continents in a targeted strike against Black Axe and related West-African organized crime groups."

To read this article, click here.



How a DJI Mini Drone Enabled a $147,000 ATM Robbery [France]

Published by DroneDJ 7 October 2022

"It’s a heist that would make Danny Ocean proud. In a stunningly brazen theft that even the police admit is “completely unprecedented,” a group of conmen is said to have used a DJI Mini drone to steal $147,000 (150,000 euros) from an ATM in the French city of Reims.

"While the incident took place in broad daylight this summer, it was highlighted by French media only last week."

To read this article, click here.



Gang Involved in Smuggling Heroin From Pakistan Using Drone Busted in Tarn Taran; Two Held [India]

Published by Hindustan Times 26 September 2022

"A special investigation team was formed to probe the incidents and following the investigation, we identified the accused who were found to be involved in the smuggling of heroin, arms and ammunition from across the border by using drones.”

To read this article, click here.



DRONE WAR Inside Irish Prisons’ Battle of the Skies to Stop Criminals Using Drones for Smuggling Drugs

Published by The Irish Sun 21 September 2022

"A NEW battle of the skies is being fought to stop jailed criminals using drones to smuggle phones and drugs into Irish jails.

"The Irish Prison authorities had their highest known seizure of contraband ever last year thanks to new anti-drone technology installed in six prison sites."

To read this article, click here.



More Than 200 Passengers Escorted off Qantas Flight by Armed Police at Melbourne Airport After Security Screening Issue [Australia]

Published by Sky News 8 September 2022

"More than 200 passengers were kicked off a Qantas flight moments after the aircraft landed following the mid-air discovery of a security screening issue.

"Authorities deemed flight QF487 from Sydney to Melbourne on Wednesday night an "unscreened aircraft" after one passenger failed to be screened before boarding."

To read this article, click here.



Armed Thieves Make off with Narco Plane Seized in Baja California

Published by Mexico News Daily 2 September 2022

"It appears the narcos got their airplane back after an armed robbery Sunday in San Quintín, Baja California.

"Armed men forced their way into the storage area of a towing company and stole a plane previously confiscated by authorities. The Cessna aircraft was seized during a drug bust in San Quintín 2021. The plane was carrying a cargo of morphine, cocaine, and fentanyl."

To read this article, click here.



Drunk Man Breached Security Fence at Aberdeen Airport [Scotland]

Published by BBC News 1 September 2022

"Ryan Duncan, 39, was said to be completely inebriated when he got into the restricted area, near planes, in March last year.

"He got over what was described as a 2.5m fence (8ft) which also had half a metre (1.6ft) of barbed wire."

To read this article, click here.



Taiwan Grapples with Human Trafficking Spike

Published by The Diplomat 1 September 2022

"Human trafficking of Taiwanese victims became a significant political issue in Taiwan in August. Although according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more than 222 cases of Taiwanese having their freedom restricted were reported to Taiwan’s representative office in Ho Chi Minh City between June 21 and August 10, there was only increased discussion of the issue after Taiwanese politicians and media began to zoom in on the issue. News of the trafficking cases takes place after increased international scrutiny on the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia, with victims including Taiwanese, Chinese, Malaysians, Thai, Vietnamese, and others."

To read this article, click here.



Shirtless Man Breaks into Penticton Airport; Almost $30k in Losses [Canada]

Published by Coast Mountain News 26 August 2022

"The RCMP is asking for the public’s help in identifying a shirtless man who broke into a large helicopter hangar in Penticton and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

"The suspect, described as a man in his early to mid-40s with a large figure and curly hair, was caught on camera looking around the facility, going through storage and climbing into a helicopter."

To read this article, click here.



Argentina Announces US$45mn Investment in Aviation Security

Published by Bnamericas 17 August 2022

"The Minister of Transportation of the Nation, Alexis Guerrera, visited the city of Bariloche, where he was received by Governor Arabela Carreras, to announce the beginning of the Project for the Modernization of the Air Traffic Surveillance System throughout the country. With the aim of incorporating technology, modernizing radars and strengthening the safety of operations for all passengers, an investment of US$44,900,000 will be made."

To read this article, click here.



FCO Welcomes New Advanced Carry-On Baggage Screening [Italy]

Published by Airport Review 10 August 2022

"Leonardo di Vinci International Airport has launched new, advanced computed tomography X-ray scanners in order for passengers to no longer have to remove liquids during the carry-on baggage screening stage."

To read this article, click here.



A Helicopter is Reported Stolen From the Mexico City International Airport in Mysterious Case

Published by Vallarta Daily News 8 August 2022

A helicopter was allegedly stolen when it was in the hangars of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). The aircraft is a Bell 203 B3, Jet Ranger, with registration XB-JSR, whose owner is Jesús Silvestre RC according to official records, he is an aviator pilot who was reported missing in June.

To read this article, click here



Gardaí Seize €8.4m of Cocaine ‘Flown Into Co Longford on Private Plane’ [Ireland]

Published by 5 August 2022

"Gardaí have seized cocaine with a value of €8.4m and a light aircraft in an operation targeting organised crime.

"The 120-kilo haul was seized when officers attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by other units, intercepted two vehicles shortly after 6pm at two locations in the Lough Owel area of Co. Westmeath.

"Along with the significant haul of cocaine, gardaí also seized a light aircraft at a commercial airfield in Co. Longford, where it is believed the drugs were flown to."

To read this article, click here.



Ransomware: 1.5 Million People Have got Their Files Back Without Paying the Gangs. Here's How [Europe]

Published by ZDNet 26 July 2022

"The battle against ransomware is challenging because not only are ransomware attacks extremely disruptive, but in many cases, victims opt to pay the ransom demand for a decryption key – fueling additional ransomware attacks because criminals know they can make easy money. 

