Posted by: athomas
Posted by: athomas
Something you need to avoid doing in an airport...

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Posted by: athomas
An all-too-common occurrence, where a deranged passenger tries to walk off at 35,000 feet...

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These kinds of actions by criminals expose the weaknesses of the security system to others looking to cause it harm.

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Some contextual points regarding the now-admitted sabotage of Malaysian Airways Flight 370:

- China has experienced the second major terror attack against its citizens and transportation networks in as many weeks.

- Separatists in western China and their regional affiliates are most likely the perpetrators of both attacks.

- There will be no claim of responsibility.

- Al-qaeda never claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

- Transportation assets have always been the preferred targets of terrorist groups.

- Attacking transportation ensures large body counts and widespread global media coverage: validating the attackers credibility amongst current and potential supporters and guaranteeing a governmental response.

- The Chinese government, albeit an insular one, will now be forced to respond publicly.

- As I wrote well before 9/11, "Terrorism, if properly conducted by terrorists, generates disproportionate feels of anger, fear, and anxiety, in the population that is attacked. The bigger the attack, the more pressure on the government to do something, whether tangibly or symbolically."

- This attack is now the latest in an 80-year old story of disparate groups leveraging global air transport as the way to gain legitimacy for their cause.

- "Terrorism is the atomic bomb of the poor and disenfranchised." - Pablo Escobar
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Concerns have been raised about the fact that stolen passports were used by two passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

Here is a link to a CNN story from 2011 that describes an Al-Qaeda link to stolen passports and Thailand. It is a bit worrisome.

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New concerns about an old threat. Shoe bombs are back.

A reminder that despite all of the effort to protect the aviation system, terrorists still get turned on by airliners more than anything else.

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The specter of liquid-fueled IEDs has come back to the forefront within the aviation security realm.

It surrounds the Olympics.

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