posted on Jan, 8 2010 @ 05:57 PM
Disclaimer: I made sure to present my threat subject as a question, citing the obvious that my prediction is a question and definitely not a threat.
(Can never be too careful in these terrorist-paranoid days we live in!)
I am an avid cruiser and have been fortunate enough to take multiple cruises a year, visiting almost every island in the southern, western, and
eastern Caribbean. If you have never been on a cruise ship, you have to go on at least one trip so you can fully appreciate the magnitude and size of
these huge ships.
Today's cruise ships have been constructed to be floating neighborhoods, zip codes, and towns. The average cruise ship has about 3,000 passengers
and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas can accommodate over 6,000 passengers.
Sounds like quite a target, eh?
2009 headlines included a great many pirate attacks of big ships, generally cargo. But if some terrorist cell really wanted to have a detrimental
impact...why not target a cruise ship?
Cruise ship security can't defend or thwart an incoming attack. It would be entirely defenseless. And despite post 9-11 security measures, they
can't restrict others on the high seas.
Just a prediction. But I also hope I'm so wrong too!
Immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, cruise lines implemented what they call "Level 3" security measures, as outlined by the
U.S. Coast Guard's "Security for Passenger Vessels and Passenger Terminals" regulations. These measures include:
# Screening of all passenger baggage, carry-on luggage, ship stores and cargo; intensified screening of passenger lists and passenger identification;
close coordination with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and other federal agencies to ensure that any passengers or crew suspected of
being on the INS "Prevent Departure" list are promptly reported to the federal authorities.
# Restricting access to any sensitive vessel areas, such as the bridge and the engine room.
# Implementing onboard security measures to deter unauthorized entry and illegal activity.
# Requiring all commercial vessels to give 96 hours notice before entering U.S. ports. Previously, ships had to give 24 hours' notice.
# Maintaining a 100-yard security zone around cruise ships.