posted on Jun, 4 2005 @ 09:21 PM
Authorities in Boston simulated an airborne interception of a hijacked commercial jet over Logan International Airport on Saturday. Based on the 2001
attempted smuggling of a shoe bomb onto a Trans-Atlantic flight, the simulation was deemed a success.
BOSTON -- Authorities staged an elaborate anti-terrorism drill Saturday at Logan International Airport, responding to a simulated hijacking
reminiscent of the December 2001 plot to detonate a shoe bomb aboard a trans-Atlantic flight.
Operating on the premise that gun-toting terrorists were trying to hijack a United Airlines plane carrying 169 passengers from Paris to Chicago, two
F-15 Eagle fighter jets intercepted the airliner over the Atlantic Ocean and forced it to land at Logan.
On the ground, FBI and State Police tactical teams stormed the plane, freed the volunteer "hostages" and arrested two "terrorists" after negotiators
failed to yield a peaceful end to the fictional hijacking.
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Seems Boston has been busy this year. Anyone remember the 'dirty-bomb' threat in Boston about several months ago? There was talk of a terrorists
planning on setting off a nuclear bomb; a big story for about a day and then nothing further regarding it. There was speculation here on ATS that the
entire scenario was in actuality a drill devised and executed to gauge the reaction of the metropolitan population.
This drill is different in that it is to put into practice the response to a terrorist held plane, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was meant as a
kind of public relations move to help assuage public fears that have developed from as far back as 9/11. At any rate, I guess good on them for the
public emphasis on public safety.