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30 January 2022: En Route from Accra, Ghana to Washington, D. C.

On a United flight in January, the crew was informed that a passenger, Soman Noori, was in labor. They were not near the destination of Washington, D. C. Fortunately, a doctor was able to assist the flight attendants, one of whom was a trained nurse, and the baby was delivered…

12 January 2022: Luxor, Egypt

Hossam Menoufy Mahmoud Sallam has not been seen since the unscheduled landing of his flight in Luxor, Human Rights Watch says. The 29-year-old Egyptian national was traveling from Khartoum to Istanbul when the plane made an unscheduled landing at the Luxor International Airport. After all passengers were deplaned, security officers…

11 January 2022: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

An American Airlines passenger forced his way into the cockpit of a B737-800 as it sat at the gate in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The man reportedly ran down the jetway, rushed the cockpit and damaged the flight controls. He then tried to jump out the window. Crew members, including…

23 January 2022: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch military police reported that a stowaway was found in the wheel well of a Cargolux cargo aircraft that arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from Africa on Sunday, January 23. “The man is doing well considering the circumstances and has been taken to a hospital,” said a statement from the…

Veridos Unveils Next Generation of Verification Solutions

Veridos will unveil the next generation in security and verification solutions at the World Police Summit in Dubai. Three innovative products – VeriDNA, VergiGO Drive ID and the Veridos Inspection Kit – will empower governments to make official documents even more secure and to identify individuals faster.  Taking place on…

27 November 2021: Miami, Florida

A man hid in the wheel well of an American Airlines flight from Guatemala to Miami, November 27, 2021. The man, 26, was found stunned from the experience at Miami International Airport. He was taken to a local Miami hospital. “Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal…

27 October 2021: En Route from Rhode Island to California

In what American Airlines CEO Doug Parker called “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed,” a flight attendant was hit in the face by a passenger and suffered a concussion during a flight from Rhode Island. An FBI report says a witness reported that Brian Hsu,…

2 December 2021: El Dorado Intl. Airport Bogotá, Columbia

Hundreds of insects and spiders including tarantulas, scorpions and giant cockroaches were found packed in plastic containers and tightly stowed in a suitcase headed for Europe. They were seized by authorities at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. Airport police spotted the haul in luggage belonging to two German…

4 December 2021: Phoenix, Arizona

A Southwest Airlines passenger exited a plane through a rear door while the aircraft was taxiing to a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, airport officials reported. The incident happened in the morning on Flight 4236 from Colorado Springs. The captain stopped the plane and notified Air Traffic Control,…

5 November 2021: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca, one of Spain’s busiest airports, had to be shut down for hours on November 5, after a bizarre series of events. A medical emergency was reported on board a flight en route from Casablanca, Morocco, to Istanbul, Turkey. The flight was diverted to Palma de Mallorca. After…

9 November 2021

The mother of a biracial child is suing Southwest Airlines for racial profiling after airline employees targeted the two as a potential human trafficking situation. Mary MacCarthy and her daughter Moira, 10 years old, were flying from Los Angeles to Denver for the funeral of her brother. Upon arrival in…

10 November 2021

A November attempt at the assassination of the Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, failed. Armed drones were used in the attack at his residence. He suffered minor cuts and seven of his security guards were wounded. At least two drones were involved. The prime minister took to television to make…

20 November 2021: Atlanta, Georgia

A passenger’s weapon fired at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on November 20, 2021. The sequence of events is that a prohibited item was seen on a routine X-ray scan of a passenger’s bag, TSA federal security director for Georgia, Robert Spinden, said at a news conference. The…

26 November 2021: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fights broke out between multiple passengers at Minneapolis airport after a flight landed on Friday 26 November. The incident occurred just before midnight, after a Frontier Airlines flight landed and parked at the gate. The violent outburst, which took place at the airport’s terminal 2, was caught on camera and…

