Aviation

White House Website Hides Message to Tempt Coders

White House Website Hides Message to Tempt Coders

Joy Finnegan

The Biden Administration wasted no time updating the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov after the inauguration this week. It’s being reported that a hidden message on the site invites coders to apply for jobs at the U.S. Digital Service, a technology unit within the White House. “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back…

229 Pounds of DMT Seized by CBP in Louisville in Six Days

Joy Finnegan

In early January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville intercepted 10 shipments, all arriving from Peru, which contained the dangerous schedule I controlled substance Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). CBP officers detained all of the shipments and inspected them to determine the admissibility of its contents in accordance with CBP regulations. All of the shipments…

Symposit Named Principal CASRA Security Screening Training Technology Integrator for North and Central America

Joy Finnegan

 Symposit and HumanLink have announced a partnership with CASRA (Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications), to deliver a comprehensive security screening software training program for Federal and Commercial operations. Already installed in 50+ countries around the world and over 900 airports, CASRA technology is now available in the United States (U.S.). CASRA and Symposit are currently being implemented in  cargo screening studies,…

SAIC Wins Task Order to Help U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assess Threats From Travelers and Cargo Crossing the Border

Joy Finnegan

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) was awarded a task order worth up to $973 million by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to operate, maintain, and enhance CBP’s cornerstone system for identifying travelers and cargo that present a potential security threat. The award for CBP’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD) Information…

Man Hides in ORD Terminal for Three Months

Joy Finnegan

According to a Chicago Tribune story, a man lived inside the Chicago O’Hare Airport terminal for three months, undetected. “An unauthorized, nonemployee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from Oct. 19, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2021, and was not detected?” said Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz incredulously, after…

Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter Unruly Passenger Policy

Joy Finnegan

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has signed an order directing a stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers in the wake of recent, troubling incidents. The FAA has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from passengers’ refusals to wear…

ASI is Not the Only Aviation Icon Ending in December 2020: British Airways’ Final 747 Flight from Cardiff to Bro Tathan

British Airways’ Final 747 Flight from Cardiff to Bro Tathan

Philip Baum

On 11 December 2020, the very last British Airways flight of its iconic 747 (‘Queen of the Skies’) made its final journey to its new home, and resting place, at eCube Solutions in the Vale of Glamorgan. Wrapped in the BOAC retro ‘Gold Speedbird’ livery to mark British Airways’ centenary in 2019, the 747, registration…

DroneSentry-C2™ Dashboard deployed and operating at air traffic control tower of Altenrhein Airport

DroneShield Deployment at Switzerland’s Altenrhein Airport

Philip Baum

DroneShield has announced the deployment of its multi-sensor C-UAS DroneSentry™ system at the Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland. The Altenrhein deployment consists of the following DroneShield solutions: Multiple RfOne™ units, able to detect, ID and track single or swarms of UAS in real time, at an 8km range, as well as indicating the location of the…

XTEND Showcases SKYLORD HUNTER Counter-Drone Solution at Asturias Airport

XTEND Showcases SKYLORD HUNTER Counter-Drone Solution at Asturias Airport

Philip Baum

XTEND, a provider of innovative XR human telepresence technology for defence, national security, public safety, and industrial inspection markets, has announced that it participated in a national evaluation event hosted by the Spanish Ministries of Interior and Defence in Asturias Airport. The event featured 16 state-of-the-art counter-drone technology companies to showcase and deploy their products’…

D-Fence Secure Airport Fencing Project in South of China

D-Fence Secure Airport Fencing Project in South of China

Philip Baum

D-Fence, a supplier of Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS), has announced that they are in the process of completing a perimeter security system in the south of China. They have transformed the airport’s simple fencing system into a smart solution with a fully integrated security system. Using D-Fence’s innovative Strain Gauge Sensors they have turned…

2021: The ICAO Year of Security Culture by Sylvain Lefoyer, Deputy Director Aviation Security and Facilitation, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO

2021: The ICAO Year of Security Culture by Sylvain Lefoyer, Deputy Director Aviation Security and Facilitation, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO

Sylvain Lefoyer

This year will be the ICAO Year of Security Culture. Launched by the ICAO Secretary General during the fourth annual ICAO Global Aviation Security Symposium 2020 (AVSEC2020) on 18 December 2020, the Year of Security Culture provides an opportunity for promoting security in all aspects of aviation operations, encouraging all in our industry to think…

Today’s Turbulence and Securing Tomorrow’s Skies

Today’s Turbulence and Securing Tomorrow’s Skies

Jim Marriott

Much has been said, and will be said, about the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air transport. The severe and prolonged downturn in traffic is creating what would have been once unimaginable pressures. At the same time, the risk of unlawful interference with civil aviation is evolving amid new uncertainties about terrorist capabilities,…