Posted by: athomas
By now, the video of a passenger being brutally attacked and dragged off a United flight for failing to comply with airline personnel has gone global.

That such an incident ever occurred should not be surprising.

It is only the latest in a long line of similar over-reaches and abuses of power, which have included humiliating TSA feel-ups of children, WW II veterans, and special needs folks. And, the spinning of legitimate customer service queries by stressed-out airline workers into “security threats” .

Such events occur so often they are now viewed as commonplace.

In the post-9/11 world, the traveling public has become “infantilized”.

That is, the expectation from the airlines, law enforcement, and security staff is that passengers will remain submissive and compliant at every step throughout the air travel experience.

Anything outside the “conventional view” of appropriate behavior is deemed a threat at the same level of al-Qaeda or ISIL. And, it gets handled accordingly. The bloody images from this incident are evidence.

What we saw earlier this week on the United flight is merely a symptom of a far bigger tumor that has spread throughout the U.S. air travel system.

When there is no accountability, and “security” is used as a justification for any activity- regardless how repugnant that activity might be- things will only get worse.
Posted by: athomas
While the primary focus of terrorism over the past several years has been on ISIL, Al-qaeda continues to target commercial aviation.

Most recent examples include Egypt Air MS804 from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle to Cairo in May 2016; and, the bombing of MetroJet 9268 in November 2016 that was carrying Russian tourists from Sharm El Sheikh.

Al-qaeda’s primary target remains the United States' commercial air transport network.

The idea of using electronic devices as "Trojan horses” to deliver explosives onboard a flight is nothing new.

In fact, the proliferation of personal electronic devices has made it easier than any time in the past to do this.

While security concerns are understandably high, the economic impact of an attack or threat that would lead to a ban on personal electronic devices could devastate the airline industry - and global economy.

A big question: Would- or could- people travel without their mobile phone?
Posted by: athomas
Just in time for the spring and summer travel rush, the TSA is gearing up to scrutinize travelers in a much more invasive way.

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Posted by: athomas
Pilot air rage is not an uncommon occurrence. Getting it in on video is a rare thing.

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Posted by: athomas
Within a few weeks, the third air rage incident involving a hysterical anti-Trumper going off on a "deplorable".

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Posted by: athomas
The ability to record in-flight air rage is really a cool development.

This one is quite good...

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Posted by: athomas
It seems PTSD is still raking many anti-Trump folks.

This time its directed towards Ivanka Trump and her family on a Jet Blue flight.

The perp here needs to get a grip on reality. Get over it, Dude, Trump won fair and square...

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Through the looking the glass, this is a unique case. The vast majority of celebrities involved in air rage incidents are the perps.

On a Korean Air flight, the singer Richard Marx intervened to settle down a fellow passenger who had apparently lost it.

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Posted by: athomas
A post-election dust-up resulted in an intervention by the Captain. Calm down people. It's not that important!

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Posted by: athomas
Forty-one air ragers were removed from a Brussels Airlines flight. This might be one for the Guinness Books...

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