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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Pilot errors

Air FrancJan-Pierre Otelli's booke flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. The causes of the plane crash are a sequence of pilot errors from 1 of the 2 co-pilots in the cockpit. This concludes Jean-Pierre Otelli, a pilot and an expert on aviation safety. He published volume 5 of Pilot Errors in October 2011.

Black boxes

His conclusion is based on data from the black boxes that were recovered 2 years after the crash. However, not...
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Will the FAA regulate seat size?

Loughborough University studied safety issues associated with seating arrangements in planes. The study - published in July 2001 - was undertaken against a background trend of bigger passengers. This trend in combination with a growing number of long flights and high density seating prompted the need for a review of published anthropometric data. Those data involve the measurement of physical properties of the human body. This could guide possible regulation of seat size.

FAA Reauthorization

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that recently passed the US...
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The power of CBP officers

“This officer squeezed my breasts hard and went into my underwear and in my vagina with her finger. She did this with the same glove that she did 3 other women before me!” This is what a 52-year-old woman wrote to a US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) official. The Washington Post published on August 19, 2018 a horrifying story about how CBP officers deal with women arriving in the USA. The country has a fake president who lost the popular vote, but due to the archaic...
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What (not) to do when you are too late for your flight

Jacob Abdellak is booked on a Norwegian flight from London Gatwick to Los Angeles, California, USA on May 11, 2018. However, he is running late and airline staff prevents him from boarding. They tell him he needs to rearrange his flight for another date. He is abusive towards airline staff, which does not help him to get on board. Then he calls police just 8 minutes before scheduled departure to make an anonymous bomb threat to the flight. His aim is to delay departure so that he can still board....
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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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