"However, one scheme continues to take the fight to ransomware gangs and has now helped over 1.5 million victims successfully decrypt their machines without giving into ransom demands, preventing an estimated $1.5 billion from ending up in the hands of cyber criminals."

To read this story, click here.



Brazilian, Colombian Drug Smugglers Jailed & Fined in Guyana

Published by Loop Caribbean News 14 July 2022

"A court has jailed two foreign nationals, who last Sunday illegally landed a white Cessna skyline single-engine airplane laden with cocaine and marijuana at Mahdia Airstrip, Region Eight.

"Brazilian, Mateus Vinicius Pontes Alberto, 23 and 43-year-old Colombia national Canon Dandres Estiven Rodrigues, were fined in excess of GUY$435 million each and jailed for four years, six months after they were found guilty of being in possession of 639.9 pounds of cocaine, and 120.45 pounds of marijuana found in the aircraft."

To read this story, click here.



The Transportation Security Administration and ACI EUROPE Agree in Principle to Open Architecture for Security Screening Technology Throughout Europe

Published by Transportation Security Administration 8 July 2022

"BRUSSELS – The chief executives from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International), and airport and industry stakeholders, including London Heathrow, Avinor, and the European Organization for Security (EOS), met in Brussels to endorse their continued collaboration and address open architecture for airport security systems."

To read this press release, click here.



Delhi Airport Gets Full-Body Scanners: Understanding How They Will Change Aviation Security

Published by Firstpost 5 July 2022

"Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday announced that it has started trials of the full-body scanner at its Terminal 2. The new addition to the airport’s security is in line with the directive of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

“Full-body scanners can detect non-metal objects, which are hard to detect with the conventional door frame metal detector,” Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said in a statement."

To read this article, click here.



India Customs Officials Seize Gold Smuggled Inside Seat of Aircraft From Abu Dhabi

Published by Alarabiya News 5 July 2022

"Indian customs officials have seized almost 1,000 grams of gold concealed in the piping of a seat from an aircraft which had flown into Delhi from Abu Dhabi.

"The undeclared gold paste worth about $55,000 was found concealed on the plane which had landed in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, officials reported on Twitter on Tuesday."

To read this article, click here



Hundreds Arrested and Millions Seized in Global INTERPOL Operation Against Social Engineering Scams

Published by INTERPOL 15 June 2022

"LYON, France -- A worldwide crackdown on social engineering fraud has seen scammers identified globally, substantial criminal assets seized and new investigative leads triggered in every continent.

"The two-month (8 March – 8 May 2022) Operation, codenamed First Light 2022, saw 76 countries take part in an international clampdown on the organized crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.

"Police in participating countries raided national call centres suspected of telecommunications or scamming fraud, particularly telephone deception, romance scams, e-mail deception, and connected financial crime."

To read this article, click here.



Canada Air Crew Caught up in ‘Hellish’ Dominican Republic Drugs Bust Begs for Repatriation

Published by The Guardian 14 June 2022

Aircraft operators providing international chartered flights must prepare their flight crews for any situation. However, there is always the risk that a flight crew will be facing drug smuggling allegations or detainment if illegal drugs are found on board the aircraft.

One Canadian charter air crew is now facing uncertainty after reporting several suspicious duffle bags to authorities in the Dominican Republic that were found to contain cocaine.

To read this article, click here.



Madagascar Denies Entry to SA aircraft – and It Might Have Something to do with a Stash of Gold Bars

Published by Daily Maverick 8 June 2022

A legal dispute involving the smuggling of cash and gold by air travelers may have led to a recent decision affecting aviation in Madagascar. Private planes, chartered aircraft and commercial flights from South Africa have been denied landing access to airports in the country. 

To read this article, click here.



Third of UK Firms Have Experienced a Security Breach Since 2020

Published by Infosecurity Magazine 30 May 2022

"Cyber-threats are behind soaring fraud and economic crime in the UK, where rates are now second only globally to South Africa, according to PwC.

"The consulting giant’s latest Global Economic Crime Survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (64%) of UK businesses experienced fraud, corruption or other economic/financial crime during the past 24 months, a significant increase on the 56% recorded in 2020, and 50% in 2018."

To read this article, click here.



Hoax Bomb Threat at Kempegowda International Airport; Police Investigating [India]

Published by The New Indian Express 20 May 2022

It is difficult to determine why someone makes a false bomb threat against an airport. They may simply be trying to cause chaos or they may be fueled by a grudge. 

Regardless, it is important for airports to take each threat seriously, as investigators in India are doing. 

To read this article, click here.



FF-16s Intercept Cargo Plane in Dutch Airspace After Bomb Threat

Published by NL # Times 18 May 2022

"On Tuesday, two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted a cargo plane from China in Dutch airspace and escorted it to Liege Airport. The reason for this was a bomb threat, which later turned out to be false, said Christian Delcourt, a spokesperson for Liege Airport."

To read this article, click here.



Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Bamako, Mali

Published by U.S. Embassy in Mali 6 May 2022

"The U.S. Embassy in Mali advises U.S. citizens that a terrorist attack in Bamako may be planned targeting Malian government offices, the airport, and/or locations frequented by Westerners including diplomatic facilities, hotels, and restaurants.

"The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats:

  • A curfew has been implemented for Embassy staff from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.
  • Employees have been advised to avoid crowded areas and venues frequented by Westerners."

To read this alert, click here.



Drone Carrying Guns Into Canada From US Intercepted After Crashing Into Tree

Published by The Guardian 3 May 2022

"Police in Canada have intercepted a drone which crossed the border from the United States carrying a shopping bag with nearly a dozen handguns – but only after the pilot crashed the device into a nearby tree.

"Officers in southern Ontario were called to a home near the town of Port Lambton, north-east of Detroit, after residents reported seeing a stranger maneuvering a commercial drone."

To read this article, click here.



