Invasion of airspace by foreign aircraft

Other Names:
Aerial surveillance by foreign powers
Over-flying by foreign aircraft
Independent international air surveillance

The air space above countries is theoretically controlled by that country, but not in all instances or above certain heights.


In hopes of forging trust between superpower nations, US President Dwight Eisenhower promoted the notion of "open skies" for foreign aircraft in 1955. Cold War suspicions nullified Eisenhower's attempts until 1989, when US President George Bush attempted an open skies revival.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
20.09.2019 – 17:51 CEST