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Airframe Parachutes Might Have Prevented Germanwings Crash

The founder of an aerospace company dedicated to manufacturing airframe parachutes for general aviation and legacy aircraft, says that eventually such technology could even guard against sabotage — virtually preventing catastrophes like this week’s Germanwings A320 crash.

Even though IATA, the global trade association for the airline industry, reassured a jittery flying public that air remains the safest way to travel, perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at airframe parachutes for commercial aircraft.

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DHS Leaves Federal Facilities Open to Cyber Attacks

By Amanda Vicinanzo
Senior Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Amid reports that US Central Command’s social media accounts were attacked by hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an audit report indicating DHS is unprepared to address the increasing vulnerability of federal facilities to cyber attacks.

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DHS: Flights From Ebola Nations Must Arrive at 1 of 5 US Airports

By Glynn Cosker
Editor, In Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that all flights arriving from Ebola-stricken West African countries must arrive at one of five specific U.S. airports with adequate Ebola screening stations in place.

Starting Oct. 22, any flights arriving from the Ebola-ravaged region of Africa must stop at Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta, New York’s JFK or Chicago O’Hare.

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Latest Ebola Patient Traveled on Frontier Airlines One Day Prior to Diagnosis

By Glynn Cosker
Editor, In Homeland Security

The second health care worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus took a domestic flight one day prior to reporting symptoms. The CDC is seeking contact from all 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct.13. Anybody on the flight should call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4635).

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