Google: Nation-State Phishing Campaigns Expanding to Target Eastern Europe Orgs

Published by The Record 3 May 2022

"Wide-ranging phishing campaigns targeting Eastern European countries are continuing to expand, according to a new report from Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG).

"Cyber actors from Russia, Belarus and China are using a variety of email-based attack methods to steal credentials and gain access to organizations in Ukraine, Lithuania, Central Asia, countries in the Baltics and even Russia itself."

To read this article, click here.



New Zealand Welcomes Back Tourists as it Eases Pandemic Rules

Published by NPR 2 May 2022

"WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand welcomed tourists from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in more than two years Monday after dropping most of its remaining pandemic border restrictions."

To read this article, click here.



The Human Firewall – The Human Side of Cyber Security [Hungary]

Published by Cyber Security Review April 2022

"The aim of modern on-demand government is to build effective efficient and economic public administration system and to increase client satisfaction. This is why electronic governmental services, identification and authentication processes have been developed continuously in the past few years in Hungary. The improvement programs on digital state building supported this goal as well. We cannot lose sight of the fact that during digitalisation programs, in order to build an open, safe and secure digital state, we must consider the cybersecurity aspect a priority."

To read this article, click here.



Warsaw Airport Closed Due To Threats Against Aircraft

Published by Simple Flying 21 April 2022

"On April 21, Poland's Warsaw Chopin Airport was temporarily closed after a bomb threat to an Emirates flight from Dubai. Emirates EK177 was on approach to Warsaw Chopin Airport when it received a message from air traffic control that it had "hazardous materials" onboard. The Boeing 777-31H(ER), registration A6-ENX, landed safely at 1940 local time (1740 UTC) and taxied to a remote part of the airport."

To read this article, click here.



Burma (Myanmar) Travel Advisory

Published by U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs 18 April 2022

"Do not travel to Burma due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict. Reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

"The Burmese military has detained and deposed elected government officials. Protests and demonstrations against military rule have occurred and are expected to continue."

To read this advisory, click here.



Over 42 Million People in the UK Had Financial Data Compromised

Published by Tech Republic 18 April 2022

"As the number of cyberattacks grow from a variety of different angles, look no further than the United Kingdom for how compromised systems can have an economic impact. According to a release from international law firm RPC, the financial information belonging to approximately 42.2 million people in the U.K. was surrendered due to a growing number of ransomware attacks."

To read this article, click here.



Sonora: Growing Air Corridor for Synthetic Drugs on US-Mexico Border

Published by InSight Crime 18 April 2022

"Mexican authorities have intercepted a succession of flights carrying synthetic drugs to the northern state of Sonora, with the state acquiring greater importance as a smuggling corridor to the United States.

"On April 8, the Mexican Army and Air Force forced an unknown aircraft to divert course and seized the over 370 kilograms of drugs it hurriedly dropped off, including 276 kilograms of methamphetamine and 49 kilograms of fentanyl, according to a Defense Ministry press release."

To read this article, click here.



'Brazilian Escobar' and a Turkish Jet Filled with Cocaine

Published by DW Amended 13 April 2022

"A jet full of cocaine in Brazil shows Turkey's increasing role in global drug trafficking. The UN drugs agency says the cocaine is sent via Turkey to EU countries, as well as Eastern European and Middle Eastern nations."

To read this article, click here.



Sweden Scraps All Entry Rules, Joining Restriction-Free European Countries

Published by Euronews.Travel 4 April 2022

"Sweden has scrapped all travel restrictions, joining a number of European countries that are now completely open to international tourists.

"Non-EU travellers no longer need a vaccination or test certificate to enter the Scandinavian nation, after the rules were relaxed on Friday 1 April."

To read this article, click here.



Norton Phishing Scam Uses Personal Info to Steal Money from Victims [UK]

Published by Tech Times 2 April 2022

"The official Action Fraud body of the UK has just announced the new email phishing scam that pretends to be the Norton brand to steal victims' personal information. With that, Action Fraud notes that they are already getting 110 reports in seven days."

To read this article, click here.



ICAO UAE Mission Fosters New Agreement and Progress on Aviation Cybersecurity and Innovation

Published by International Civil Aviation Organization 31 March 2022

"An ICAO mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week led to new developments and progress in the areas of aviation cybersecurity and innovation.

"Accompanied by ICAO’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Mr. Mohamed Abu Baker Farea, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano’s official visit to Dubai included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with H.E Mohamed Al Gergawi Minister of UAE Cabinet Affairs formalizing a new ICAO-UAE partnership for institutional development and experience exchange. It will see the two parties collaborating more intensively and sharing their knowledge and experience in terms of accelerators, innovation in future civil aviation, and cybersecurity."

To read this press release, click here.



Gunmen Kill One in Airport Attack in Nigeria

Published by Reuters 27 March 2022

"Gunmen killed one person during an airport attack in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna on Saturday afternoon, three sources working at the airport said, the latest in a series of attacks by gunmen in the north of the country.

"A ground crew and two airport officials said armed men entered the airport premises through a perimeter fence from a nearby forest and started shooting sporadically to scare workers."

To read this article, click here.



Children Fleeing War in Ukraine at Heightened Risk of Trafficking and Exploitation

Published by UNICEF 19 March 2022

"Geneva / New York - Children fleeing war in Ukraine are at heightened risk of human trafficking and exploitation, UNICEF warned today. Traffickers often seek to exploit the chaos of large scale population movements, and with more than 1.5 million children having fled Ukraine as refugees since 24 February, and countless others displaced by violence inside the country, the threat facing children is real and growing."

To read this press release, click here.



