Category Archives: Safety and Security

Prospect for aviation remains gloomy

Total passenger demand for air travel in January 2021 is down 72% compared with 2 years ago, January 2019. A comparison with 1 year ago, January 2020, would be distorted due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Domestic demand

Total domestic demand is down over 47% compared to January 2019 levels. International passenger demand in January 2021 is nearly 86% lower than in January 2019. This is a further drop compared with the more than 85% year-on-year decline recorded in December. Thus, 2021 is starting off worse than 2020 ended, says IATA’s Director...
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Travel trends in the corona era

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has conducted a survey among 4,700 travelers in 11 countries. It reveals among other things that there is some public support for travel restrictions.

Main results

* 88% believe that when opening borders, the right balance must be struck between managing COVID-19 risks and getting the economy going again. * 85% believe that governments should set COVID-19 targets (such as testing capacity or vaccine distribution) to re-open borders. * 84% believe that COVID-19 will not disappear. We need to manage its risks while living and traveling normally. * 68%...
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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.


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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