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TA-THREATS: Terror Alert Covers New York Tour Helicopters

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:14 AM
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The recent terror alert has apparently included a specific threat targeted at helochopter tour operators. They also indicated that they were possbly mention as part of the threat to the Wall Street area
 



www.av iationnow.com
Tour Helos on Guard

Tour helicopters in New York are now flying under heightened security after credible and specific threats to them in the run-up to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Yolanda Clark says "there is some linkage" between the focus on the threats to the helicopters and those to the city's financial district revealed recently. In addition, she notes that events leading up to the November presidential elections--such as the upcoming political convention--provide "inviting targets" for terrorists.

The TSA issued a security directive for New York tour helicopter operators on Aug. 9 and then assigned TSA uniformed screeners or other TSA-approved screeners to check all passengers and their personal belongings before they board a helicopter. In addition, Clark said the helicopter companies are being required to submit data on their employees, including the pilots, to the TSA for background checks.




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Lighting may indeed strike twice. Having used a chartered Lear for medical transports, I can tell you that the security at civil aviation fields is pretty thin. While you may not have the destructive power of a wide body, these planes and choppers would make ideal chemical and bio despersal vehicles. They are commonly seen over the city, clearly marked and may not cause alarm.

[edit on 8-18-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:26 AM
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A reasonable course of action is to make New York a no fly zone, which has the potential of turning tourists away. But then what would limit the terrorists to targeting other cities with higher population densities? Definitely beef up the security for these helicopter flights, but that would make them more expensive.

Therefore they should just carry on with their lives and treat the WTC bombings as a criminal activity rather than linking it to disgruntled terrorists.



posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:29 AM
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The trips are already pretty pricey as it is. I don't they will go after NY again. I see somewere else. Like Omaha, or Des Moines. Someplace were we would not expect it. That the whole point of terror.



posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:38 AM
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Originally posted by FredT
The trips are already pretty pricey as it is. I don't they will go after NY again. I see somewere else. Like Omaha, or Des Moines. Someplace were we would not expect it. That the whole point of terror.


Definitely, or better yet some disgruntled american will take action. Then Al-Qaeda will claim responsibility, they will then immediately came once again into the spotlight and used it as a politiical statement. Like in Spain with the train bombings. What beef would Al-Qaeda have with Spain? There are a lot of countries participating in this war in Iraq and Afghanistan.



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 02:06 AM
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Originally posted by websurfer
Definitely, or better yet some disgruntled american will take action. Then Al-Qaeda will claim responsibility, they will then immediately came once again into the spotlight and used it as a politiical statement. Like in Spain with the train bombings. What beef would Al-Qaeda have with Spain? There are a lot of countries participating in this war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Like us, Spain had an election comming up. It seems that they altered the balance of power by its horrific event. THey viewed Spain as vulnerable and struck. Wonder if the the feel the same about us?



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