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How Are In-flight Threats Handled?  
User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 456 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2703 times:

A bomb threat was called in for a flight en route to Melbourne that was later determined to be a hoax.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/20/2661325.htm

While each airline may have its own policies for in flight threats, is there a procedure to handle them that are issued by regulatory authorities?
Are crew trained on what to look for?


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User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1458 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks ago) and read 2647 times:

Yes, we are trained (I'm sure training varies from airline to airline) as to how to handle in-flight searches and what to do with items found onboard. If we have to we can construct a LRBL (Least RIsk Bomb Location) where we'll secure the suspect device in the event it were to detonate.

We also have special procedures in place for what to do after landing and special evacuation procedures.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2629 times:



Quoting Olympic472 (Thread starter):
While each airline may have its own policies for in flight threats, is there a procedure to handle them that are issued by regulatory authorities?

Just like any of an airline's other in-flight policies, they are allowed to develop their own, within a certain set of guidelines put out by the regulating bodies. I would not expect the security policies and procedures of one airline to be exactly the same as those of another airline, though there may be similarities.

-Mir



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User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Both feedback are appreciated. Thank you.


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User currently offlineFlyby519 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Careful about discussing specific procedures in regards to threats/terrorism.


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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2540 times:



Quoting Flyby519 (Reply 4):

Exactly, I would urge you not to discuss your employers security arrangements in a public domain.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13095 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

It may be difficult to discuss in a public forum such as this any specific governmental rules or airline's procedure as to how in-flight threats are handled for obious reasons. Still, you have post-9/11/01, inceased levels of security policies that have been pubicaly discussed to reduce the risks from or the occurance of threats.
For example, cover by f/a's when cockpit crew needs to leave or enter during flight between cockpit and the cabin like if a change of crew or a cockpit crew member has to go to the toilet. You have stronger specifications of cockpit doors, signal systems between the cabin and cockpit crews if there is a problem, less allowed movement around the cabin of pax, or of them hanging around the toilets, stronger and sooner actions on poorly or strange acting pax, especially drunks. Other pax themselves are more alert although that can go bad as we have seen several times when a number of 'middle eastern appearing men' are on board. Pilots may be trained to use certain movements of the aircraft or call for all pax and crew to sit with belts on due to 'turbulance' if there is any hint of trouble. A pilot can signal on their radio systems to other aircraft or to ATC if a problem using understood codes.
Of course, the best thing to prevent threats is to prevent the potential troublemakers from boarding in the first place by using sound security screening procedures, keeping off drunks/druggies, those with phony id, and unfortuntally, taking off our shoes and banning bottles of liquids from beyone the security checkpoints.


User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

I do not see anything secure divulge here and hopefully none will. I'll admit that the title of the post may have been worded better.

The original question was asked for these reasons:
Are there procedures in place, and NOT what the procedures are.
Because these scenarios are quite complex, are crews adequately trained? Or regulated. (This is not the same, but like pilots are trained to bring arms into the cockpit.)
For my own assurance when flying because this is a difficult scenario to encounter.



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