Operations Disrupted: Mexico Airport Internet Cables Cut

March 26, 2023


Passengers missed connections because thieves cut the fiber optic cables leading into the Mexico City airport, forcing immigration authorities to return to using slow paper forms. Authorities said the thieves who mistakenly thought the fiber optic cables were sale-able copper. They stressed it happened outside airport property but, in fact, it was a cable conduit that leads directly into the airport from less than a mile away.

Rogelio Rodriguez Garduño, an aviation expert who teaches aeronautical law at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said the events reflect a decades long decay in Mexico’s aviation regulation. Mexico, unlike most countries, doesn’t have an independent aviation agency.

Incident Date

November 25, 2022



Estimated Cost

Immigration resorted to paper forms, passengers missed connections

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified