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Questions tagged [security]

Security refers to protecting aircraft, passengers and crew from deliberate attacks or sabotage

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Are airlines responsible for Airport security or Airports concerned or third-parties on terminal-side? [on hold]

In Indian Airports, all sort of terminal-side security is done by CISF . They do all the frisking and baggage screening etc. I am concerned more for the terminal-side security rather than airside ...
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Why shoot down a passenger plane without knowing it will crash? [closed]

Flights threatened by a passenger and flights with lost coms and even flights in technical difficulty without criminal intent and not posing a security threat are sometimes intercepted and escorted by ...
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In what cases does an airplane return to airport? [closed]

I’m just wondering in what kind of emergency cases an airplane would return to the airport? I am a programmer and security enthusiast — what kind of security issue should I have to find that would ...
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Why in certain airports the windows are blocked while others not? [closed]

In certain airports, like the T1 of MMMX the windows are blocked or semi-blocked while in others are not (MMGL) I understand this could be done to avoid debris hit the windows, but then why?
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How is the marine perimeter of a coastal airport secured?

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is bounded on three sides by the sea, which is infested with oligarchs screaming around in powerboats and industrialists on huge yachts, all in close proximity (meanwhile the ...
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Is it possible to drive into Gibraltar Airport's runway?

The runway of Gibraltar Airport crosses an active 4 lane highway Example Video. My question is are there any security measures which prevent normal traffic from entering the airport through the ...
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Why are liquids deemed hazardous in airport security? [closed]

Airports seem to have strict rules for the amount of liquids the passengers are allowed to take on a plane. Why is that so?
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What is the current state of the practice regarding surveillance and surveillance data integrity?

I am experiencing difficulties in finding out exactly how air traffic surveillance works in practice, and more specifically what is done to verify the integrity of surveillance data. ADS-B and other ...
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Why does airport security use numbered baskets for my carry-on stuff to be x-rayed? [closed]

I recently flew from TPE and noticed that there, the baskets for the carry-on stuff that gets scanned are numbered: I can't think of any reason why this would be useful. Can anyone explain?
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Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?

Several times, my flight has been delayed when passengers don't make it to the gate in time and then (after a long wait) the baggage-handlers have to go into the holds and manually find the bags to ...
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What precautions prevent 'insiders' from stealing a large aircraft, as in the Horizon Air Q400 incident?

For those who haven't heard it yet, a ground worker stole a Q400 at SeaTac this week, performing an unauthorized takeoff and going for a joyride before eventually crashing into an island. The plane ...
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How do civilian pilots and ATC verify that other people on the radio are who they claim to be?

I am interested in authentication - how identity is verified - in civilian aviation radio transmissions. I know that when someone is speaking on the radio he tells his call sign. But is there any ...
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Does an airplane need a key to start? [duplicate]

Does an airplane require a key to unlock the doors and start the aircraft engines? Is it somewhat like how a car does?
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How much can a plane deviate from its route to Paris (CDG and ORY) before an alert is raised?

I was reading about the 9/11 hijacks and the Wikipedia information about flight AA 11 mentions that Of the four hijacked aircraft on 9/11, the nine minutes of advance notification about the ...
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Airport Security Pre-1970-s?

I just accidentally discovered a few pictures on the web, that seem to imply, that there were some sort of airport security checks on passengers all the way back in the 1960-s. It was always my ...
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Is it allowed to mount fake missiles on a civilian aircraft?

In this answer to a question asking to identify an aircraft, we can see a picture of a Aero L-39 Albatros with some missiles hanging from the wings: (flickr.com) N915WE. Supposedly, this is a ...
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Do airplanes have a maximum headwind gust component when landing?

An aircraft POH generally gives a maximum demonstrated crosswind component but I have not seen any indication with regards to maximum gust component. I understand that one is supposed to increase the ...
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What happens if a passenger passes through the boarding gate, but doesn't get on the aircraft? [closed]

At one time, I was bored because of a delayed flight and that question arose in my mind just for curiosity. I haven't observed any mechanism that checks or counts the passengers who get on the ...
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What would escorting an airliner which is the subject of a security threat by fighter jets achieve? [duplicate]

Today, a Ryanair flight from Lithuania to London Luton was the subject of a presumed hoax, and had some form of security alert. In the incident, it was diverted to Stansted, while being escorted by ...
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What happens if I cross the ADIZ line without a flight plan and no clearance or contact with ATC?

I'm on a flight to/from the Caribbean on a single engine Cessna and I crossed the ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) line. I haven't filed a flight plan, I don't have clearance from ATC, and I'm ...
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Are matches in checked baggage a safety problem?

A friend of mine checked in on Singapore Airlines a bag which had a box of matches in it. They are regular matches and not the "strike against anything" type. My friend subsequently realised that ...
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Why can't we think of mechanism to save people in case of airplane problem? [closed]

Given it is 21st century, why we can't think of mechanism which will save people in case there is problem with the airplane during flight? e.g. so that cases like MH370 don't happen? Is this really ...
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How secure is an airplane on the ground whilst passengers are boarding the aircraft? [closed]

On my recent flight to Ibiza, as I and the other passengers were boarding, there were many occasions where I could see right into the cockpit as the pilots and cabin crew were communicating back and ...
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Are some airline's flights more noisy than others for security reasons?

LHR has published a table ranking the noise and pollution levels of the different airlines using the airport. At the bottom of the list is Israel's El Al. El Al, in their official statement, say that ...
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Can a few random interaction with cockpit controls result in a crash?

