Trump-Kim summit: Decoy flights, snipers among security steps when US leader flies

US President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One in Cleveland, Ohio, last month. For security reasons, the use of decoy flights – sometimes two or more – is not unheard of when the US President travels, and decisions such as where to land and whi
US President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One in Cleveland, Ohio, last month. For security reasons, the use of decoy flights – sometimes two or more – is not unheard of when the US President travels, and decisions such as where to land and which flight path to take are sometimes made at the last moment. PHOTO: REUTERS
US security forces watch as the US Air Force One plane carrying US President Barack Obama arrives at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Airbase, Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Nov 20, 2015.
US security forces watch as the US Air Force One plane carrying US President Barack Obama arrives at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Airbase, Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Nov 20, 2015. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

When United States President Donald Trump flies to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, air traffic controllers at Changi Airport will be looking out for not one but two of the American President's official blue-and-white Boeing 747 jets.

The decoy - the one not carrying Mr Trump - will likely fly over the island and land elsewhere, quite possibly at the US Air Force base in Japan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Decoy flights, snipers among security steps when US leader flies'. Print Edition | Subscribe