May 202010
This Week's Security Roundup

The new whole body imaging type airport scanners are being rushed into service, everywhere in the world. But as I have reported repeatedly before, serious doubts exist as to whether they really work nearly as well as they have been promised to work.  Until now, at least one could say ‘well maybe they help, but at least they don’t hurt’ […]

May 142010

While dinosaurs shrink, other airlines survive and thrive.  Possibly the best example of this is Southwest.  This week they announced the addition of two more cities to their network – Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston, with flights to begin next year.  I was interviewed on this by the local Greenville newspaper, and I’m glad I had a chance to speak […]

May 142010

More numbers are coming out from the airlines about their April operating results.  As is often the case, we see starkly opposite trends from very different carriers. United Airlines reported a drop of 2.7% in its domestic passenger numbers (and another drop of 2.2% in its international traffic).  But, in the same month, JetBlue reported […]

May 142010

There has been some interesting speculation about the possibility of cell phone interference causing the Soviet made elderly Tupolev Tu-154 that was carrying the Polish president and other dignitaries to crash (killing all on board) when it was attempting to land in bad weather in the Russian city of Smolensk a couple of weeks back. […]

May 132010

This Week's Security Horror Story :  Should we subcontract the nation's security management to Visa? Much has been made of Emirates allowing the Times Square bombing suspect onto one of their flights as if it were their fault.  But Emirates were following normal procedures to the letter – no airline had been required to update […]