Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jun 6, 2010

Napolitano urges Arab cooperation on body scanners. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she is "respectful and cognizant of the privacy concerns" raised by full-body scanners but that such concerns should not be allowed to undermine aviation security. "Respect for privacy is a value we share," Napolitano said Tuesday at a security conference in the United Arab Emirates. But legal and cultural norms should not prevent nations from "working toward a common goal and a deep and stronger partnership with respect to security and privacy," she said Jun 1, 2010

Aeromexico Montreal case shows watch lists at work. The arrest of Abdirahman Ali Gaal in Montreal after his flight was barred from U.S. airspace shows the continuing evolution of federal watch list procedures, writes Newsweek reporter Mark Hosenball. Though officials say Gaal's name was on a watch list, he was allowed to board an Aeromexico flight in Paris because the aircraft was not scheduled to land in the U.S., but merely fly through U.S. airspace. The Department of Homeland Security hoped to have procedures in place by year's end for screening all passengers transiting U.S. airspace, but sources say that deadline looks unlikely. Jun 3, 2010

Aeromexico Passenger captured in Montreal reportedly had al-Qaida ties. Canada has turned over to U.S. authorities a U.S. permanent resident of Somali descent after Canadian border police removed the suspect from a flight in Montreal. Abdirahman Ali Gaal was flying from Paris to Mexico City over the weekend when officials advised Aeromexico "of a passenger who is on the U.S. no-fly list," according to the airline. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security refused to confirm details of the no-fly list, but a spokesman said "Mr. Gaal, a legal permanent resident, was returned to the United States, where he is currently being questioned." NBC News reported that Gaal is suspected by DHS of membership in al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida ally based in Somalia. Jun 2, 2010

Emirates Airlines Following high demand for flights to South Africa for the final of the FIFA World Cup, Emirates, the official airline of the tournament, will operate extra flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg on Monday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 13. U.S. passengers can travel to Dubai from any of EmiratesO four U.S. gateways -- New York (JFK), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO). Once...

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