24 February 2022: Azores, Portugal

A 656-foot cargo ship, the Felicity Ace, which is a roll-on roll-off car-carrying ship, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean. It was carrying cargo, including luxury cars such as Porsches and Volkswagens. The ship was en route from Germany to Rhode Island. At the time the ship caught fire, it…

16 March 2022: Norfolk, Virginia

The Ever Forward, operated by Evergreen Marine Corp. — the same company that operated the Ever Given — ran aground Sunday in Chesapeake Bay as it traveled from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. William P. Doyle, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, said in a tweet: “The…

26 February 2022: Hoi An, Viet Nam

A tourist boat carrying 39 tourists and crew capsized in poor weather including rough waters and strong winds near Hoi An. Fifteen people died and two are still unaccounted for. The boat was returning to Hoi An from Cu Lao Cham island, a local favorite for diving and snorkeling. The…

20 February 2022: Corfu, Greece

One person was found dead on a ferry that caught fire and burned near the island of Corfu, Greece in late February. He was the first person believed to have been killed in the fire, but 10 others were missing and thought to be dead. Hundreds were taken off the…

5 March 2022: Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea fired a probable ballistic missile into the sea on Saturday 5 March, a week after firing another. It was at least the ninth one launched in 2022 so far. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapon was fired toward the country’s eastern waters. A televised statement…

Veridos Unveils Next Generation of Verification Solutions

Veridos will unveil the next generation in security and verification solutions at the World Police Summit in Dubai. Three innovative products – VeriDNA, VergiGO Drive ID and the Veridos Inspection Kit – will empower governments to make official documents even more secure and to identify individuals faster.  Taking place on…

27 September 2021: Caribbean Sea

The Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and offloaded approximately 250 kilograms of cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan, following Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore’s interdiction of a go-fast smuggling vessel in the Caribbean Sea. The apprehended smugglers are Dominican Republic nationals, who were charged…

10 October 2021: Washington, D. C.

An engineer in the U.S. Navy and his wife were charged with attempting to share secrets on submarine technology with another country. Court documents show that Jonathan Toebbe has been accused of trying to sell information on the nuclear propulsion system of Virginia-class attack submarines. Toebbe had clearances in nuclear…

28 November 2021: Off the Coast of Calabria, Italy

244 migrants were rescued by the Italian Coast Guard during the night of Sunday, November 28, 2021 off the coast of Calabria in the southern Italy. There were 41 minors, including an infant born the previous day on a packed fishing boat that encountered difficult sea conditions. Bad weather made…

15 September 2021: Mundra Port, India

Three tonnes of heroin was seized by Indian officials on 15 September. The heroin originated from Afghanistan and is estimated to be worth $2.72b. This comes one month after the Taliban reestablished rule over the country. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) reports they seized two containers at Mundra Port…

7 June 2021: Across the globe

More than 800 people were arrested across the globe in a sting operation conducted by joint law enforcement agencies. An0m, an app touted to users as secure with encrypted messaging, was secretly developed and sold to organized crime networks by the FBI, the agency said in a press conference in…

25 March 2021: Off the coast of Vizhinjam, India

A Sri Lankan boat was seized by the Indian Coast Guard and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). It was carrying 300 kilograms of heroin, five AK-47 guns and ammunition on March 25, off the coast of Vizhinjam in Kerala. The boat, named ‘Ravihansi,’ was heading to Sri Lanka. The NCB arrested…

8 August 2021: Port of Kirkenes, Norway

A fishing ship, TAMANGO, experienced a fire onboard on 8 August. The vessel was in port in Kirkenes, Norway. After the fire broke out, the vessel was towed further offshore, and there an explosion occurred. unclear if anyone was injured during the initial fire or the resulting explosion.

