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Do Cargo Jets Face The Same Increased Security?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Do cargo jets(FedEx, UPS, others)
face the same increased security?

It seems like all the attention has been
directed at commercial passenger planes.
If I'm not mistaken, a cargo plane usually
carries much more fuel because of the
heavy loads....

Has there ever been hijacking of a
cargo plane?

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User currently offlineZiggy From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I can't remember any instances of cargo being hijacked. But after this incident, I thought about cargo flights. Ofcouse more fuel, and no PAX to control. Although I guess the shock factor is not their since it's only mail. But then again a bldg has alot of people in it. I just hope that they are also taking appropriate action to prevent this from happening to their flights.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I know there was an incident where an off-duty pilot on one of the cargo carriers (I believe it was FedEx) attempted to hijack a cargo jet and crash it into some major building. My recollection is sketchy, I'm sure others will fill in the details.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Security is beefed up across the board.

The most famous attempted hijacking of a cargo aircraft, I think, is the attempt by a FedEx F/O who was flying as a non rev on a flight from MEM-SJC. He brought a claw hammer on board and bashed all three of the flight crew in the head. He almost succeeded. The crew would not submit though. They landed the plane, a DC-10, back in MEM. Sadly this idiot blamed racism, not his inferior skills and bad attitude, on his troubles. He is now serving a life term in prison.

There is a book on this, I just can't find it to give the title just now.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

The book is called Hijacked, I believe. The flight was FedEx 705, a FedEx DC-10, and I believe it said that the hijacker's intentions were to slam the plane into the FedEx hub at Memphis. So there definitely should be increased security for cargo flights....

User currently offlineFXRA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 736 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

To answer the question originally posed, yes. There are new security measures in place for cargo carriers. These are handed down from the FAA and not just our company policies, so iu must assume they are industry wide.

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User currently offlineUkair From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Good question.

User currently offlineDe727ups From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (14 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 1491 times:

Auburn Calloway was the Fedex pilot/ jumpseater who tried to take over a DC-10 and crash it into the Memphis sort facility. He had been or was about to be fired by Fedex for lying on his pilot application...I believe. We should never forget this assholes name......

I was flying in Europe and noticed much higher security on the cargo side, in Germany, after Sept 11th. This included military armored cars mounted with machine guns running around the ramp, armed police checking fight crews, both at checkpoints and randomly, and physical searches of our bags.....they took away one guys toe nail clippers.

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