Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
Since Sept 11 the security standards at airports have risen dramatically. All baggage is now screened, no sharp objects allowed on board etc. I question why security standards didn't increase way before they did, like back in the 1980s? The 80's were a very bad decade in terms of terrorist related accidents, examples being
*Air India 747 blown up in 1985
*PanAm 747 blown up in 1988
*UTA DC-10 blown up in 1989
*TWA 727 on board explosion
*KAL 747 shootdown
*PSA BA-146 hijacking and crash
*TWA 727 hijacking in 1986
*Air Afrique DC-10 hijacking
to name but a few
The question is did security standards improve at all after these accidents because a lot of the accidents were very similar, namely the PanAm,UTA and Air India bombing where explosive devices were planted on board at foreign airports.
L1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
...well one thing definetly changed after the Pan Am 103 bombing!
Luggage was no longer allowed to be carried without the passenger whom it belongs to travelling on the same flight!!!
It´s been indeed a step forward into the right direction!!!
But if that regulation had been implemented long before, let´s say around the time in the early 70´s, when it became obvious that civil aviation more and more became a terrorist target, I believe that many lives could have been saved!!! (Air India!!! UTA!!! Pan Am!!!)
Well my deepest, deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has ever lost family, friends, co-workers or simply someone near and dear to his heart in any kind of terrorist attacks!!!
Let us all work and stay together, and don´t ever let something like it happen again!!!