Private Jets to Airliners: The Use of Private Aircraft in Narco-Trafficking [Global]

Published by ARACHNYS 4 March 2022

"The use of private aircraft for narco-trafficking into the United States (US) is not new and has been seen as far back as the 1970s.  The heyday of narco-trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes, nicknamed ‘Lord of the Skies’[1] for his use of a fleet of jets to transport drugs, may be long gone but the use of private jets continues today and has even expanded into Europe and West Africa. Private aircraft not only provide a means for narco-traffickers to transport drugs but with aircraft being high-value assets, they also provide a means by which to launder the illicit proceeds of drug trafficking itself."

To read this article, click here.




EU Bans Russian Flights and Aircraft From its Airspace

Published by Simple Flying 27 February 2022

"A formal announcement of an EU-wide ban has been made.

"After a fresh wave of airspace restrictions from Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, eyes turned to the European Union. Discussions of a formal bloc-wide ban on Russian air traffic were expected as part of fresh sanctions in the wake of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The European Union already banned exports of aviation equipment and spare parts to Russia, potentially grounding much of Aeroflot's majority Airbus fleet."

To read this article, click here.



Canada Announces Funding to Increase Airport Security and Safety

Published by Homeland Security Today 12 February 2022

"The Canadian government has announced critical infrastructure funding for several airports, which will include security and safety improvements.

"Edmonton International Airport will receive $10.4 million in new funding to support investments in information technology infrastructure, including new hardware, software, network and data facilities, to increase security and better protect the airport from potential cybersecurity and system attacks. The funding will also support the replacement of critical infrastructure to enhance the efficiency and security of airport check-in and boarding; and projects to enable COVID-19 testing and screening at the airport."

To read this article, click here.



New Ransomware Warning for Critical Infrastructure Providers [Global]

Published by InfoSecurity Magazine 10 February 2022

"The UK, US and Australian authorities have issued a new warning for critical infrastructure (CNI) providers after a surge in ransomware attacks over the past year.

"The Joint Cybersecurity Advisory comes from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the FBI, NSA and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)."

To read this article, click here.



Swissport Ransomware Attack Delayed Flights

Published by InfoSecurity Magazine 7 February 2022

"Airport services giant Swissport is restoring its IT systems after a ransomware attack struck late last week, delaying flights.

"The Zurich-headquartered firm operates everything from check-in gates and airport security to baggage handling, aircraft fueling and de-icing and lounge hospitality. It claims to have provided ground services to 97 million passengers last year and handled over five million tons of air freight."

To read this article, click here. 



Canada Confirms Cyber-Attack on Foreign Affairs Ministry

Published by The Record 25 January 2022

"The Canadian government confirmed late last night that its foreign affairs ministry, Global Affairs Canada, was the victim of a cyber-attack, and it’s still dealing with its after-effects.

“ 'The cyber incident was detected on January 19, after which mitigation actions were taken,' the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat said on Twitter last night."

To read this article, click here.



What is GDPR, the EU’s New Data Protection Law?

Published by GDPR.EU 

"The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the toughest privacy and security law in the world. Though it was drafted and passed by the European Union (EU), it imposes obligations onto organizations anywhere, so long as they target or collect data related to people in the EU. The regulation was put into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR will levy harsh fines against those who violate its privacy and security standards, with penalties reaching into the tens of millions of euros."

To access this resource, click here.



International Effort Takes Down VPN Service, VPNLab, Used for Criminal Activity

Published by Cyberscoop 18 January 2022

"A virtual private network service used for malware distribution, ransomware operations and other cybercrime activities was taken offline Monday as law enforcement officials from nearly a dozen countries jointly seized its website and customer data."

To read this article, click here.



Germany’s SoSafe Secures €63.6M for its Cyber Security Awareness and Human Risk Management Platform

Published by Silicon Canals 14 January 2022

"Cologne, Germany-based SoSafe, a company that provides a cybersecurity training platform to corporate clients, announced on Thursday that it has raised $73M (approx €63.6M) in its Series B round of funding.

"The round was led by expansion-stage specialists Highland Europe. Existing investors Acton Capital and Global Founders Capital, SAP Hybris founder and Celonis Advisory Board member Carsten Thoma, and La Famiglia,Adjust and Remote Public Labs founder Christian Henschel also participated in this round."

To read this article, click here.



Minimise Risk by Securing Data with Better Controls [Global]

Published by International Airport Review 5 January 2022

"Keeping data and communications secure is crucial to all airports. No matter the size, threats posed by cyber criminals can cause severe turbulence in their day-to-day operations – not to mention damage to their reputation.

"These days, cyber criminals are finding increasingly innovative and sophisticated ways to compromise systems and steal data, hence why airports must take a proactive approach to minimise risk. The truth is, as damaging as data breaches can be to a business, things will only get harder if you maintain a reactive approach to data security."

To read this article, click here.



Japan and US Expected to Boost Cooperation on Ransomware Threats

Published by The Record 27 December 2021

A cadre of officials from Japan, the White House and the Pentagon commuted from an in-person event to a virtual meeting recently. Cybersecurity and putting a halt to ransomware attacks were among the expected topics to be discussed, along with concerns about the China troop offensive.

To read this article, click here.



AGS Airports and Google Cloud Partner to Transform Aviation Security [UK]

Published by International Airport Review 17 December 2021

Several UK airports will participate, through their security operations, in the testing of an innovative partnership to include Google Cloud's artificial intelligence platform.  

The screening of baggage will be the inaugural focal point on the list of many advantages that Project DARTMOUTH seeks to provide to UK airports.

To read this article, click here.



60% of UK Workers Have Been Victim of a Cyber-Attack, Yet Awareness Remains Low

Published by Infosecurity Magazine 16 December 2021

"There is a “dangerous” lack of awareness among UK workers towards cybersecurity, leaving businesses at risk of attacks, according to a new study by Armis. This is despite 60% of workers admitting they have fallen victim to a cyber-attack.

