MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3613 times:
The guy was/is local and he is coming home here to PHL tonite to stay with family for the holidays. According to FOX news (I just saw the story), he was carrying the blades (razor and hacksaw) for protection. Coming from Brazil, kidnaps are a realistic possibility and he hid the blades for that reason. Did he forget about them? Beats me. I think I would've remembered...
Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
Whee in Brasil did he begin his journey? I would suspect that whichever airport it is it will come under some intense scrutiny. I remember when BA temporarily cancelled flgiths to Caracas after a passenger was able board a flight and land at LGW with a hand grenade.
GLAguy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
Presumably as he is now flying home to PHL the police in Miami are satisfied that it was a genuine mistake, but like I say, a pretty stupid one. Given the state of affairs with security etc you would expect people to think about these things.
Pat on the back for the security people at MIA though for discovering the weapons - it could so easily have been a more sinister situation rather than a stupid mistake.
WorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3322 times:
in reality, just about any object can be used as a weapon w/ enough thought and ingenuity. Even pillows and blankets could be pressed into sinister service. While the most obvious weapons must be eliminated, it is impossible to remove everything that could be a weapon. It is for that reason that the cockpit must be secure and airlines and the gov't need to know as much about who is boarding the plane.
Katekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
Have you ever tried to break one of these glasses on an airplane? They are made of tempered glass and:
1) they are extremely strong - you can drop one from 1.5m on a concrete floor - it won't break
2) if you actually manage to break one, it shatters into very small pieces with blunt edges (like car windows)