The most powerful terror threat?

What happens when every plane for 3 days has Tweets or Emails or Telephone calls alerting the airlines to the ‘fact’ that the Tweeter or Emailer or Caller has put a bomb on that plane? ..when every airline in America or across the globe has to either divert a plane in the air or delay a plane which hasn’t yet taken off to check for threats?

Do terrorists need anything more effective to create total havoc in the world?


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24 Responses to The most powerful terror threat?

  1. Must be costing big bucks to deal with this. Economic jihad.


  2. geeez2014 says:

    It costs us horribly and costs them the price of a cell phone call.


  3. Angel says:

    every country who imported them is to blame my friend!! xoxoxox


  4. Baysider says:

    Truly vicious. Asymmetrical warfare at its cheapest.


  5. John M. Berger says:

    Just think, that’s only [one] thing that this barbaric vermin can do to disrupt civilization. I can think of many more ways and if I can THEY CAN!


  6. bunkerville says:

    There is a special place for these fellows. I do believe that.


  7. Mustang says:
    No, you are right. This is how terror works, but there is no need to worry: airlines will just increase fares and assessments. This is the cost of doing business via the airways.

    Let me add this. If you have flown lately, you cannot help but notice how demeaning it is to have someone with a high school diploma examining your body parts —and especially when a number of these people are themselves thieves, drug traffickers, and terrorists. We should wonder why anyone is flying. The amazing part of this is that companies are spending serious money on airline fares, running their employees ragged through all of the second and third tier airports in the country, when all they really need is a good computer with a Skype connection. On Skype, you can have your meeting with clients at no cost whatsoever.


  8. Kid says:

    Years ago I had read that the FAA was equipped to handle many more flights, and as such, many more executive sized jets would be coming on line at reasonable fares and would depart closer to people’s homes and land closer to people’s destinations. That’s in country travel. That sounded pretty cool, but apparently went the way of flying cars and higher speed limits when our cars would become equipped with such futuristic things like anti-lock disc brakes, high speed radial tires, racing suspensions, etc.

    Anyway, there is no non-violent or half-measure solution to terrorists.


  9. All the above is exactly why I drive everywhere now. Its simply not worth it. Like, next time I go to Hawaii, I’ma gonna drive!! 🙂


  10. John M. Berger says:

    Flying, which was once a dignified travel experience, today seems tantamount to an expensive 3rd world buss ride ! I’m with you Mal and drive when it’s at all possible, happily this has been, for the past 10 years.


  11. Mustang says:

    So Mal, are you saying the Bridge to Nowhere actually does go somewhere?


  12. Bus ride is right. No different, except buses don’t have TSA.


  13. geeez2014 says:

    I don’t care if I NEVER fly again, though I LOVED it for years…flew so much with Mr. Z you wouldn’t believe it. I’d hated it before, but it grew on me. As I’ve said before, I was TOTALLY spoiled by how much HE FLEW because I flew tourist once in the 25 years we were together. So, it was nice to fly. Until 9/11, when it’s become hideous, in my opinion. And, I don’t have miles left and I’m tall (can’t sit like a wooden Indian, as Mr. Z used to say, in a tight seat with people on both sides) and get a little claustrophobic, so not traveling is FINE WITH ME!

    Mustang, SKYPE is about all ANYBODY needs anymore, isn’t it.

    Am I correct in saying I THOUGHT I heard someone on FOX today say that there are something like 600,000 flights in only a FEW DAYS? Could that be right? I thought I heard that and thought “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”

    Kid, those huge planes are dreadful…SO big that the lines are hideous going in and out, particularly through customs, right? OY!!

    bunkerville, sadly, those people think the SPECIAL PLACE is with muslim virgins…..I think you’re right… there’s a special place, alright, and it’s NOT with nubile virgins!

    It just gets me that they could have 30 people calling all the airlines NOW telling them there are bombs on board and ALL PLANES need to STOP, be checked, land at unplanned airports, etc. We’re lucky that hasn’t happened so far, or has only happened with a couple of planes…



  14. Baysider says:

    “except buses don’t have TSA” – YET!

    We chose to not attend a family affair this fall, and the prospect of the plane travel experience was the tipping point to our ‘no.’


  15. Kid says:

    Z, here is one of several live displays of current flights. You can zoom in and out and turn the big white patches into lots of individual planes.


  16. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, that they don’t hit each other in the air is BEYOND my understanding!!

    Baysider, I so don’t blame you!

    Ed…more travails than travel, that’s for sure!


  17. Impertinent says:

    @Z….this one is even better…Believe it or not Z…there’s plenty of room between them all. !000 Feet ( it used to be 2000 feet up until 6 years or so’s now called RVSM..Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums to make more room for a huge increase in air traffic that can accommodate more flights)…vertically and 5 miles horizontally as well as 5 miles following between flights. And there’s the hemispherical rule too. West bound flights at even altitudes…and eastbound at odd flight levels.
    It’s one hell of a system to keep operating flawlessly though. There’s about 12 ATC centers across the country that hand off one sector to another. Actually…most of the “near misses” occur on the ground while planes taxi from one place to another…Go figure.,-76.41/6


  18. Impertinent says:

    @Ed…loved that. Thanks


  19. Impertinent says:

    @Mustang…” On Skype, you can have your meeting with clients at no cost whatsoever.”

    You should use it more often Sir.


  20. Impertinent says:

    @Z….”I THOUGHT I heard someone on FOX today say that there are something like 600,000 flights in only a FEW DAYS? ”

    First I’ve ever heard. Seriously…there’s approximately 3000 to 5000 planes aloft in any given 24 hour period. Including GA. Last I heard there were only about 2000 to 3000 flag carrier aircraft owned by the majors anyway. There’s far more…far more GA then commercial jets in service than the airlines have.


  21. Impertinent says:

    @Z…”Kid, those huge planes are dreadful…SO big that the lines are hideous going in and out, particularly through customs, right? OY!!”

    Flipping amazing aren’t they? A 1,000,000 pound + aircraft getting airborne would have given Wilbur and Orville a…well…you know!! LOL


  22. fredd says:

    Mustang is right. A whole lot of companies (too many) insist that face to face is the ONLY way to get things done. That way, you can reinforce relationships, etc. Bunk. Skype, Go To, they all work just as well, just ask Manti Teo.

    I just wish I could do Skype for Thanksgiving this year, and not have to deal with the mother in law in person. She’s such a ….piece of work.


  23. Webex. I don’t drive to our sister plants. Also, Gotomeeting.
    Even teamviewer.


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