Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation
A Korean Air jet makes a landing at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Wednesday.
May 3rd, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation

North Korea has been busy for the past week, trying to jam the navigation signals going to civilian aircraft over South Korea, according to reports in South Korean media.

Through Wednesday afternoon, the GPS satellite signals to more than 250 aircraft have been affected, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing South Korea's Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Ministry.

Planes from Korean Air, Japan Airlines, FedEx, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways have been affected, Bloomberg news reported, citing the Land Ministry.

The jamming began April 28, according to a report from Dong-A Ilbo.

The planes have been able to use other systems to keep on their courses, according to the reports.

The planes affected were either taking off or landing at Incheon or Gimpo international airports or flying over the central region of the country, according to the reports.

The jamming signals were coming from the Kaesong area of North Korea, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a staffer at the Korea Communications Commission.

The jamming comes after North Korea threatened to initiate "special actions" aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government.

North Korean armed forces will use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style" to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report.

It did not specify what those actions would involve.

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  1. Dupper


    May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dupper

    North Korea makes Jam – now, if only they could make peanut butter.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      "The radar sir, it seems to be... jammed."

      "Jammed...? Raspberry. There is only one man who would dare give me the raspberry. Lone Starr!"

      May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimmy le

    We can't use cyber attacks against N. Korea. They aint got any technology. OBAMA, SEND IN THE DRONES!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. real_personn

    Listen very carefully, you can here a child's voice,SK saying repeatedly "stop touching me, stop touching me, stop touching me, stop touching me" to the repeated pokes from their annoying, PIA sibling NK.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      @real-person: this is a whole lot more serious than annoyance. Don't you understand the possible repercussions?

      May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      That is a really stup id comment now isn't it! Would be nice if YOU were on a plane and somebody jammed the signal when you were trying to land! Better yet, why don't you just jam it yourself.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fredd fezzo

    Whack his pee-pee!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Chong

      Hey, that's my line!

      May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sparknut

    NK is testing their jamming capability since they know that modern military movements are very dependent on GPS.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Good test for our LASER technology to follow the beam back to the source, outside of sovergn soil.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fiona

    It takes a lot to scare me these days, especially with ailine travel. This really, really scares me.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really NK?!?

      It scares you because you have the most sense on this page. I don't understand how NK can do signal jamming, missle launches, and other "war-like" activities and there's no real sense of outrage by the world to their actions. Seems like everyone's saying "Oh, that's just NK trying to figure out ways to kill people again, no harm no foul"

      May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    But... but... Sarah Palin said that the North Koreans are our allies !

    May 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nickuru

      I would not trust anything that Sarah Palin says. This is a dangerous situation, since it means that the North Korean equivalent of the military industrial complex, has taken control of the country. In a dictatorship, which cannot even feed its popilation, this is alarming. There is no alternative to following the dictatorship. I just hope we do not have a repeat of the Korean War.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GG

      and Biden said Obama's got a big stick. Maybe it's time he whipped it out on NK..

      May 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Soulmann

    Looks like World Terrorism to me... since there will be people of all Nations on board those planes.... time to shut down North Korea.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ron

    Perhaps someone has something to "jam" NK with! Any suggestions readers? I have a few...

    May 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. todd007

    We've finally learned where the Skipper and Gilligans bicycle powered generator went 40 years ago!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rep

    Its Bush's fault!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ART

    Stupid North Koreans are all gonna starve to death and I'll be dancing a jig.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jedd

    They say they'll use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style." That pretty much describes everything they do.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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