"The nationwide survey of 2000 UK employees found that only around a quarter (27%) are aware of the associated cyber risks, while one in 10 (11%) don’t worry about them at all."

To read this article, click here.



European Money Mule Action Leads to 1803 Arrests

Published by Europol 2 December 2021

Engaging in any activity associated with laundering money is a crime. Criminal organizations routinely utilize money mules - people who are recruited to set up bank accounts in other countries or send money into another country. 

Recently, more than 18,000 money mules were identified and over 1800 people were arrested as the result of an international operation called the European Money Mule Action (EMMA).

To read this article, click here.



World Health Assembly Agrees to Launch Process to Develop Historic Global Accord on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Published by World Health Organization 1 December 2021

"In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the World Health Assembly today agreed to kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response."

To read this article, click here.



EBAA Urges Governments to Avoid Travel Bans

Published by Aviation International News 30 November 2021

"The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is urging governments to use an individual risk-based approach to managing the pandemic rather than implementing country-to-country travel bans. The call came in response to events surrounding the discovery of the Omicron COVID variant that have already included some travel bans."

To read this article, click here.



Unruly Passenger Offloaded From Guwahati-Delhi Plane on Friday: SpiceJet

Published by The Economic Times 28 November 2021

Fellow passengers on a recent flight in India voiced their concern over a man's disorderly behavior in the cabin. 

When it was clear the situation was beyond mitigation, the man was ejected from the aircraft by security individuals at the airport, with an assist from the jet company's employees.

To read this article, click here.



Dubai Air Show Reinforces Pandemic Recovery Themes Among Airlines

Published by Flight Global 19 November 2021

Cautiousness, retrofitting and sustainability were the primary focuses for commercial carriers when discussing purchasing deals at a recent aviation conference in Dubai. While the deals were few, the event experienced high attendance, showing little impact from the ongoing pandemic

To read this article, click here.



Vietnam Launches Air Security Force to Handle Potential Terrorist Acts, Threats Against Aviation Safety

Published by Tuoi Tre News 15 November 2021

"Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has established an air security force in charge of combating terrorism and ensuring security on flights operated by local airlines, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

"A ceremony was held in Hanoi on Monday morning to launch the air security unit, which is under the management of the Vietnam Immigration Department."

To read this article, click here.



Security on Mind, Airport Authority of India Likely to Purchase Two Counter-Drone Systems [India]

Published by Swarajya Magazine 13 November 2021

"The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is likely to procure two counter-drone systems worth Rs 9.9 crore in 2022-23, according to an official document.

"'The counter-drone system should provide a multi-sensor based complete and comprehensive solution with regards to drone detection, tracking, identification and neutralisation,' said the document issued by airport systems directorate of the AAI."

To read this article, click here.


Global Airport Airside Operations 2021: Cyber, Physical and Anti-UAM Solutions to Enhance Airside Security

Published by Yahoo Finance 12 November 2021

"Dublin, Nov. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Global Airport Airside Operations Growth Opportunities" report has been added to's offering.

"Aircraft movements in 2019 totaled over 100 million globally. However, this figure dropped by more than 40% in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis severely impacted the fiscal health of the overall aviation sector, with nearly all stakeholders such as airlines, airports, air traffic, and ground handlers facing significant monetary losses in 2020."

To read this article, click here.



US Reopens to International Travel, Allows Happy Reunions

Published by U.S. News and World Report 8 November 2021

Millions of travelers have been affected by the U.S. pandemic mandates of the past twenty-plus months. As the restrictions were lifted, there have been an unprecedented number of U.S. arrivals.

Air and ground travelers alike reveled with friends, spouses, family members and shopkeepers in what has been a very long wait for so many. 

To read this article, click here.



Airport Bolsters Security Over Fears of Aircraft Theft [Australia]

Published by Australian Aviation 4 November 2021

Ram raids and car thefts by youth in West Australia's far north have caused concern for one airport that light planes could be the next target. As a result, security has been increased at East Kimberly Regional Airport.

To read this article, click here.



New Security System at Shannon Airport Set to Halve Screening Time for Passengers [Ireland]

Published by Limerick Leader 18 October 2021

Allowing some passenger items to remain packed inside carry-on bags, rather than removing them for security inspection will minimize the time in queue. 

Passengers coming to the airport in Shannon, Ireland, will be able to do just that, thanks to new screening technology.  

To read this article, click here.



Armed Robbery Investigated in the Cargo Terminal of the Tocumen Airport

Published by Pana Times 6 October 2021

"In the early hours of this Wednesday, October 6, at approximately 2:00 am, a criminal act was registered in the cargo terminal of the Tocumen

International Airport, apparently some people posed as airport workers to steal cash. As indicated by the Public Ministry, the primary care section of the Metropolitan Prosecutor's Office initiated an investigation for the crime of robbery." 

To read this article, click here.



AirAsia Calls Final Boarding for Unvaccinated Travelers

Published by Simple Flying 7 October 2021

Passengers traveling on AirAsia flights will find a much different experience, going forward. Among the changes the air carrier has made, passengers are now required to use an app to check in for their flight and they must be fully vaccinated if they are 18 or older.

To read this article, click here.



British Airways Adds Former Red List Destinations to its Network Following Government Announcement

Published by British Airways 7 October 2021

"Following the welcome news that a significant number of countries have been removed from the UK Government’s red list, British Airways is resuming services and increasing frequencies to a number of destinations.

"British Airways is set to ramp up services to popular winter sun destination South Africa, with double daily services to Johannesburg expected by mid-December. The airline will also restart services to Cape Town, offering three flights a week in November, before moving to a double daily service in December."

To read this announcement, click here.



