FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2449 times:
There has been a lot of talk, obviously, about the diverted AA flight and the attempted mid-air bombing. I got to thinking and wouldn't a man with a one-way ticket and no luggage or carry-on of any kind, especially on an international flight trigger something in someone's brain that it wasn't right? Just wondering what you all thought. Travel safe........
B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2427 times:
Well agree, sounds a bit strange especially for a longhaul flight but on the other hand if he only has a one way ticket he might head home to his second house or something like this. Would be a possibility.
But of course it still sounds weird.
LufthansaCrew From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
Back in 1999 I flew from Zurich to the United States with Swissair on vacation (Sorry I forgot the excact destination) with only hand luggage. My parents who departed one week before had taken all the neccessary baggage.
Similar to the subdued man on the CDG-MIA-flight I often wear sneakers or running shoes.
Hey come on, would the check-in staff reject me today bearing in mind I have no check-in-luggage?
What I'm trying to say is, a certain percentage of pax do actually travel only with cabin-baggage. This is nothing peculiar, especially for business men (Here I can side with the prior answers posted).
Travelling without a checked-in baggage cannot be in any way an alert signal or whatever.
However, the check-in staff is - especially in these times - entitled to have a closer, may be more critical look at all passengers.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2371 times:
In these scary times, a one way ticket, no hand luggage, and a brand new passport, are cause for concern. I'm sorry but the fact that this man was able to board flight 63 points to a dramatic and inexcusable failure of both French police and American Airlines' security procedures and begs the need for huge investment in technology, training, and resources to stop terrorists.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
The fact is, it sounds suspicious, but a lot of people do it, and I don't believe it's appropriate to detain someone just because of it. Sure, a few questions might be in order, but to prevent someone from boarding is absurd. The problem is, we can never know what methods the terrorists are planning on using next. I mean, who would have thought of shoes? Or before then, who would have thought of 3 inch knives? What's it going to be next? Pencils? Paper thin pieces of paper? A slice of ham perhaps?
FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2335 times:
B737-700 is exactly right and for you that keep giving examples of times you flown without any checked bags or carry-on's you are missing the point. Flying domestically without anything is understandable, however you cannot sit there and honestly say a one-way, international itinerary with no bags of any kind is not peculiar, as LufthansaCrew puts it. It's very strange, especially now-a-days. As ContinentalEWR says there was a definite breakdown of security. That is obvious since a man with an explosive device was within the proverbial inch of blowing 195+ people into the north Atlantic. Hepkat, if that man had been questioned and was looked into the issue with his passport would have become apparent and there would have been every reason to detain him. The sad thing is we could be sitting here trying to figure why a 767 had mysteriously crashed into the ocean, et al TWA 800. I understand that the system cannont be foolproof, but I have said and I maintain that the system has, is, and unless something is done, will continue to fail us. And in the United States of America it should not be that way. Travel safe......