Former Comair flight attendant (FA) Gilbert Knops has filed suit against the airline, claiming his ethnic appearance and anti-war sentiment bred suspicion of an involvement in terrorism that led to his firing. According to the suit, a coworker reported him for showing her a sticker ridiculing “support the troops” car magnets and a cartoon lampooning President George W. Bush.
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In the aftermath of 9/11, the number-one priority quickly became answering “How did it happen?” and “How do we stop it from happening again?”
Four years later, we know how it happened, leaving the matter of how to stop it from happening again, and raising a third question: “How safe are we?”
While many in general aviation were seeking to modify or eliminate the much-loathed Washington air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the FAA executed a 180-degree course change early last month and issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to make the ADIZ permanent.
Perhaps one of the least appreciated benefits of corporate aviation is that its pilots and their passengers don’t have to endure the security procedures of crowded airport terminals. But the security hassles at the airport are the least of the concerns afflicting the senior managers at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Despite the dramatic August 10 revelation of a terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners departing from the UK, European Union (EU) transport officials have not accelerated their plans to rework the existing EC2320 aviation security regulations. The draft rules are next due to be discussed at a meeting of EU countries’ transport ministers on October 9.
Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable registrations and/or no TSA-required security measures/waivers” might be denied access to the National Airspace System.
In a recent letter to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it has “begun the process of developing and instituting a security oversight and monitoring program for fractional ownership aircraft.” The letter was the latest correspondence between the TSA and ECAC about the European organization’s concerns about the security aspects of fractional operations.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified BAE Systems’ Matador infrared heat-seeking missile jamming system for fixed-wing aircraft as an approved product for national defense. Currently the system is the only one of its kind to receive DHS approval. The Matador system has been installed in a number of corporate jets since it received FAA certification in 1987.
The call comes as the FAA released its draft environmental impact statement on its airspace redesign–a project involving 31,000 sq mi, five states and 21 major airports. Four redesign alternatives are under consideration, and the FAA will choose one after the public comment period ends on June 1. Workshops will be held throughout the five-state study area over the next three months.
Germany’s highest court last month voided a law adopted last year that allowed the military to shoot down hijacked civilian aircraft. The shootdown law was enacted after a man who stole a small airplane threatened to crash it into a building in Frankfurt. According to an AP report, the court said the law is “incompatible with the fundamental right to life” of innocent passengers.