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  • TSA stats show 2018 was another year of the gun

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) set a new unwanted record in 2018 for firearm confiscations at US airport checkpoints. A total of 4,239 firearms were detected at 249 checkpoints around the US, marking a 7% increase compared with 2017. US airport firearms discoveries since 2008

  • CAA reveals sharp rise in airspace infringements

    Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), released via its Airspace Safety Initiative on 13 February, noted a 17% increase in total reported airspace infringement incidents in 2018. The 1,358 incidents in 2018 (compared to 1,162 in 2017), included 991 in controlled airspace, defined by

  • Swedish ASAS project trials UAVs for perimeter fence monitoring

    Research continues in Sweden on fully autonomous airport operations, with a new project at Örnsköldsvik Airport that also involves Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Swedish air navigation service provider LFV, industry group Swedish Regional Airports, and FlyPulse. The Airport

  • First SVIP projects reach fruition

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has reported the successful transition of start-up solutions in 2018 under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Tamr developed the first project to graduate from SVIP to the field, with a software

  • US missile-defence systems to protect Indian head of state

    The US State Department has approved the USD190 million sale of counter-missile systems for two specially equipped B-777-300ERs, to be used to transport the Indian Prime Minister or President. Boeing is the prime contractor on the project, which includes two self-protection suites that each

  • Israel lays down the law on UAV hobbyists

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) is set to launch a registration scheme for civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. Any hobbyist buyer of a UAV will be required to register it online on a CAAI database, for an NIS30 (USD8) fee; pass an online test; and mark the UAV with a

  • Biometric exit arrives in Miami

    Passengers on Lufthansa Flight 461 from Miami to Munich can now board with biometric exit technology instead of a boarding pass and passport. Under a partnership between Miami International Airport, Lufthansa, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and SITA, a photograph taken at the boarding gate

  • Rapiscan raises the curtain on ORION

    Rapiscan has launched the first products in its new ORION range of security inspection devices, for faster and more accurate checkpoint screening of bags and small parcels. Three new solutions (the 918CX, 920CX, and 922CX) were announced on 28 January with additional models

  • US focuses on checkpoint fluidity

    The future lies in a blend of enhanced X-ray devices and automatic threat recognition software, says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed several innovative technologies and techniques to accelerate passenger screening at US

  • Budapest, Vilnius, and Warsaw select secunet for ABC

    Airports in Hungary, Lithuania, and Poland have selected Germany-based secunet AG to provide e-gates ahead of the European launch of the Entry/Exit System (EES) by 2021. An undisclosed number of secunet easygate units will be installed at Budapest Liszt Ferenc, Vilnius, and Warsaw Chopin

  • Muscat to install UAV detection and tracking system

    Oman Airports is procuring an AARTOS Drone Detection System from German company Aaronia for installation as an approved solution at Muscat International Airport. Local partner R&N Khilji is supporting Aaronia on the EUR10 million (USD11.4 million) contract, which was awarded after AARTOS was

  • France revises conflict zone guidance

    The French Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) on 24 January issued a revised Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) on conflict zone airspace. The AIC covers Flight Information Regions (FIRs) in Iraq (most routes into Baghdad), Libya (Tripoli), Syria (Damascus), Ukraine (Dnipropetrovsk

  • UK reports rapid rise in near collisions between manned and unmanned aircraft

    Near-collisions between manned aircraft and small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAVs) have risen rapidly over the past decade with the trend set to continue, the UK Air-proximity (Airprox) Board disclosed on 28 January. In its annual Analysis of Airprox in UK Airspace report released for the period

  • TSA must improve reporting on equipment acquisitions, says GAO

    The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took four years to abide by a law requiring the agency to justify equipment procurement, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). Legislation passed in 2014 requires the TSA to justify security technology

  • Kylin Ti obtains EDSCB C3 rating

    The NUCTECH Kylin Ti computed tomography (CT) checkpoint baggage scanner has met the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) EDSCB C3 technical performance standard for automatic detection of explosives in cabin baggage. Kylin Ti was evaluated with the NUC680 tray. Earlier versions of Kylin

  • UAV sightings suspend flights at Newark

    Flights were briefly grounded at Newark Liberty International Airport on 22 January after two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were reported in terminal airspace. A pilot near Teterboro Airport in New Jersey reported to air traffic control that one of the UAVs came within 30 ft (9 m) of his aircraft.

  • Edinburgh upgrades body scanners

    Edinburgh Airport in the UK has installed three R&S QPS201 body scanners. The scanners are operational at the security checkpoint, where they “complete a full scan-and-analyse cycle in just 3.8 seconds in the standard model (2.5 seconds in the enhanced version)”, manufacturer Rohde

  • ObjectTech to provide UK cyber support as Dubai pilot gathers pace

    ObjectTech Group Ltd has been selected as one of 11 companies that are to join the UK government-backed London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA). ObjectTech provides a ‘distributed identity locker’ in a process known as Self-Sovereign Identity (SSID). This enables

  • Big Brother watches bags in Manila

    The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has installed CCTV monitors near the baggage reclaim carousels in all four terminals at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The PHP2.12 million (USD40,420) project was completed on 31 December 2018. Passengers waiting to pick up their bags

  • TSA rescinds EgyptAir cargo ban

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on 16 January lifted a ban on US-bound cargo services by EgyptAir. Amid widespread international concern over security standards at Cairo International Airport, cargo on direct flights from Egypt to the US was prohibited in late 2015, following the

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