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Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave by Jonathan Higgins

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Getting in to the war zone

Having made the decision to try to cover the story, the next problem to be solved is how to get into the conflict zone. Normally, as soon as a country is approaching a war footing, scheduled airline flights are cancelled and civilian airports are closed. It may still be possible to get in by chartered aircraft, although chartering fees are likely to be increased due to the high risks of aircraft either being attacked or being impounded on landing. It is also possible that the situation is so volatile that although there seemed no obstacle on landing, and having dropped off the newsgathering team, by the time the aircraft is ready to take-off, it is not possible.

In recent conflicts, newsgatherers have on occasion been ...

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