Posted by: athomas

The realities of the 9/11 attacks are still hard for many to grasp. That our own airliners would be used as delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction against our national symbols continues to stretch the imagination.

Remembering the innocents who were murdered and injured, and the heroic actions of the selfless first responders in both DC and NYC- hundreds of whom also lost their lives- is our responsibility not just today, but every day.

For their memory, and for posterity, we should also remember that the attackers chose commercial aviation as the arena precisely because the poor security system ensured them a high-degree of success.

Had many within our own government heeded the very clear warnings that were emerging years before September 11, 2001, about Al-Qaeda's desire to hijack aircraft and fly them into the ground, it may have been a very different day.

Instead, in the face of calls to improve aviation security from so many corners before 9/11, our civil servants and elected leaders chose to do nothing.

9/11 was a failure not of imagination - as the national commission investigating the attacks wrongly concluded. In fact, it was a governmental failure of massive proportions.

If we are to truly honor those who lost their lives on that day, we as a nation need to learn the entire history of the events on 9/11 and teach it to our children; even as difficult as that might be.
Posted by: athomas
The UK is better than any other nation when it comes to tracking both the number and cause of air rage incidents.

A new report reveals that episodes related to drunkenness are up 50% compared to last year.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Alcohol consumption is widely associated with air travel- and has been since the beginning.


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Posted by: athomas
Here is a strong analysis about what we can take away from the most recent ISIS plot to place an IED on a commercial flight.

The threat remains...

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The d(evolution) of cattle class has been accompanied with an ever-shrinking seat for many passengers.

A Federal Judge this week ordered the FAA to review airline policies around seat-size.

Could be a welcome relief for travelers!

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In nearly 20 years of looking at the air rage phenomenon, this is a new one for me:

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A Delta flight was the scene of an ugly incident when a passenger tried to enter the cockpit and was beaten back by other passengers, some who used wine bottles as weapons...

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An elderly traveler allegedly punched a TSA screener after her hand sanitizer was taken away.

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We've come full circle.

Prior to 9/11, when air rage dominated news coverage about air travel, cockpit intrusions were terribly frequent.

In my book on the subject, published in September 2001, 36 cockpit intrusions were detailed in the 24 months leading up to 9/11.

They went away for a long while and now appear to be coming back.

Click here for more on the most recent case.
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Commercial aviation has been, and will always remain, the premiere target for terrorists.

The U.S. decision to consider banning laptops from all flights now departing Europe is a reflection of the continuous cat-and-mouse game that is aviation security.

As context, the first bombing of a commercial airliner occurred in 1933, when an IED brought down a United Airlines flight over Chesterton, Indiana, killing everyone on-board.

The next successful attack against commercial aviation is inevitable. It is only the "when" that is missing...
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The "spirit" of budget air travel.

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