From 1968 to 1974, US airlines experienced 130 hijackings. But it was Cooper’s hijacking-as-extortion plot that captured the public’s imagination – and inspired a copycat crime wave.
COVID-19 vaccine passports are being presented as a relatively simple technological solution to our current travel woes. But meaningful public debate about their merits and problems is essential.
Like other innovations borne out of challenging times in history, the push for more automation and tele-operation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic must mean more efficient and safer workplaces.
Big lines and long distances to walk have plagued airports since the dawn of the jet age. New designs and technologies haven’t helped much, even if they’re visually impressive.
From terrorism to drug smuggling and theft, the hostile insider is an often overlooked threat to airport security and safety.
Searching a smartphone is different from searching luggage. Our smartphones carry our innermost thoughts, intimate pictures, sensitive workplace documents and private messages.
The UK’s alcohol problems aren’t limited to high streets – so why are airports allowed to flout the rules?
We need to ensure we do not sacrifice our liberty in the pursuit of a goal that is at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive.
The U.S. is considering expanding a ban it imposed in March on several Middle Eastern countries to all flights from Europe. A close look suggests the meager benefits just aren’t worth the high costs.
The ban on electronic devices in cabin luggage overlooks the airports that would be least likely to detect a bomb.
That Australia has not suffered a successful terrorist attack on its aviation industry is testament to the resilience of our security system.
As many as one in 50 people are face blind, meaning they can’t tell one face from another.
The deadly terror attack in Brussels raises the issue of safety and security at airports. But this is more about our approach to risk in any areas where people are known to gather.
Legislative and managerial weaknesses that exist in Australian airports mean we should not be complacent.