Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5089 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3231 times:
There is no way at all to prevent an attack without arming the plane with a way to deter the missle. You cannot lock down a 5 mile radius around all airports.
Better enjoy your spotting while you can. After the next attack happens it'll be all over. My gut feeling is, someone will attempt such an attack sometime as they have vowed to bring the battle from the desert to our land. But I doubt they will try it from such an obvious area as a spotting area.
Authorities will still try to drive out all spotters even though spotters can be an extra set of eyes - valuable.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
FltMech9 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
I agree spotting days are over in the US. With the media spreading misinformation we'll never win the fight to watch airplanes. Funny thing is now that they have run the spotters and photographers out, it's now made the airport area open to those people who wish to do harm. I don't think too many people are gonna stand by and watch as someone assembles a mobile missile launcher. Now the terriorist have just what they want! What is next blacking out the windows in airports so we can never even see the plane were about to board? As long as the American people keep feeding off this stuff, the media will keep bringing it to them. Sorry to say but the Sunday afternoon of taking your kids to the airport to watch airplanes is over.
Rsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
What is interesting about the video is the last 30 second they pan and zoom in at some of the apartment buildings across from the airport(within a mile) and the gentleman saying all that matters is if you can see the aircraft.
Does this mean that they will need to close those down to eliminate a threat????.
Im going to jot a e-mail off to Amy Clancey of KIRO and ask her to send me her sources for the number of aircraft shot down.
Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3173 times:
I believe the numbers they are quoting are worldwide shoot-downs involving commercials airliners, even in a time of war. During the Afghan/USSR war several Russian planes were brought down with Stinger missiles.
737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3152 times:
shot down 24 airliners in the past 25 years, killing 640 people... hmm maybe the US gov will ban cars next! Is this another mad scheme? If 9/11 had been with trucks full of explosives would they be stopping truck spotting and banning banning trucks fro city centres?