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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Fleeing from the airport

TSA officer checking a carry-on bag for a firearmOfficers of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screen a passenger’s carry-on bag on December 28, 2020. When they discover a firearm loaded with 7 bullets, they call for the man to step aside. But instead he flees New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, runs out of the terminal and jumps into a taxi.

Identification

The officers can easily identify him. He leaves not only his shoes behind, but also his carry-on bag, a vest, some cash, his New York State learner’s...
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False corona test certificates

Taking a corona test while sitting in the carA number of countries require airline passengers to present evidence of a negative corona test result. There are people who, for whatever reason, are unable to get such an attest. According to the British newspaper Lancashire Telegraph it’s possible for unscrupulous individuals to obtain a false test result. The newspaper has seen evidence of passengers using another person’s negative corona test result and doctoring the name and date to match their own.

Negative corona test result

Pakistan requires all international arrivals to present...
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COVID-19 and borders

United AirlinesPassengers wearing facemasks is testing a digital health pass under a global pilot program. This serves to establish a common international standard for coronavirus test results. Eventually, it should lead to vaccine records that could help reopen borders. The nonprofit initiative is called CommonPass and is backed by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project. The initiators hope to persuade governments to ease the restrictions and quarantines. For they have slammed air travel...

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More efficient European air traffic management

Air traffic controlA modernized air traffic management in European airspace and establishing more sustainable and efficient flight paths. That’s what the European Commission is proposing. And it adds that not adapting air traffic control capacities would result in additional costs, delays and more CO2 emissions. In 2019, delays cost the EU €6 billion ($5.1 billion), and led to 11.6 million tons of excess CO2. Obliging pilots to fly in congested airspace rather than taking a direct flight path also entails unnecessary CO2 emissions. And the same is true when...
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Sensational report Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 737 MAX flight simulatorIt is sensational what the chief project engineer for the Boeing 737 MAX tells House investigators. When he approves a design change to software on the plane, he is not only unaware of key details about how the software works. But he is also unaware of a previous warning from a test pilot that if the system malfunctions, the results could be catastrophic.

Boeing 737 MAX crashes

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Will the Boeing 737 MAX return?

The test flights of the Boeing 737 MAX by the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are now completed. They took place in Vancouver, Canada due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The next step in the evaluation of the aircraft for return to service is analyzing the data gathered during the test flights. This phase will start in London Gatwick Airport on September 14, 2020 where the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) will meet.

Pilot training

The JOEB includes participation by Brazilian, Canadian, European, and US pilots and regulators and will last...
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