Plane Finder AR App Heightens Security Fears

Security experts have lashed out against an airline tracking app, claiming that it could be used by terrorists to shoot down planes using surface-to-air missiles.

The Plane Finder AR application for the iPhone and Android OS platform is designed to allow users to see the height, position and speed of an aircraft by pointing their smartphones to the sky.

The app also tells them the destination of the aircraft along with departure point and the course it would take.

Experts have claimed that the app, which has been developed by UK firm Pinkfroot, could be used by terrorists to shoot down planes or cause mid-air collisions, the Daily Mail reports.

UK Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said in a statement: “Anything that makes it easier for our enemies to find targets is madness. The Government must look at outlawing the marketing of such equipment.”

Pinkfroot has said that it had designed the app to give delayed information that might foil a terrorist attack, if it was to happen.