Japan Air Force One's flight path published online
Published on Sep 4, 2014 12:35 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's security-conscious government admitted on Thursday that details about the flight path and exact location of the prime minister's plane had been posted on the Internet for anyone to see.
In a breach the defence ministry hurried to fix, Flightradar 24 - a website and mobile app that enables users to track air traffic around the world - had been carrying details of Shinzo Abe's official flights as he travelled abroad.
Using the application, which processes data sent from aircraft, anyone on a smartphone or computer was able to see where Japan's official planes - which carry the premier as well as the emperor and empress - was going.
The Defence Ministry, which is in charge of the official planes, does not normally disclose details of such flights for security concerns.
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