1 April 2021: Indian Ocean

Ship Captain Angelo Capurro likely contracted Covid-19 and began showing symptoms on the second day of his journey on the MV Ital Libera cargo vessel. Five days later, the 61-year-old was confined to his cabin and could not get out of bed. The captain was also the designated medical officer…

14 January 2022: Brussels, Belgium

A man pushed a woman onto the train tracks at the Rogiers metro station in Brussels. The train was able to stop inches from the woman, who was seen motionless on the tracks during the incident. The 55-year-old woman was taken to a hospital suffering shock but was reportedly not…

15 January 2022: New York, New York

A homeless man with a history of mental problems is accused of pushing Michelle Go onto the train tracks at a New York City station, where she was hit by a train Saturday, January 15. She was waiting for a southbound train when the attack occurred. “This incident was unprovoked,…

17 January 2022: Los Angeles, California

A Los Angeles Times report highlighted the supply chain problems and resulting thievery. Thieves in the area where trains have been waiting for the next leg of their journey have been pilfering the rail cars. Rails have been littered with torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and packaging from a wave…

4 March 2022: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, who was involved in a 2015 derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, was acquitted of all charges on March 4, 2022. He had been facing involuntary manslaughter charges among 200 ancillary charges, including a count of causing catastrophe. The train he was operating was…

11 March 2022: Berlin, Germany

Trains from Poland, filled with hundreds of Ukrainian refugees, have been arriving at Berlin’s main train station every other hour for days. The trains are mostly filled with mothers and children looking for a safe place away from the war that broke out in late February. Loudspeakers in the station…

10 January 2022: Dusseldorf, Germany

The parents of a baby in Germany were left on the platform as the train sped away this past Sunday. The parents “watched in horror” according to bystanders as the train left with their child on board. The father placed the child, 11 months old, in a stroller on the…

1 January 2022: New York, New York

Early on New Year’s Day a man at a New York City subway train station was attacked by gang members. The 38-year-old man was approached by members of a gang, one wielding a knife. During the attack, the man ended up on the train tracks below the platform. It was…

Veridos Unveils Next Generation of Verification Solutions

Veridos will unveil the next generation in security and verification solutions at the World Police Summit in Dubai. Three innovative products – VeriDNA, VergiGO Drive ID and the Veridos Inspection Kit – will empower governments to make official documents even more secure and to identify individuals faster.  Taking place on…

20 October 2021: London, UK

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the Night Tube will be returning in time for the busy Christmas period after being suspended since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Services on the Central and Victoria lines will run throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday 27 November,…

31 October 2021: Tokyo, Japan

Seventeen people were injured — one of those stabbed — when a man dressed as the character “The Joker” from the movie Batman, entered a train and began lashing out with a knife the night of October 31. It happened on the Keio Line train in Tokyo. A 70-year-old man…

1 December 2021: Munich, Germany

An explosion caused by an old aircraft bomb injured three people in Munich. The explosion occurred just outside Donnersbergerbruecke station where construction is ongoing. Witnesses reported that there was a loud explosion near the Donnersberger Bridge, then they saw a column of smoke. “At this time there is no evidence…

24 September 2021: Thongmeroud Village, Kasi District, Laos

A man was arrested in the Vientiane capital for stealing railway construction components along the Laos-China Railway. According to a report posted on the Lao Youth Radio Facebook page, approximately 147 steel joints and 39 rail bolts used in the construction of the Lao-China railway had been reported stolen in…

19 August

At 09:01 hrs on 19 August 2021, a freight train consisting of a class 66 locomotive and 36 container wagons struck a loaded farm trailer at Kisby user worked level crossing, situated near to March, in Cambridgeshire. The train driver applied the train’s emergency brake around 6 seconds before the…

25 September 2021: Joplin, Montana

Three people were killed and more than 50 were hurt when eight cars of an Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana. Rescuers had to extricate passengers from the cars that tipped over and came to a halt in the grass and dirt knoll off the sides of the rails. Amtrak…

23 February 2021: Waterloo Station, London, UK

The UK’s South Western Railway is having to apologize to a size 18 woman due to an inspector who described her as being of “fat build”. The rail firm said the word ‘fat’ was used to describe Natasha Kaur and that it was derogatory but only after she made a…

Armed Man on Bus Causes Traffic Delays on I-85 that Lasts Hours

An armed man onboard a northbound Greyhound bus in the Atlanta area caused traffic to be delayed in both directions and fear among fellow passengers on 22 March. Greyhound said the bus was bound for New York City. The man was described as being in a “behavioral health crisis” and…

28 February 2022: Boston, Massachusetts

A truck carrying U. S. mail plunged off a bridge near Boston, Mass. The driver was unhurt and climbed out of the truck on his own. Mail spilled into the icy river. Rescuers helped the driver, who did not know how to swim, get out of the frigid waters.

