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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.

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The Pakistani Taliban's attacks on the Karachi International Airport remind us that terrorists continue to view aviation as the primary target worldwide.
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British carrier MONARCH is introducing new seats into its cabins that don't recline, eliminating a major cause of air rage incidents between passengers.


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I have been writing for years that the airline industry has fully embraced the Wal-Mart model.

Here is a strong article from Fortune that builds on the premise.

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Something you need to avoid doing in an airport...

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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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