Latest Aviation safety and security News

Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

Aug. 13, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. "This is too big a deal. It's not going to go away," said...

Security breach at Frankfurt Airport prompts evacuation

Aug. 7, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police evacuated part of a terminal at Germany's busiest airport Tuesday after a security official mistakenly allowed a French family that hadn't completed required security checks into a secure area. Federal police stopped flights from boarding and kept passengers out of area A of Frankfurt...

TSA considering ending screening at small airports

Aug. 1, 2018 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The TSA is considering ending screening of passengers at smaller airports across the country to focus security efforts at the largest airports. It is unclear how advanced the proposal is and whether it will ever be adopted. Still, aviation-security experts reacted with alarm, saying that...

Aeromexico crash: Stronger planes can mean fewer fatalities

Aug. 1, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

Passengers in plane crashes like the Aeromexico accident — in which no one died — have better chances of survival due to better aircraft construction and safety standards, experts say. People are now less likely to be trapped by collapsed seats and floors, especially if the plane comes to rest more...

3 Canadians killed when plane loses power, crashes in Maine

Jul. 31, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Canadian pilot reported losing power before his twin-engine airplane crashed in Maine, killing him, his wife and his daughter, officials said Tuesday. The Piper Aerostar carrying Joseph and Anita Robertson, both 58, and their daughter, Laura Robertson, 24, crashed about an hour...

Airport uses massive maple syrup jugs to pitch food website

Jul. 28, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BURLINTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont airport is displaying 7-foot-tall (2.1-meter-tall) maple syrup jugs to remind travelers they can buy the state staple online instead of losing it at security when their liquids get confiscated. The Free Press reports Burlington International Airport celebrated the...

Parts of Munich airport shut down due to security breach

Jul. 28, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities temporarily shut down parts of Munich airport on Saturday because a woman entered a security zone without going through security and passport controls. Munich federal police said in a tweet they shut down parts of terminal two looking for the unidentified woman. They did...

3-D technology to be tested for carry-on bags at JFK Airport

Jul. 19, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York will soon experience a test of more advanced, three-dimensional imaging to screen carry-on bags. The Transportation Security Administration and American Airlines said Thursday that a test of computed-tomography scanners will start later this...

Lawsuit: party hindered security in Florida airport shooting

Jul. 13, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new lawsuit claims a detective's retirement party got in the way of security before a 2017 shooting that killed six people at a Florida airport. The lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Ann Andres of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her husband Terry Andres was shot at Fort...

Appeals court decision makes it hard to sue TSA screeners

Jul. 12, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court says airport security screeners can't be sued over alleged mistreatment because they aren't law-enforcement officers. Judges on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concede that their decision leaves people who are mistreated by screeners with limited legal...