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Widerøe gets crash course on people smuggling

Norway’s criminal investigation service, Kripos, has started to give courses on how to spot human trafficking.

Norway’s regional airline Widerøe is reported to be embarking on giving its pilots and cabin crew crash courses on teaching them how to spot the victims of human trafficking – and how to deal with the situation.

From this week, around 160 crew members at Oslo Airport Gardermoen will take the course, although other airlines are not yet participating at such a comprehensive level, the Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv writes.

Earlier this year, the United Nations released new guidelines on how airline cabin crew can detect human trafficking on board their aircraft during the flight.

No cases yet
The national criminal investigation service Kripos tells the newspaper that there have been no detected cases of human trafficking on aircraft coming to Norway, but that it cannot be ruled out in the future.

“Most people have the best intentions with flights. But at the same time we know that this is not always the case,” confirms Catharina Solli, information manager at Widerøe.

Widerøe mostly operates domestic flights across Norway – though some of these are in danger of being scaled back in 2019. But it also operates routes between Norwegian airports and Denmark, Sweden and Scotland.

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