How to get on a Watchlist Episode 1: How to shoot down an airliner

In the first episode of our new podcast, we sit down to discuss the risk posed to commercial airliners by terrorism and armed conflicts with Aviation Security expert William Sandover. After 29 years in the UK Foreign Office, with postings in Vienna, Buenos Aires, Paris and Pakistan, William joined British Airways in 2008 as their International Risk Adviser, responsible for analysing the security threats to the airline’s operation and people and working with colleagues to manage these. In 2015, William was appointed the first Chair of the Global Business Travel Association (Europe)’s Risk Committee. In 2017 William was appointed as Cathay Pacific’s Independent Security Adviser.

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How to Shoot Down an Airliner How to get on a Watchlist

In the first episode of our new podcast, we sit down to discuss the risk posed to commercial airliners by terrorism and armed conflicts with Aviation Security expert William Sandover. After 29 years in the UK Foreign Office, with postings in Vienna, Buenos Aires, Paris and Pakistan, William joined British Airways in 2008 as their International Risk Adviser, responsible for analysing the security threats to the airline's operation and people and working with colleagues to manage these. In 2015, William was appointed the first Chair of the Global Business Travel Association (Europe)'s Risk Committee. In 2017 William was appointed as Cathay Pacific's Independent Security Adviser.

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The hosts:

Lewis Sage-Passant is a Doctoral Researcher in the field of intelligence and former Military Intelligence Officer with extensive experience working and living in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia Pacific regions in a variety of geopolitical analysis, security & conflict risk and threat intelligence roles. Lewis specialises in geopolitical intelligence support to the oil & gas industry, the financial sector and leading technology firms.

Colin Reed is a former US government intelligence professional, now working in the private sector to provide geopolitical insights and risk analysis to business leaders.

The production team:

Producer: Edwin Tran

Researchers: Alex Smith & Ananay Agarwal

Additional credit goes to several unnamed members of the Encyclopedia Geopolitica team, as well as our colleagues in the intelligence and security community who helped to make this podcast possible

If you liked this episode, don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list and subscribe on your podcast platform of choice. Please also consider supporting our work via Patreon. While the topics we discuss here are often shrouded in secrecy and security classifications, we really hope you’ll tell your friends about us!

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