ACA: It Takes a Village to Combat Illegal Charter [EU]

Published by AIN Online 20 September 2021

"The system of ridesharing allows passengers to contribute towards the pilot’s direct operating costs—such as fuel and landing fees—on a pre-determined trip advertised by the pilot. The flight cannot be made for commercial gain or for valuable consideration." At a recent event at the London Biggin Hill Airport, a presentation outlined the concerns of some leaders relating to ridesharing and chartered flights."

To read this article, click here.



IATA Backs European Digital Covid Certificate as Global Standard

Published by Aviation Business News 27 August 2021

"IATA has commended the European Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make it their global standard for digital vaccine certificates."

To read this article, click here.



Confusion at Kabul Airport, Insufficient Information From Ottawa Impeding Canada’s Rescue Efforts, Evacuees Say

Published by The Globe and Mail 23 August 2021

American and Afghan citizens are not the only individuals having difficulty at the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Many citizens of Canada who are applying pressure to be permitted inside the airport gates, are unhappy about their county’s inability to get them evacuated from Kabul.  


Additionally, information contradictions are not making the situation any more tolerable to those desperately trying to depart Afghanistan.


To read this article, click here.



Red Alert Sounded at Bhubaneswar Airport After Al-Qaeda Threat to Delhi's IGI

Published by India Today 10 August 2021

There is a potential for great inconvenience for some airline passengers at Biju Patnaik International Airport. A stark warning was issued by the director amid a terrorist threat notification that was received by way of an email by India's government. That airport will be under stringent restrictions for ten days, August 10 - 20, while all other airports in India also received the notice.  

To read this article, click here.



Fake Grenade Caused Airport Threat Delaying United Airlines at Frankfurt [Germany]

Distributed by Aviation Nepal 6 August 2021

Whether it is a toy, or an objet d'art, if the item looks like an explosive device, it is best to leave it behind or risk a flight delay, hefty fine and more. 

To read this article, click here

Operation STOP: Securing Borders From Transnational Crime [Global]

Published by Interpol 3 August 2021

New training and data programs provided by Interpol to officers in various security capacities in Accra, Ghana, helped them stop an individual from creating further harm. One advantage of the program is it allows officers to perform rapid border checks, broadening international criminal detection.  

To learn more, click here.



Brazil Seizes Turkish Charter Jet in Cocaine Bust

Published by AINonline 5 August 2021 

Flight crewmembers may find themselves under investigation if illegal items are found in their private passengers' luggage. Law enforcement in Brazil are interrogating four crewmembers after their passenger's luggage was found to contain 1,304 kilos of cocaine.

To read this article, click here.



Canada to Relax COVID-Related Travel Restrictions

Published by Business Jet Traveler July 2021

Canada is rolling out a phased process for allowing non-Canadians to enter the country. At least 14 days must pass before fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country and the vaccine they get must be one that is approved by the Canadian government.

To read this article, click here.


Organized Crime Warning Issued to Port and Airport Workers [UK]

Published by Homeland Security Today 31 July 2021

COVID-19 has been especially difficult for workers at airports, many of whom have been placed on long-term furloughs. Financial challenges for these workers puts them at risk to be exploited by organized crime groups, according to the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency.

To read this article, click here.


Stolen Equipment, Drones Pose Challenges for Firefighters [Canada]

Published by Yahoo! News 21 July 2021

Aircraft are an essential tool in fighting fires. They have the capability to carry thousands of gallons of water and retardant, and drop their loads in areas unreachable by firefighters on the ground. In Canada, however, drones and boaters are presenting a challenge for these aircraft.

To watch this video, click here.


38 Arrested as National Law Enforcement Drive Targets Child Traffickers [UK]

Published by National Crime Agency 17 July 2021

As law enforcement agencies initiate more crackdowns to identify and apprehend people engaging in human trafficking activity, more victims are rescued. Just recently, 27 adults and 72 children were identified as potential trafficking victims in a law enforcement operation conducted in the United Kingdom.

To read this article, click here.


U.K.’s Largest Airport Group Brings Cybersecurity In-House

Published by Homeland Security Today 16 July 2021

As the number of cyber crimes continues to grow, aviation groups may need to make changes in how they manage their security. Just recently, the security operations of the Manchester Airport Group have been switched to an in-house operation from an outsourced model.

To read this article, click here.


The Importance of Rescue Missions Against Human Trafficking [Global]

Published by The Organization for World Peace 11 July 2021

Once a person or child is in the control of human traffickers, it is almost impossible for them to escape. These victims are held against their will for months and years, and many are never seen again. Organizations that help these victims play a vital role in bringing this practice to an eventual end.

To read this article, click here.


Boosting Regional Capacity to Detect Fake Travel Documents [Brazil]

Published by Interpol 23 June 2021

Interpol and its partner, Regula, recently provided training on travel document counterfeiting to Brazilian forensic document examiners, immigration representatives, document experts and border control officers. The training is an effort to prevent terrorists and criminals from using fake documents to travel internationally.

To read this article, click here.



Air France 787 in Bomb Scare at Paris Charles De Gaulle

Published by Simple Flying 4 June 2021

Questions still abound over how and why a bomb threat was transmitted directly to a commercial pilot over the radio. Authorities diverted the aircraft to a secluded security area at Charles de Gaulle airport in response to the threat.

To read this article, click here.



U.K.’s New Permit-Based Border System Aims to Identify Threats Before They Reach the Country

Published by Homeland Security Today 24 May 2021 

The United Kingdom (U.K.) is tightening its borders in an effort to combat human trafficking and smuggling as well as illegal entry. Now, an electronic permit will need to be obtained by anyone wishing to travel to the U.K.

To read this article, click here.



Air India: Supplier Breach Hit 4.5 Million Passengers

Published by Infosecurity Magazine 24 May 2021 

When a security breach occurs, it affects not only the company, but customers. At least five commercial airlines and 4.5 million passengers were victims of a data breach involving a supplier.

To read this article, click here.