5 March 2022: Lakewood, California

Catalytic converter thefts, like the one shown here in Lakewood, California, are on the rise. Multiple thefts have occurred within close proximity of each other in the same night. Police are investigating. In this photo, a large group is shown pulling up to a home and smashing a resident’s vehicle…

28 December 2021: Atlanta, Georgia

A UPS driver in Atlanta, Georgia, was kidnapped at gunpoint on Tuesday December 28. The company began to retrace the driver’s route when the scheduled deliveries for the truck were not made. The driver had just left the warehouse facility when he was kidnapped at gunpoint while waiting for a…

21 January 2022: Danville, Pennsylvania

A truck loaded with monkeys crashed while en route to a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved quarantine facility after arriving Friday morning at New York’s Kennedy Airport from Mauritius. A pickup collided with a dump truck on the Pennsylvania highway which led to the truck with the monkeys crashing. Numerous…

18 February 2022: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cadesha Bishop, who witnesses say pushed a man off a bus in Las Vegas, has been sentenced to prison as part of a please deal. She received a sentence of 8 to 20 years two months after pleading guilty to abuse of an older person resulting in death. She was…

9 February 2022: Fuerth, Germany

A truck driver rammed his vehicle into multiple parked cars after blasting through a red light in Fuerth, Germany. Cars were jammed up against a buildings and causing some to catch fire, according to police. Several people were injured and 31 vehicles damaged in the incident. After the truck driver…

20 February 2022: Northern Territory, Australia

Two men were seriously injured and taken to hospital after their vehicle collided with a road train in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Northern Territory Police said in a statement released after the incident that the two vehicles had crashed on Groote Eylandt and emergency services…

Veridos Unveils Next Generation of Verification Solutions

Veridos will unveil the next generation in security and verification solutions at the World Police Summit in Dubai. Three innovative products – VeriDNA, VergiGO Drive ID and the Veridos Inspection Kit – will empower governments to make official documents even more secure and to identify individuals faster.  Taking place on…

November 2021: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In November, floods and landslides killed at least one person and cut all rail access to Canada’s largest port in the city of Vancouver, a spokesperson for the port said at the time. That weather event plus new rains are causing the port to experience big delays, officials say. The…

21 November 2021

Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV plowed into a parade and spectators in Waukesha, Wisc. on Sunday, November 21, 2021. There was no immediate known connection to international or domestic terrorism, local officials said. They are also saying there does not appear to be…

15 December 2021: The Singhu Border, India

For more than a year, travel was restricted along the The Singhu Border on Delhi-Chandigarh highway. But, on Wednesday 15 December Delhi Police allowed traffic to pass and opened two lanes at Singhu border. The police dismantled all the barricades that were erected to prevent protesting farmers from moving towards…

7 October 2021: Near the Mexico/U. S. Border

Authorities in Mexico discovered 652 Central American migrants in six trailers near their border with the United States. The trucks had stopped at a military checkpoint on a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey in the northern state of Tamaulipas. The state public safety agency said Friday that four suspects…

9 October 2021: Near Nueva Concepción, Guatemala

More than one hundred people were found screaming inside an abandoned shipping container on the side of a road, in Guatemala recently. The 126 people were found at dawn between the towns of Nueva Concepción and Cocales after passersby reported hearing screams inside the container. Authorities say they were likely…

6 September 2021: Sarasota, Florida

Police arrested a man after he tried to steal a semitrailer at a convenience according to The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Around 5:30 a.m., a truck was making a delivery to market on Beneva Road when a man entered the store, asked to use a cell phone and caused a…