Worldview Security Update – May 29, 2019
29-May-19

AMERICAS

Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On 29 May 2019, Argentina’s major trade unions embarked on a 24-hour-long general strike to protest against President Mauricio Macri’s austerity measures. The strike has significantly affected routine activities, such as public transportation, aviation, banking, health and education services, as well as city services such as trash collection across major cities, including in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario. Public transportation is not operating in the aforementioned cities due to the industrial action. The strike also caused the cancellations of most domestic and international flights and prompted LATAM, Sky Airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas and KLM to cancel scheduled flights. Meanwhile, health services are available for emergency situations on a limited basis. Street demonstrations are reportedly accompanying the strike and such gatherings are likely across Argentinian cities throughout the day.

Canada (Security threat level – 2): On 28 May 2019, system-wide outages disrupted Air Canada’s operations in airports across the country, causing flight cancellations and delays. The airline’s airport systems, check-in systems and customer service call centers were unavailable during the outage due to a computer technical issue, which prevented passengers from booking, checking the status of or checking-in for a flight. The airline later announced that the problem had been resolved and that systems were coming back online, but stated that knock-on delays and cancellations were likely due to the disruption. The airline has advised passengers to confirm the status of their flights through at least 29 May.

United States (Security threat level – 2): Authorities suspended flight operations at Kansas City International Airport (KMCI/MCI) between 2000 local time on 28 May (0100 UTC on 29 May) and 0015 local time on 29 May 2019 due to debris on the airfield left over from severe weather. Officials had initially planned to resume operations at 2230 local time; however, large amounts of debris delayed the efforts of ground crews to clear the area after a tornado struck several towns located on the outskirts of Kansas City. Earlier that day, airport officials temporarily relocated passengers to the parking garage tunnels to shelter in place for nearly one hour.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Algeria (Security threat level – 4): On 28 May 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued an update to its travel advisory for Algeria, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Presidential elections will take place on 4 July 2019. Demonstrations are continuing across the country. Avoid large public gatherings and follow the advice of local authorities. We haven’t changed our level of advice – ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ to Algeria overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.”
  • 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.