Category Archives: Safety and Security

How difficult is it to steal an airplane?

Travelers have the impression that airports are safe areas due to numerous security measures. Airport employees wear ID badges and have cards or security codes giving them access to areas that are closed for the public. But it is hardly possible to prevent each and every unauthorized person to access closed areas at any time. Where people work mistakes are inevitable. Although the number of security breaches should be minimal, they occur on a pretty regular basis. The weakest points of airport security are probably cleaning and maintenance services. The US Transportation Security Administration...
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Passenger screening will remain at smaller airports

Veiligheidscontrole Flight attendant: “The air marshal asked me if we could hang out during the layover. No one will have to find out. It is not like your husband is here.” Numerous media copied the news CNN published on August 1, 2018. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would be considering to eliminate passenger screening at more than 150 small and medium sized airfields across the USA, which is approximately ⅓ of all US airports. However, this seems one of the extremely rare cases in which CNN...
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Panic at the emergency exit

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates air transportation of pets and requires airlines to follow the guidelines. For example, animals must be transported in pet carriers big enough to allow the animal to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably. As there are no such regulations for human beings, their well-being seems less important than that of animals. Flyers Rights, a passenger advocacy group tried to change this in 2015 by filing a petition asking the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to promulgate...
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EU blacklist safeguards your rights

The number of airlines fully banned from European Union skies has plummeted to 120 from 181 in December 2017. This appears from the updated blacklist (officially: EU Air Safety List) of banned airlines that the European Commission publishes every half year. All of them are based in African and Asian countries with 4 exceptions: Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) and Avior Airlines (Venezuela). For 114 carriers the EU ban...
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Chemical weapons onboard aircraft?

The confusion the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) caused in 2017 about personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the cabin gives rise to an awareness campaign that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will launch in July. The ban on larger PEDs like laptops in the cabin that the FAA implemented in 2017 made flying more dangerous. Passengers were instructed to put larger PEDs in their checked luggage. According to the FAA it was a safety measure even though it increased the risk of fires in planes. A...
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