(Created on 12/03/2016)




Airport security



The guide to sleeping in airports
Airport cartoons



'Distracted' pilots miss airport

"The US National Transportation Safety Board has said
it is investigating a flight that overshot its destination by 240km
when pilots reportedly got
into a "heated discussion" on airline policy."




Sleeping on the job - Cartoons



  • London City airport cancels all flights after WWII bomb found - 12 February 2018
    "Discovery of 500kg second world war device forces all-day closure as properties are evacuated."


  • Everything you need to know about the world's greatest airport - 17 September 2017
    "Singapore Changi, the airport serving the Singapore F1 today, was named best in show at the World Airport Awards earlier this year,
    picking up the top gong for the fifth consecutive year."

    + The world's 10 best airports
    + What makes Changi so special?
    + Is it the busiest airport in the world?
    + The busiest airports in the world
    + The busiest for international passengers
    + How can I fly there?
    + What is its busiest route?
    + Changi in numbers



    • Flight ban on laptops 'sparked by IS threat' - 22 March 2017
      "An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, says US media."

      + UK flight ban on devices announced

    • US and UK flight ban on electronic devices explained - VIDEO - 21 March 2017
      "The United States and United Kingdom have announced that laptops, e-readers and almost any other electronic device that is not a phone
      will be banned from cabin luggage on some flights.
      The US rule applies to 10 airports, the UK to six - including Turkey and middle-eastern countries.
      Daniel Sandford explains why phones are allowed when bigger devices aren't - and what might have led to the ban."


    • US, Britain Ban Laptops on Flights from Some Nations - Text + Audio - 21 March 2017
      "The U.S. has banned larger electronics on direct flights from eight nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The new rules bar personal
      electronic devices larger than a mobile phone. Britain also announced limits on carry-on electronic devices on direct flights from six countries."


    • Cartoon by Matt



  • 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports
    "Over the years, airports have evolved from bare-bones transportation hubs for select travelers to bustling retail centers for millions.
    They’re being designed to both complement and influence human behavior.
    Everything from the architecture and lighting to the trinkets on sale in the gift shops is strategic.
    Here are a few tricks airports use to help travelers relax, get to their gates safely and on time, and hopefully spend some money along the way."


  • Los Angeles airport to build special terminal just for celebrities - 19 November 2015
    "Special suite at LAX will let stars and the world’s wealthy glide directly from their limo to their first-class seat without having to interact with the public."

  • Jets at New York airport directed by child
    "A US air traffic controller and his supervisor have been placed on administrative leave and are under investigation after a small boy was apparently allowed to direct passenger airplanes at New York's JFK airport."

    Watch the video.

    New York airport jets 'directed by child' - 3 March 2010
    "US officials are investigating how a child was apparently allowed to direct planes at New York's JFK airport - one of the country's busiest."
    Article + Audio


  • Criminal check loophole - 8 May 2008
    "Last night a Newsnight investigation revealed that foreign workers who work airside at UK airports do not have to undergo full mandatory
    criminal records checks."




    • Heathrow's T5 open to passengers - 27 March 2008
      "Heathrow's new Terminal 5 has opened to the public as British Airways begins operating from the building."
      + Environmental protests



    • Queen set for Terminal 5 opening - 14 March 2008
      "Heathrow Airport's controversial Terminal 5 is set to be opened by the Queen in a ceremony involving hundreds of airport and construction workers."
      - with PICTURES


    • Man arrested over Heathrow alert - 13 March 2008
      "A major security alert has taken place at Heathrow airport as a man with a rucksack scaled the perimeter fence and ran into the path of an aircraft."
      + a video




  • How to improve airport security - 24 January 2017
    "After decades of small improvements, innovative new technology is poised to make painful security checkpoints more efficient and effective."


  • Russian plane crash: How has airport security changed? - 6 November 2015
    "A bomb is being cited as the most likely cause of a plane crash which killed 224 people.
    But has anything changed in recent years to make passengers safer?"



  • Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact - 24 July 2015
    "A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.
    A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions."

    + 'Bomb bag' designed to resist terrorist bombs - VIDEO

  • Top Inspector 'Concerned' about US Air Safety - Text + Audio - 11 June 2015
    "Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth told members of Congress he is “deeply concerned” about failures in security.
    His comments follow reports that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration failed to identify 73 workers
    with links to terrorism and, separately, other simulated threats."


  • Mice trained for airport security - 3 February 2011
    "Mice are being trained to detect would-be bombers and drug couriers at airports...
    The device was tested last year on 1,000 shoppers in a Tel Aviv shopping mall when the mice successfully picked out 22 people carrying mock explosives. "


  • Europe delays airport X-ray eye - 23 October 2008 -
    "EU lawmakers have delayed the introduction at airports of full body scanners, machines that generate images of passengers - minus their clothes...
    The new scanners have already been introduced in several US airports and have been tested around the world."

    (BBC News)


  • Baggage advice for UK passengers - 12 August 2006
    "Strict security measures have been brought in for air passengers flying from the UK after a suspected plot to blow up planes was prevented...
    Passengers may take through the airport security search area, in a single, transparent plastic carrier bag, only the following items.
    Nothing may be carried in pockets..."
    - with a VIDEO


  • Air Travel : Permitted and Prohibited Items

    - What Can I Bring?
    - Body Piercings
    - Makeup, Medication, Personal Items & Special Needs Devices
    - Electronic Devices
    - Sharp Objects
    - Sporting Goods
    - Guns & Firearms
    - Tools
    - Martial Arts & Self Defense Items
    - Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items
    - Food & Drinks
    - Other Items