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

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Can a GPS signal sent to a plane be spoofed?

Related to What effect would an air-to-air GPS jamming system have?, I'm wondering whether it is possible for a terrorist (or likewise, law enforcement) to manipulate GPS signals received by a jet, re-...
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Are converted airliners fitted with key-operated locks/switches for security?

Light aircraft are commonly fitted with key-operated doors (cabin, cargo compartments) and key-operated switches (magneto/starter) in a manner very similar to most road vehicles. Airliners are not ...
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How safe are commercial airliners from gallium infiltration?

I recently saw a video on gallium infiltration on YouTube. Gallium is a metal with a melting point somewhere between standard room temperature and human body temperature, meaning if you pick up a ...
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How is a stolen aircraft returned to its owner?

Once the authorities figure out where a stolen GA aircraft is, do they get the owner to come take it back? do they fly it back to its home airport? How exactly does the owner get his hands back on it?
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Can pilots take multitools on board in Canada?

Can pilots in other countries or Canada carry Swiss army knives onboard on commercial flights? Passengers are not allowed to do that in Canada.
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Why are Israeli planes followed by an armored police truck at ZRH?

While I was actively traveling to Zürich (for three years before Covid pandemic), I noticed that the Israeli airplane is always being followed by an armored police car with a machine gun turret on top....
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Does the FlightRadar24 pose a risk to aviation security? [closed]

As you may know, on the internet there is the FlightRadar24 website where you can see the flight information of planes worldwide in real time. Although this is wonderful for those who like aviation, ...
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How will LiFi application in an aircraft change the security of an air travel? [closed]

In a near future, LiFi technology will replace WiFi in a commercial aircraft. LiFi will make nonstop internet service possible. This will generate some new issues in air travel security. Especially ...
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Are old illegal air transfer methods still feasible today? [closed]

A retired soldier told me he used to know people who smuggled jewelries, hard drugs, guns and even people from middle eastern countries to Europe, specifically, Germany! Via planes! In fact, he said ...
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How do people smuggle stuff with private airplanes? [closed]

I get it, the question seems as if I'm reaching out for answers from experienced smugglers! But no. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to get answers on air surveillance & security. Love it or hate ...
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How does security and baggage checking work in regards to a private jet?

I was told recently that if you are flying on your own private jet, you can drive your car directly on to the runway, park next to your plane and board without any security checks. This can't be true ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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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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Locked out of private jet - how do you get in?

Ok I'm not a jet owner, I'm a novel writer. I wanted to get my airplane facts right for the story. Say my character has a mid-size (can go overseas) private jet. Has a door lock on the outside door ...
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Can a Boeing 777 be hacked?

All this confusion over flight 370 has me wondering if it would be possible to hack into an airplane and control the autopilot or other on-board systems in a way that the pilots couldn't regain ...
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Why are commercial flights not (publicly) trackable in some locations?

Flying BA15 from London to Sydney, I noticed that the flight is not tracked over Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, except for a short ping. Is this for security reasons? Do planes disable their ADS-B, or ...
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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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Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming?

Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming? By "civilian aircraft," I mean planes that were not equipped with flares that fire when rockets approach or any similar anti-missile systems. If ...
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Why isn't luggage that goes in the hold scanned as thoroughly as hand luggage? [closed]

I'm a regular international flyer, my hand luggage is always scanned, and despite my best efforts it often gets searched, either due to mistakes on my part, or security being extra cautious. On my ...
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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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Can diplomats be allowed on the flight deck of a commercial European airline?

If a diplomat were to request access to the flight deck with proper identification, would he/she be allowed to visit the cockpit of a commercial airliner during flight?
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Can I carry a waveform generator with me inside an airplane? [closed]

I have recently learned that I have an urgent domestic flight tonight. I am curious about whether I can carry the device with me. The device I want to carry is 33120A Arbitrary Waveform Generator. I ...
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Are airlines responsible for Airport security or Airports concerned or third-parties on terminal-side? [closed]

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can ADS-B be secure when it is based on self-reporting?

By all reports, ADS-B is the future of air navigation and ATC. In the simplest definition, ADS-B is aircraft self-reporting GPS position to benefit everyone. How is this secure? Seems like someone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Would a random passenger be allowed to fix a problem with a commercial aircraft?

I just read an article about a man (who is alledgedly an airplane mechanic) who was a passenger on an airplane that had some mechanical issues. Because there were no 'local' mechanics around, he ...
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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 ...