• TSA is on the right track but must do better on cargo security, says GAO

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has assessed progress made by the Transportation Security Administarion (TSA) in assessing and mitigating air cargo security risks. GAO investigators found that TSA inspectors consistently followed procedures, and airlines were in full compliance with

  • Melbourne tests Smiths equipment

    Checkpoint computed tomography (CT) scanning equipment and automated lane technology from Smiths Detection is being trialled in Australia, starting with Melbourne Airport. Solutions being supplied for the trial are the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system (which meets the ECAC EDSCB C3

  • Interview: Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, VChain

    UK-based software company VChain has developed a blockchain-powered system for passenger identity verification. Its Identity Management Platform functions as a high-fidelity passenger record tool for airlines and airports, according to chief executive officer (CEO) Irra Ariella Khi. “If you

  • Sensors trigger real-time bio-attack alerts

    Air Techniques International (ATI) is offering US airport authorities sensors to detect spores, bacteria, viruses, and toxins such as anthrax. Discussions are under way, although no contracts had been confirmed at the time of writing. ATI has already supplied sensors for the Pentagon, the Statue of

  • US urges adoption of global PNR standard in 2019

    A senior US counter-terrorism official has called for Passenger Name Record (PNR) systems to be standardised on a global basis by the end of 2019. Nathan Sales, ambassador-at-large in the US Department of State, wants the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to amend Annex 9 and/or


  • Landside threat concentrates minds

    Multiple solutions are available or in development, such as blast mitigation panels, active shooter detection systems, and covert microwave radar detection. Barry Cross and Ben Vogel report
  • Terrorism as an aviation sector disruptor

    Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) assesses terrorism as a disruptor in the aviation sector, and examines how forward-looking geopolitical risk analysis helps to mitigate risks and inform strategic decision-making for companies in the aviation sector. Otso Iho reports
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  • Music City hits a high note

    Construction is set to start of a new International Arrivals Terminal (IAT) and an expanded terminal lobby at Nashville International Airport, the largest components of a six-year long project called BNA Vision with a budget in excess of USD1 billion. The lobby expansion and IAT will encompass
  • German remote control starts at Saarbrücken

    German air navigation service provider (ANSP) DFS passed a significant milestone in its remote tower programme on 4 December, when controllers in Leipzig began monitoring traffic 450 km away at Saarbrücken Airport. The first remotely controlled arrival involved a Luxair Bombardier DHC 8-400
  • Cobus pursues green bus sales in North America

    Cobus hopes to spark sales of battery-powered airport passenger buses in North America through development of a second vehicle model. Cobus Industries (the US subsidiary of the German manufacturer) continues to see brisk sales of its conventional apron buses in the US, and it has sold its E.COBUS