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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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Although not as good as other previous brawls, this is pretty good as one guy got his licks in before being pulled off.

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Two dudes throwing haymakers is the latest in a string of air rage incidents over the past few weeks. This one occurred over the Pacific on an Air Nippon flight.

This one really had passengers and flight crew nervous. Check out the video here.
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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.
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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?
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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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Pilot air rage is not an uncommon occurrence. Getting it in on video is a rare thing.

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