The Yusuf Islam situation was handled very
He was on a watchlist for reported associations, and financial support to Muslim charities with terrorist connections. We [the US] also recieved
intel. from a source outside
of the US that linked Islams name to terrorist activity.
He was allowed to board the plane because his name had been added to the watch list only recently, and had been misspelled.
It was the "Advanced Passenger Information System" that flagged Islam's name, and then prompted customs agents to alert the Transportation Security
Administration, which then ordered the plane diverted to Bangor, Maine, and away from the northeast corridor of New York and Washington.
After Questioning from US officials, he was denied entry to the US.
More recently, our intelligence community has come into the possession of additional information that further heightens the concerns towards Yusuf
The Virgin Atlantic false terror alarm, was handled very well...
According to a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman “The transponder sent out a false alert”...
The captain of the plane, then said while en route to New York that everything was allright, and it was just a false alarm. The cockpit was still
secure. Despite what the pilot said... the plane was still intercepted anyway, and met by RCMP, and Candian Border Service Agency.
Sounds like it was handled well to me. I mean, if a plane is hijacked, and a transponder sounds out an alert... I'd be suspicious no matter what a
pilot said. It'd be easy to put a gun to a pilots head, and tell him to say "everythings ok here... it was all a mistake, everything is fine."
It's good that we followed through... If canada didn't intercept the plane, the US sure as hell would've... but luckily canada is awesome like
The White House Airspace violation was handled very well too.
The plane violated restricted airspace... we evacuated gov't buildings to keep our gov't officials safe. We also met the plane with a black hawk
helicopter, and two f-16s. The plane was forced down, and the pilot, and passenger were both questioned by the FBI, and Secret Service. It was
believed to be all accidental, and the pilots were sent on their way. (allthough I think I heard that the FAA was going to fine them, and/or revoke
the pilot's license.)
If the plane actually posed a risk, it would've been met by f-16s... from there it most likely would've been shot down. Thats what the 3 mile zone
is for... It's a buffer that will give us time to react, and respond to the situation at hand.
The body parts falling out of the sky is new to me...
It's believed it fell out of the wheel well... and it's believed to be part of the remains were that of a male stow away. How does this pose a
threat to US security though?
Lets suppose a stow away in a wheel well could survive the flight, as well as the landing of the craft he is in... what would he do once the plane
stops? Airports are swamped with cameras, maintenance, baggage, and security personnel. Surely someone would notice some south african stranger
wandering around on the tarmac.
I will agree with you however when you say our ports, and physical borders are not secure... but thats not what this thread is about. It's about the
safety of the US airways... and in answer to that question, I feel pretty safe saying, their pretty safe.
How could a body / stowaway been able to get past "security" at the aitport.?
The plane originated from Johannesburg, and made a stop in Senegal... so the body in question probly came aboard from there...
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