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Closures of Sinai airspace have broader implications, including for Qantas

Closures of Sinai airspace have broader implications, including for Qantas

Germany has now told its airlines to avoid all Sinai airspace and Egypt has closed the area near the scene of the crash of a Russian holiday charter Metrojet flight on Saturday that killed all 224 people on board.

Have Libyan jets been stolen for a 9/11 anniversary attack?

Have Libyan jets been stolen for a 9/11 anniversary attack?

Read with caution A conservative internet news site, the Washington Free Beacon is claiming that Libyan passenger jets have been stolen and may be used for a suicide 9/11 type attack. There are huge problems of credibility and practicability with the US report

Liquids, gels, petty theft and useless if not dangerous security measures at airports

Liquids, gels, petty theft and useless if not dangerous security measures at airports

The announcement of the end of the farcical ban on liquids, aerosols and gels at international airports in Australia by 2013 leaves a number of difficult questions unanswered. Such as, what happens when the new liquid explosives detecting scanners reveal that a person is carrying a litre of nitro-gylcerine or a half kilo of plastic […]

Does dividing passengers according to risk work?

Does dividing passengers according to risk work?

Was new IATA head Tony Tyler serious when he called for passengers to be divided into different categories of security risk and treated accordingly? There are no functional ‘trusted traveller’ programs working in regular air transport. In the US where a series of special private owned security channeling programs were set up the customers were […]

Jetstar v Fools at Sydney T2

Jetstar v Fools at Sydney T2

Jetstar’s decision to sue Sydney Airport if necessary for damages arising from yesterday’s security shambles and its aftermath today means it is challenging the political investment in security theatrics in Australia. It’s a courageous decision.  Since 9/11 the Coalition and Labor have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into whipping up public perceptions that they […]

More security madness this time at MEL

More security madness this time at MEL

The morning’s idiotic evacuation of the Qantas/Jetstar domestic terminal at Melbourne is a clear reminder of how stupid the lucky country is when it comes to airport security. One person went in through the out door at the boundary between baggage collection and the airside of the shared arrivals and departures level, incompetently left unguarded […]

How to improve your security at airports

How to improve your security at airports

There are several terrible realities to keep in mind as reports of the bombing atrocity at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport confront travellers this morning. 1. Nothing is certain to prevent such attacks on public places, including railway stations, buses, pubs, rock concerts and sporting events, and 2. Commonsense situational awareness is of tremendous value in our […]

US air travellers get a wake up touch up

US air travellers get a wake up touch up

It seems that nothing has focused the attention of Americans on the question of appropriate responses to terrorism more than being sexually frisked at an airport. Especially if it involves your children or elderly parents. The anger of Americans at having their genitals manually checked by airport security officials is turning into a social media […]

The official list of recent aviation security incidents in Australia

The official list of recent aviation security incidents in Australia

This is the Office of Transport Security summary of all recent aviation security incidents at Australian airports. As mentioned in the Crikey subscriber email this afternoon, most of these incidents were in fact the detection of security breaches before they occurred, and most of those were trivial, although a few of them were also the […]

‘Must read’ advice on security for all travellers

‘Must read’ advice on security for all travellers

The Stratfor global intelligence unit in the US has published a must read Primer on Situational Awareness for air travellers, indeed daily commuters using any transport mode. It is not just a common sense response to the ludicrous terrorism and security mania that has afflicted travel, but arguably, an essay that if acted upon will […]