Lets say a monkey / snake interacts with 3 random controls inside the cockpit within less than 3 seconds until the PIC / SIC can take control of the aircraft again. Could such interactions result in a ...
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Can a fighter jet be stolen?

What (if any) sort of pilot authentication systems do fighter jets have? Could anyone with the required skills simply take the aircraft or is a key or authorization code required?
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Why photographing airports is banned if everything is perfectly pictured in Google Maps? [closed]

While staying at Premier Inn, next to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), I was more than surprised to find out warning signs that I'm strictly prohibited from taking photos of the nearby ...
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Someone's shooting at my plane out of the blue! What do I do?

Let us assume that you are in cruise flight in normal, civil-accessible airspace (i.e. not any sort of restricted, prohibited, warning, controlled firing, or other specialized airspace area used for ...
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What security regulations apply to US private airstrips?

What kind of security regulations govern the 15,000 private airstrips in the U.S.? Do they fall under TSA jurisdiction? I'm a freelance writer working on a story and wondering how senior Al Qaeda ...
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Isn't it dangerous to sell alcohol inside of airports? [closed]

Why do they sell alcoholic beverages inside of airports? Since it is flammable, it could be possible that someone buys some bottles (I believe up to 5L per person), and could decide to start a fire ...
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How realistic is the plane scene in Captain America: The First Avenger?

In Captain America: The First Avenger, there's a scene in which Captain America gets into the villain's plane by holding onto the landing gear as it's taking off and waiting for it to be retracted. ...
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Are there any accident reports that mention hacked/compromised avionics as a factor?

Does anyone know of any documented examples of airline accidents caused by hacked or otherwise deliberately compromised avionics?
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Are GA airports typically accessible 24/7?

Is access to GA airports 24/7? I always thought it was. Every airport I've visited had gate-codes to open gates after hours. But I recently started planning a flight to Salina, KS (KSLN), and the ...
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Are municipal airports in the U.S. treated differently than most public places in regards to legal, holstered, loaded firearm carry?

Is a municipal airport treated like a normal public place which requires signage or registration with a no-carry list to ban firearms from being carried on the premises, or... ... is a municipal ...
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Are airliners searched after each flight?

When a commercial airplane lands at an airport, is it always searched for suspicious objects?
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Do pilots have the ability to bypass customs when utilizing jump-seat privileges?

I wonder if anyone can help with a hypothetical question. Its for a novel I am researching All passengers with a ticket for a flight will pass through normal passport controls but I am told that ...
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How can an aircraft owner/operator track unauthorized flights?

Is there a product or some other way to track an aircraft's use, even if the pilot doesn't file an IFR flight plan, to let the owner know if it's used without authorization?
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Is seating distribution planned in airliners or is it left to casuality? [closed]

One thing I have always wondered when taking intercontinental flights is the way passengers are distributed in an aircraft. It seems to me that in some way people of different ethnicities are ...
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What does a drone do when it's out of control range?

According to regulations, what should a mini-drone do once it is out of the control range? Would it continue flying even if it receives no signal? What about full size drones?
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what is the statistical risk of head rotor failure?

What are the chances of rotor failure? What percentage of crashes are related to a malfunction of the rotor head?
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What has been done to provide security for remote wireless updating of in-aircraft software components?

Is it true that in the latest generation of Boeing aircraft some software components / Electronic Flight Bag data can be pushed to the flight remotely via a Wireless link? If so, what sort of ...
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Is ATC connected to the Internet & why?

I've just read an article from SkyNews just here where they said it's expected that one day air traffic control will be the target of cyber attacks. So my question is "Is ATC connected to the ...
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Is a new type of TSA pre-approval required before commencing flight training?

A friend of mine owns a flight school in the states. A Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) has informed his staff that a new TSA regulation will require all new prospective flight students to meet with a ...
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How does a Secondary Surveilliance Radar send data?

When aircraft are detected by radar and their transponders 'ping' back to the radar site, this data is passed over data network cables to the air traffic controllers. Is there typically any ...
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What is “airside inspection”?

Today, I flew on a commercial airline European flight. Upon arrival, as I was walking from the airplane to the arrivals gate (across tarmac, no jetways), a yellow car labelled "Airside inspection" ...
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How are avionics updates delivered?

I'm idly curious to know what type of physical storage medium (e.g. is it a "mini-CD", USB key, a little hard drive, maybe a tape) is used for delivering avionics updates, for an as-recent-as-possible ...
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How does aviation deal with satellite and Moon laser ranging, and other scientific lasers in the sky?

It seems there are many scientific laser ranging stations around the globe and some are mobile. Scientists Bounce Laser Off Soviet Lunar Rover Lost On Moon Decades Ago. Source Questions How ...
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What prevents a passenger from hijacking a private jet?

I was reading another question on this site when I saw this answer. As you can see in the photo I copied below, this private jet has no cockpit door. On commercial aircraft the bullet-proof cockpit ...
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Is it possible to take a liquid/gas inside aircraft cabin to contaminate the air?

As per the security rules, i think upto 100ml of liquid ( medicines, perfumes etc) can be taken on-board by a passenger but is it possible that, that 100ml can be converted to fumes/gas and ...
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What material is used to make luminescent placard on civil aircraft? [closed]

I'm an engineer working in the civil aviation industry. Currently my company is preparing to make some placards. I've downloaded the drawings from Airbus. A drawing calls up the material of AD400 TV25/...