A 13 year old boy slipped through security and board a British Airways flight at Heathrow Airport this week.
The teen, believed to be Dutch, was only noticed when cabin crew asked for his boarding pass. The flight was delayed for over four hours, and other passengers had to undergo a second security check.
The incident comes the same week as an Australia-wide security outage cause delays in our airports.
The delays were believed to be related to the smart-gate passport processing at international departures.
“Thousands of passengers at [the] airport’s international terminal were met with snaking queues on Monday morning, as they attempted to use passport security e-gates that had experienced an outage since 6am,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
It was nearly midday before an Australian Border Force spokesperson said the issue had been resolved.
Passengers took to social media to vent their frustrations.
Given the nature of national and international security threats, it is crucial the aviation industry works to recognise suspicious activity, understand the latest threats, and keep up with evolving concealment techniques, for both operational efficiency and the safety of passengers and staff.
Criterion Conference’s APAC Airport Security Summit, running at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel from 30-31 July 2019, will address the security challenges that arise as we rely more heavily on technology systems that require less and less human intervention.