Deputy Assistant Commissioner Warns About the Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism [UK]

Published by Counter Terrorism Policing 11 May 2021

One common tactic of terrorist or extremist organizations is to feed into the fears that people may be experiencing, and they are actively using COVID-19 to recruit new members. "...Counter Terrorism Policing and the UK Intelligence Services have foiled four potential terror attacks during the pandemic..."

To read this article, click here.



Flights Delayed at Adelaide Airport After System Failure Causes Security Breach and Evacuation [Australia]

Published by ABC News 26 April 2021

To ensure the security and safety of passengers and staff, airports may require the complete evacuation of aircraft and terminals in the event of a security breach. This is exactly what happened in Adelaide, Australia, at the Adelaide Airport.

To read this article, click here.



Security Beefed Up at Airports Over Report of Planned Attack [Nigeria]

Published by Nigerian Tribune 12 April 2021

Even in the middle of a pandemic, airports and aviation continue to be targets for those who are planning acts of violence. Several Nigerian airports have been named in attack threats issued by "criminal elements" according to an alert issued by the country's Ministry of Aviation.

To read this article, click here.



VIDEO: Six Arrested in Indian Airport for Smuggling 5.5kg Gold in Their Wigs

Published by Gulf Today 23 March 2021

Air travelers should inform authorities when they are carrying gold, and pay any required fees. When they try to circumvent security by hiding this precious metal, they can find themselves facing criminal charges of gold smuggling.

To read this article, click here.



Man Jailed After Shining Laser at Police Helicopter [UK]

Published by BBC News 26 February 2021

The U.S. isn't the only country that has a problem with people shining lasers at aircraft. In this particular case, a judge in West Yorkshire, England, reprimanded a convicted laser attack offender after the man claimed in his defense that he thought the helicopter was a UFO.

To read this article, click here.



Convicted Terrorist Arrested at Heathrow Airport on Return to U.K.

Published by Homeland Security Today 6 February 2021

A man convicted on terrorism charges in Turkey is now facing additional terrorism charges in Britain. Seven counts of terrorism have been filed, claiming the man shared publications of public executions and beheadings produced by the Islamic State.

To read this article, click here.



Police Remove Mask Refuser From Lufthansa A330 in Frankfurt

Published by Simple Flying 4 February 2021

It’s not new information, that while traveling, you must wear a mask. In some cases, passengers may have medical reasons that excuses them from wearing a mask. This specific airline, Lufthansa, stated that, “Passengers with valid medical exemptions can travel without a face cover with a Lufthansa certificate signed by their doctor, in addition to a negative COVID-19 test.” A man was removed from a Lufthansa flight after violating the mask policy. 

To read this article, click here.



Aden International Airport Attacked After Arrival of New Government Members [Yemen]

Published by Homeland Security Today 4 January 2021

More than 100 people were injured, and a minimum of 26 people died, after an attack at Yemen’s Aden International Airport. The attack coincided with the arrival of new government members on an aircraft, but it is unknown if the attack was directly connected to this event.

To read this article, click here.



Bomb Threat Forces Passenger Plane From Russia to Evacuate at JFK

Published by Fox News 7 December 2020

250 passengers were forced to evacuate an aircraft after landing at JFK airport due, to a bomb threat. No information concerning the threat was available. The flight originated from Moscow, Russia.

To read this article, click here.



PNG's Tokua Airport Re-Opens After Security Breach and Day Closure

Published by Papua New Guinea Today 6 December 2020

In East New Britain Province, several terminal doors at Tokua Airport were breached early Sunday morning after a large fight broke out. The fight started when a group of students at the airport were attacked and robbed by 20 individuals.

To read this article, click here.



Hacker Sells Access to Pakistani Airlines' Network

Published by Info Security Magazine 10 November 2020

Ransomware attacks are growing, and hackers are finding it lucrative to offer access to company networks online. Recently, one airline found its network under threat by a hacker who claims to have obtained sensitive information belonging to network users.

To read this article, click here.



Supervisor Noticed Odd Behaviour [New Zealand]

Published by Otago Daily Times 7 November 2020

Disgruntled employees can pose a huge threat to any organization. A current case in New Zealand is examining whether an employee is responsible for an imitation bomb that was planted at an airport. According to Otago Daily Times, “The Crown case is that Maid planted them [a note and a black bag with fake explosive items within] there during his patrol, specifically to draw attention to problems he perceived over lax security at the airport.”

To read this article, click here 



No Security Screening at Some Regional Australian Airports Under New Federal Government Rule

Published by 4 November 2020

Aviation security in Australian airports are making some changes. Some airports will require more security, and some will require less. See exactly what changes are being made at these airports and how they will impact travelers.

For more information, click here.



Border Patrol Works with Mexican Officials to Identify Laser-Pointing Culprits

Published by Homeland Security Today 3 November 2020

Just imagine. You’re a pilot flying an aircraft, and your eyesight is hindered due to a laser being pointed at you. Not only is everyone on the aircraft at risk, but also the people on the ground. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Yuma Air Branch and Mexican officials are trying to put a stop to “lasing,” as this is causing major problems for aircraft flying along the international border.

To read this article, click here.



Mexican Military Take Down Plane with £14m Worth of Cocaine on Board

Published by the LAD Bible 28 October 2020

Drug trafficking in Mexico isn’t anything out of the ordinary for the Mexican Military. In fact, it happens quite often, and traffickers are utilizing private jets to transport their cargo. A Mexican official states, “...this is a nightly occurrence... Every night we have between two and three, sometimes four, tracks coming our way.” In a recent event, a jet was forced to land after the military detected drugs were on board.

To read this article, click here.



Aviation Security on the Spotlight [Africa]

Published by The Star 19 October 2020

Aviation security in Africa has come under new scrutiny. Questions have begun to emerge as to how a suspected terrorist was able to pass through several African countries before his true identity was revealed by a security system in Senegal. Traveling as a Vietnamese pilot, the man was attempting to hide from authorities and an international warrant of arrest.

