31-Dec-2009 9:53 AM

Northwest Airlines Flight 253 security responses

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) stated (30-Dec-2009) it would work with government, industry and airline operators, to thoroughly evaluate the series of events that led to the in-flight security incident on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and identify areas where the system can be improved. [more]

China Eastern Airlines reportedly put in place a ban on passengers carrying liquids on flights to the US (Shanghai Daily, 31-Dec-2009). Passengers on flights to all other destinations are still permitted to take containers of less than 100 ml of liquid in carry-on luggage

Germany Interior Ministry suggested the German Government may reconsider its stance on using millimetre-wave scanning technology at German airports, and the scanners could be in place by mid-2010 (spiegel.de, 31-Dec-2009).

The Netherlands Interior Ministry confirmed Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport will deploy full body scanning security technology “immediately” for services to the US (NY Times, 31-Dec-2009). Seven of the 15 scanners at the airport are ready for use, with the remainder to be deployed over the next three weeks.

Belgium's National Civil Aviation Security Committee stated (30-Dec-2009) heightened security measures for passengers on services to the US, which were to apply from 26-Dec-2009 to 30-Dec-2009, will be extended. Passengers will continue to be subject to a double security screening, with both the usual security screening and a second screening at the gate prior to boarding to be conducted. In Jan-2010, EU countries will discuss how they can harmonise the measures adopted by the different member states. [more]

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority stated the country will acquire full-body scanners in 2010 and deploy them at its international airports (Reuters, 30-Dec-2009).

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