Airline Precautions to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission Vary in Effectiveness

Airlines are instituting varying precautions as part of their campaigns to encourage travelers to fly during the pandemic, and to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Travelers who understand the effectiveness of each of the precautions are equipped to make informed decisions when assessing the risk of flying. Travelers can also take additional steps to significantly reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.

Virtual Kidnapping

Travel data and personal information have become more accessible, making virtual kidnappings increasingly common. Although these threats can be difficult to avoid or detect, a proper risk plan can help prepare for such a situation.

Consequences of Runway Excursions Vary Considerably by Airport

The crash of Air India Express (IX) flight IX-1344 at Calicut International Airport (CCJ) in India on August 7 was one of the deadliest runway excursion incidents in the past decade. Runway excursions – incidents in which a plane runs off the side or end of a runway – are some of the most common incidents in commercial aviation, and the vast majority of these incidents do not result in any serious injuries to passengers. The consequences of a runway excursion depend on the speed at which an aircraft leaves the runway, and more importantly, the distance between the runway and any nearby obstacles, such as structures, trees, steep terrain, or bodies of water.

Anti-government Protests in Bulgaria Will Likely Persist and Intensify

Daily demonstrations have been ongoing in Sofia and other major cities in Bulgaria since July 9. Protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, his government, and the Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev, for what they perceive as high-level corruption. The size and intensity of the demonstrations will partly depend on Borisov’s response to the political crisis.

Increased Persecution Against LGBTQ Individuals in Morocco

As millions of people globally respond to socializing restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, some have turned to dating apps to find potential partners. In countries where it is dangerous to publicly identify as LGBTQ, many individuals feel these mobile apps are the only safe opportunity to date. However, while these apps have facilitated social interactions and dating during quarantine, they have also been used by anti-LGBTQ individuals as a tool to identify, locate, and persecute LGBTQ users, putting them at increased risk.