Airport security officials who hauled United Airlines passenger off overbooked flight ‘shouldn’t have been on plane’
Airport officials who sparked fury by hauling a United Airlines passenger off an overbooked flight should not have even boarded the plane, a security chief has claimed. Authorities in Chicago are investigating why three officers, now placed on administrative leave, were on the plane before David Dao, 69, was dragged off the flight. The officers, who are unarmed and meant to back up local police, were called by airline employees after the doctor refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be repositioned for other flights.
The resulting altercation left Dao with a broken nose, concussion and needing reconstructive surgery, according to his lawyers, who have said he is likely to sue.
Dr David Dao, 69, say he suffered severe injuries after he was filmed being violently removed from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport (Photo: Twitter/kaylyn_davis) The footage sparked an outcry against United Airlines (Photo: REUTERS)
Jeff Redding, who is in charge of safety and security at the Chicago Department of Aviation, which operates O’Hare International Airport, said airport security are not supposed to respond to such calls.
“If it is a customer service-related incident, then you don’t need to board the plane at all,” Redding told a group of Chicago city council members on Thursday. The official however could not immediately say how his officers were instructed about the use of force.
The agency has yet to comment. Once the officers were on the plane, they bungled the situation, according to United Airlines’ pilots’ union.
The United Master Executive Council on Thursday accused the security officers of actions that were “grossly inappropriate.”
“For reasons unknown to us, instead of trained Chicago Police Department officers being dispatched to the scene, Chicago Department of Aviation personnel responded,” the union said.
Dr David Dao was left with a broken nose and needing reconstructive surgery, his lawyers claimed (Photo: Storyful)
The airport security officers, while required to meet minimum police standards and go through academy training, are not in fact police, and cannot carry guns or arrest people.
“We are going to thoroughly review every aspect of our operation,” said Chicago’s aviation chief Ginger Evans.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, responsible for the major airports in the New York area, sent out a new directive Friday noting that their officers would not assist in removing a passenger in an overbooking situation.
Sam Allardyce admits that Crystal Palace 2and other clubs may need to be more aware of issues around security after the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus this week. Three explosions damaged the German club’s bus on Tuesday, just hours ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco, which was postponed as a result and played on Wednesday instead. Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was injured in the incident, and required an operation after fracturing his wrist.
Since the attack, Premier League clubs have been reminded that the security threat level in the UK remains ‘severe’ and Allardyce was asked about security in football in his pre-match press conference ahead of Palace’s game with Leicester City tomorrow (Saturday).
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“Maybe players and ourselves maybe should slightly be more aware in and around when football matches are being played on the basis of what happened at Dortmund.”
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An international hacking group targeted the Foreign Office in a campaign lasting several months, cyber security experts have revealed. The Callisto Group are highly motivated and well resourced and thought to be involved in intelligence gathering about foreign and security policy. Cyber security firm F-Secure claimed the group s infrastructure has links with Russia, China and Ukraine, but did not offer any definitive conclusions about who was behind Callisto. The Foreign Office (FCO) was one of the organisations targeted by Callisto in 2016, with other targets including military personnel, government officials, think tanks and journalists in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Erka Koivunen, chief information security officer at F-Secure said: We do not have enough data to determine what exactly the Callisto Group were doing with the FCO, or whether any activity concerning them was successfully executed. However, we do have indicators that the FCO were targeted by the Callisto Group.
The Government faces tens of thousands of cyber attacks every month and is aware of several established, capable state and state-sponsored groups seeking to penetrate UK networks. The active cyber defence (ACD) programme developed by the Government is aimed at blocking attacks before they reach their intended recipient. In a report on Callisto s activities, F-Secure said that in October 2015 the group used phishing techniques sending emails purporting to come from Google suggesting that their Gmail accounts were about to be closed to harvest security credentials. In early 2016 spear phishing emails with malicious attachments appearing to be from people known to the recipient were sent in highly targeted attacks aimed at government officials, military targets, think tanks and journalists.
The malware contained in the attacks would have enabled Callisto to gather basic information and screenshots but also install further software which could have given the group full remote access to the machine and its data. While the targeting would suggest that the main benefactor of the Callisto Group s activity is a nation state with specific interest in the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus regions, the link to infrastructure used for the sale of controlled substances hints at the involvement of a criminal element, the report said. One potential explanation was that Callisto is a cyber crime group with ties to a nation state, such as acting on behalf of or for the benefit of a government agency but it was not possible to make any definitive assertions , F-Secure concluded.
Cyber security firm F-Secure claimed the Callisto Group s infrastructure has links with Russia, China and Ukraine (PA) A National Cyber Security Centre spokesman said: The first duty of Government is to safeguard the nation and as the technical authority on cyber security, the NCSC is delivering ground breaking innovations to make the UK the toughest online target in the world. Emails are the main path for most attacks and usually rely on an abuse of trust by spoofing well-known brands .
The Government s ACD programme is developing services to block, prevent and neutralise attacks before they reach inboxes.
These measures are being trialled on government systems to prove effectiveness before we ask industry to implement them.