Worldview Security Update – June 6, 2019
6-Jun-19

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): A power outage affected Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX/LAX) from approximately 1810 local time on 5 June 2019 (0110 UTC on 6 June) to 2200 local time. Terminals 1, 7 and 8 — which house Southwest Airlines and United Airlines — were the most affected during the blackout. Southwest Airlines canceled at least 18 outbound flights on 5 June and several of its incoming flights were diverted to nearby airports. Meanwhile, United Airlines canceled at least two flights and delayed 11 others; in addition, at least nine incoming flights were diverted. The cause of the power outage remains under investigation.

EUROPE

France / United Kingdom / Ireland (Security threat levels – 3 / 2 / 2): As of 6 June 2019, strong winds from Storm Miguel are expected to reach western and northern France on 7 June. The storm is forecast to make landfall in the Loire-Atlantique and Morbihan departments on the morning of 7 June before moving north across the region of Brittany throughout the afternoon. Météo France — the French national meteorological service — expects the storm to bring wind gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph) and cause flooding as it moves across Brittany. Meanwhile, the U.K. Met Office and Ireland’s Met Éireann have also warned of severe weather during the afternoon and evening of 7 June as the storm treks north. Miguel is expected to cause power outages, and disruptions to transportation services are possible.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 3): On 6 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka to read in part as follows:

  • “The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka”
  • Analyst Comment: The FCO upgraded its travel advice in April 2019 to warn against all but essential travel after multiple bombings targeted hotels and places of worship in Batticaloa, Colombo and Negombo on 21 April.
  • Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 5 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Each city in metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and in other cities across Sudan.
  • “Event: Violence and civil unrest continue in Khartoum and across Sudan. Communications systems, such as cellular data and internet, are not functional. Cellular voice and SMS are functional. The airport in Khartoum is open; however, some flights have been cancelled or are being rescheduled. Traveling to the airport may be hazardous due to roadblocks, civil unrest, and violence.
  • “Movement by U.S. government personnel at the U.S. Embassy has been reduced to minimal official movements only. The Embassy is closed to the public.”
  • Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 5 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued an update to its travel advice for Sudan, which reads in part as follows:

  • “The FCO [now] advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Sudan, including Khartoum. If you’re in Sudan, you should consider carefully whether your need to remain is essential and consider leaving the country by commercial means. As of 5 June 2019, the decision was made to withdraw non-essential British Embassy staff and dependants from Sudan.”
  • Analyst Comment: The U.K. FCO continues to maintain its previous advisory against all travel to the Abyei region, the states of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, the “southern area of West Kordofan state that was previously part of South Kordofan,” areas within 200 km (124 mi) of the border with Libya, and areas within 50 km of the “border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states.”
  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.