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Feb 8, 2016

You’re not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that’s OK — you’re not safe anywhere

Should we worry about airport security in the wake of the Somalia plane bombing?

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

The photo of the jagged passenger-sized hole blown in the side of a jet shortly after it took off from Mogadishu in Somalia last Tuesday is the stuff of air traveller nightmares.

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5 thoughts on “You’re not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that’s OK — you’re not safe anywhere

  1. Norman Hanscombe

    Excellent reasons for increasing the ability of our Security Forces to fight fundamentalist terrorism which, not unexpectedly, Crikey Land once again cannot bring itself to accept.

  2. zut alors

    The checks sound akin to the airlines’ version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

    No wonder I’m regularly subjected to the explosives test ie: after an initial cursory glance security personnel zero in, confident l won’t delay their processing.

  3. Marion Wilson

    The chance of there being two bombs on the one plane is very remote – so carrying your own bomb should make you safe.

  4. AR

    The black uniformed screeners are not sworn officers of the Commonwealth but sub-sub contracted, minimum wage employees of a private security firm with no more powers that the local pub bouncer.
    Apart from a drunken, deranged IRA woman in Tel Aviv in the 80s, no “terrorist” has ever been stopped in any airport, anywhere on this particular planet in the last 40yrs.
    It is theatre, worse than useless because it detracts from real, tragetted, relevant & timely intelligence behind the scenes.
    Someone intent on dying is not going to try to carry a 100gms of explosive through the check-in when they can put 20 kilos in their hold baggage, which is not checked on outward flights.
    Set off by mercury switch or mobile phone once airborne.
    Simples.

  5. Norman Hanscombe

    This sort of faux logic is endemic on Crikey sites, Marion, so it’s a pleasant change to see someone mocking it. I don’t believe AR noticed the irony, but that’s par for the course among Crikey Devotees; and since the Crikey Commissariat Censor also missed it, we shouldn’t be critical of AR, should we.

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