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Arrest After Bomb Threat On Flight From London To Oslo

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 18 July 2020

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The incident triggered a security operation at the Norwegian capital's Gardermoen airport [Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP]

51-year-old man suspected of issuing a bomb threat mid air.

Security (Travel) // BLUF: A 51-year-old British man was arrested on suspicion of issuing a mid-air bomb threat while on a Ryanair flight from London to Oslo.

The incident initiated the scrambling of Danish F-16 fighter jets, escorting the aircraft to Norway; along with the deployment of a security force on the ground.

The aircraft landed without incident, with the investigation ongoing.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 18 July 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, INDIA - Economic: U.S. passenger flights to India can resume July 23

FYSA: The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S.-India market starting July 23, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. The Indian government, citing the coronavirus, had banned all scheduled services, prompting the U.S. Transportation Department in June to accuse India of engaging in “unfair and discriminatory practices” on charter air carriers serving India. The Transportation Department said it was withdrawing an order it had issued requiring Indian air carriers to apply for authorization prior to conducting charter flights, and said it had approved an Air India application for passenger charter flights between the United States and India. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. ARGENTINA - Security (Health): Argentina confirms highest daily coronavirus case load after easing restrictions

FYSA: Argentina’s government announced on Friday it will gradually loosen a lockdown that has lasted nearly four months in and around Buenos Aires to stem the spread of coroanvirus, though it later confirmed its highest daily infection count since the pandemic began. President Alberto Fernandez said the gradual return to normal life will happen in several stages, with the first stage lasting until Aug. 2. In capital Buenos Aires, which has been under the tightest restrictions in the country since March 20, shops, hair salons and some professional services will re-open. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. UNITED KINGDOM, NORWAY - Security (Travel): Norway arrests British man suspected of Ryanair plane bomb threat

FYSA: Norwegian authorities say they have arrested a 51-year-old British man suspected of issuing a bomb threat midair during a Ryanair flight from London to Oslo. The incident triggered a security operation at the Norwegian capital's Gardermoen airport and the plane was escorted to Norway by the Royal Danish Air Force's F-16 fighter jets. Flight FR1392 from Stansted airport with 142 passengers and six crew members on board landed safely at Gardermoen on Friday, officials said. Norwegian police said on Twitter: "A Ryanair plane has received a bomb threat while in the air. The plane has landed safely on the runway. The situation is unclear. We are on site with great forces." (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)

4. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health)/Political: Coronavirus crisis to force two-week suspension of Federal Parliament

FYSA: The next sitting fortnight of Federal Parliament is set to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has issued advice saying there is a significant risk allowing politicians to come to Canberra, due to increased community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria and the trends in New South Wales. MPs and senators were to return to Parliament House for the first two weeks of August. (ABC. See link in heading for further reading)

5. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): Dunedin woman sentenced for four lockdown breaches

FYSA: A Dunedin woman who breached the Covid-19 lockdown four times in a week — including twice in one day — has been sentenced to community work. Jade Margaret Cassidy pleaded guilty in the Dunedin District Court yesterday. Judge Michael Crosbie said the only reason the country had had some success in fighting the spread of the virus was that most people abided by the alert level 4 restrictions. Those who did not presented a huge risk to the community, he said. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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