To read this article, click here.




Customs Seizes 39,000 Yaba Pills From Saudi Arabia-Bound Garments Consignment in Dhaka

Published by BD News24 16 October 2020

Everyone enjoys a nice, cozy sweater during the fall and winter months. However, these particular sweaters were used to conceal yaba pills. According to the Department of Justice, “Yaba is a combination of methamphetamine (a powerful and addictive stimulant) and caffeine. Yaba, which means crazy medicine in Thai, is produced in Southeast and East Asia.”

To read this article, click here.



Prague Airport Enhances Cyberattack Protection with New Cyber Security Operational Center

Published by Aviation Pros 1 October 2020

Cybersecurity is crucial in protecting the aviation industry. In the Czech Republic, a new cybersecurity center has been opened at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Aviation Pros states, “The new Cyber Security Operational Centre (CSOC) is designed to strengthen the protection of the strategic infrastructure of the largest international airport in the country against cyberattacks and to prevent the misuse of airport information systems.”

To read this article, click here.



European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) #notonmyflight

Published by European Union Aviation Safety Agency

Unruly aircraft passengers create a security and safety risk. In response to an increase of incidents, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a new education campaign called #notonmyflight. EASA states, “These incidents have a direct impact on both the safety of crew and of passengers. Any kind of unruly or disruptive behaviour whether related to intoxication, aggression or other factors introduces an unnecessary risk to the normal operation of a flight.” 

For more information on this campaign, click here.



Passengers Threatened Flight Attendant, Grabbed Bags During Emergency Evacuation [Canada]

Published by Paddle Your Own Kanoo 3 September 2020

When an accident occurs while onboard an aircraft, flight attendants are responsible for the safety of the passengers. Passengers can prevent injury and unnecessary risks by following their instructions. Failure to do so puts not only the passengers, but the crew in danger. 

To read this article, click here.



Saudi Customs Train Dogs to Sniff Out Infected Air Travelers

Published by AviationPros 5 August 2020

Are you a dog lover? Instead of testing for COVID-19 with a swab, what about testing with specially trained dogs that can smell for the virus? Well, you are in luck! If you happen to pass through Saudi Customs, you will be met with a virus sniffing canine. Unfortunately, at this time, there are no trained virus sniffing cats.

To read this article, click here. 



Airforwarders Association: How to Handle the All-Cargo Screening Mandate [Global]

Published by Aircargo News 6 June 2020

The convenience of ordering services and goods online have helped many throughout these past few months. Since the rise in all-cargo flights, there will a new screening process. Aircargo states, “Starting in June 2021, shipments flying on international all-cargo flights will have to be screened with the same scrutiny of cargo transported on passenger planes or received from a US Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-regulated entity that has applied appropriate security controls."

To read this article, click here




FAA-Issued Overseas NOTAMs/SFARs [Global]

Released by Federal Aviation Administration 23 June 2020

Canada to Require Temperature Screening at Airports

Published by Homeland Security Today 15 June 2020

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has some new security changes taking place. Due to the concern of COVID-19, starting at the end of June, HS Today states, “Canada will now require temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada or travelers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations.”

To learn more about these Canadian security changes, click here.



Airports To Introduce New Security Protocol [India]

Published by The Hindu 17 May 2020

Everyone is anxious for the current lockdown requirements to end. In India, new security measures are taking off as airports prepare for upcoming travel. The Hindu article states, “According to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security sources, frisking and pat-down search of passengers will be stopped till further notice. In case of any unresolved alarm triggered by Hand Held Metal Detectors (HHMDs) even after repeated attempts, passengers will be denied entry into aircraft and security personnel will be helped by their supervisors for appropriate action.”

To read this article, click here.



COVID-19 Testing is Moving Into Airports [UAE, China, Japan]

Published by SF Gate 15 April 2020

In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some international airports are starting to implement on-site testing. Emirates airline (located at Dubai International Airport), is one of the first airlines to conduct pre-departure testing. This article gives a glimpse into their world and how they are trying to combat the spread of this deadly disease. SF Gate states, “The airline, working with the Dubai Health Authority, takes passenger blood samples at the airport before departure and said it can obtain test results within 10 minutes. The first test of the system was conducted this week on passengers traveling on an Emirates flight to Tunisia.”

To read this article, click here.



FAA-Issued Overseas NOTAMs/SFARs

Released by Federal Aviation Administration 20 February 2020


To download this Advisory, click here.



Nine Killed at Two Shisha Bars in Germany in Suspected Far-Right Attack

Published by CNN 20 February 2020

An investigation is underway after a man opened fire at two Turkish bars in the city of Hanau, Germany. The gunman is suspected to have a far-right background and Turkey has called the shooting, which resulted in the death of 11 people, including the gunman and his mother, an act of racism while Germany is treating it as a terrorism attack.

To read this article, click here.



Thai Soldier Dead After Killing at Least 29 in Shooting Rampage

Published by NBC News 9 February 2020

A dispute over money instigated a Thai soldier to open fire on others, wounding 27 and killing 29, according to the country’s prime minister. The shooting originated on a military base and then expanded to other parts of Nakhon Ratchasima where the gunman engaged in a 10-hour standoff with police at a nearby mall.

To read this article, click here.



Only Three of The Top 100 International Airports Pass Basic Security Checks [Global]

Published by ZDNet 3 February 2020

International airports everywhere may want to look more closely at the cybersecurity measures used by Dublin International Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Helsinki Vantaa Airport. A new report shows they were the only three to pass basic security checks. The report was compiled by ImmuniWeb, a cybersecurity firm, and contains the results of scans that tested each airport’s mobile application security; dark web exposure, code repositories and cloud; and main website security.

To read this article, click here.