Posted by: athomas
The latest celebrity assault on a flight attendant- this time out of Ireland - is an outrage.

Check out here to read the full story.

Dishearteningly, celebrities and air rage incidents like these are an all-too-common occurrence.

Here is a link to an earlier story that tells the sorry history of some jerks behaving badly.
Posted by: athomas
Previously ignored documents have been uncovered that detail how the 9/11 hijackers were casing Boston's Logan International Airport months before they flew AA 11 and UA 175 into the World Trade Center towers.

Paul Sperry has the full story here.
Posted by: athomas
It almost goes without saying that air travel involves dealing with the flying public - and all of their baggage.

Passenger shaming helps to illustrate this point.

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Posted by: athomas
Probably the first of many to come...

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Posted by: athomas
In 2010, a prescient article in the Journal of Transportation Security exposed the inherent flaws in the airport scanners that were deployed after the 2009 underwear bomber attack.

Steven Colbert did a wonderful piece of satire on the findings.

Click here to see it.
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A new report from four researchers further made the case that scanners deployed at airports around the world after the failed 2009 underwear bomber attack didn't work.

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Check out my thoughts on the subject during a Fox News Channel interview.


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A passenger on a Panama-bound flight made threats that forced a diversion and lead to a SWAT Team intervention.

Check out the really cool video here.
Posted by: athomas
The good thing about terrorists - if there can said to be one- is that while they are highly motivated, they are not very bright.

This seems to be the case of the 2009 Christmas Day underwear bomber, whose plot to set-off off an explosive sewn inside his pants, failed in part due to the fact he had worn the same clothes for two weeks...

Such thinking was also evidenced by the shoe bomber in 2001, who took a stroll in the rain the night before his failed attack...

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Another warning about IEDs targeting airliners. Another announcement that aviation security will work to address the threat.

We are now hearing that the rise of ISIS has many officials believing that terrorists will once again target commercial flights.

This is a bit confusing, as terrorists never halted trying to destroy airliners. This has been an ongoing battle, dating back to the dawn of commercial air travel.

In 1933, a United Airlines flight bound for Chicago left Cleveland at 6:57pm with four passengers and three crewmembers. A little after 9:00pm, the Boeing 267 exploded over Chesterton, Indiana, killing everyone on board.

Given the nature of the crash, the size of the debris field, and eyewitness statements, conclusions for the reason of the explosion immediately focused on a bomb.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, who investigated the crash, determined the aircraft was destroyed by an explosive device; possibly a container of nitroglycerin attached to a timing device. No one was ever charged.

In the current day, where the specter of international terrorism and criminality continues to play a key role in shaping the geopolitical and economic climate, we would be wise to remember that attacks against civil aviation are as old as commercial air travel itself.