All passengers leaving UK airports on flights to the United States may now be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up before boarding an aircraft. In new advice to travellers, the department of transport warned those unable to power up devices could face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.
London Heathrow airport has issued updated security advice, warning travellers headed for the US any electronic devices must be charged. Passengers may be asked to turn on a device during security checks, with those which fail to do so being confiscated.
A light aircraft has made an emergency landing on a highway in the New York borough of The Bronx, according to reports. The three passengers are thought to have escaped any serious injury.
Flight Attendants have held a press conference (Thursday, May 16) at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to continue to engage the traveling public in efforts to keep the aircraft cabin free of knives that have been used as weapons. According to a recent Washington Post article “now the chatter is that the TSA may decide to put the new rules into effect over the Memorial Day weekend.” TSA officers have expressed concern not only with the dangers of allowing knives in the security checkpoints and beyond, but also noted that these new procedures would slow security lines.
Knowledge surrounding taking liquids onto aircrafts may still be lacking amongst many Britons, as new research has found that many still have to discard toiletries or other liquid-based items before going through security ahead of boarding a flight.
Passengers passing through Logan Airport in Boston are set to face a new layer of security, with the Transport Security Administration introducing new ‘chat downs’. Essentially a brief conversation with a specially trained agent, the measure has been adopted from Israeli security forces as a way of rooting out potentially dangerous passengers before they board aircraft.
Transport secretary Philip Hammond has launched a review of aviation safety in the UK, acknowledging the present regime places “significant financial burdens” on the aviation industry as well as causing “inconvenience to passengers”. The review will seek to outline how the government can improve security standards in a “passenger-friendly” way.
Confusion reigned in European aviation earlier, when the European Commission advised states to defer the lifting of a ban on carrying liquids onto planes. Originally planned to be partially lifted on Friday, plans had to be abandoned at the last minute due to a lack of coordination.
An engine door panel fell off a Flybe passenger plane and damaged a wing as it was taking off from Southampton Airport, a new accident report has revealed. The door had not been closed properly but the Dash 8 aircraft returned safely to base and none of the 40 passengers was injured.
Qantas has begun legal action against Rolls-Royce following the explosion of an engine on one of its Airbus A380s. The Australian flag carrier said the legal action would provide a back-up in case a settlement could not be reached.
Qantas has suffered its third emergency scare in a fortnight after one of its 747s was forced to return to base mid-flight after the cockpit filled with smoke.