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Why Are Terrorists Obsessed With Planes?  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

Yes I know it sounds like a stupid question! I know it causes maximum disruption and loss of life but then again so would lots of other stuff. They could target trains, ships or major events which would cause just as much destruction! So are they just obsessed with planes?

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User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
They could target trains, ships

I believe they have, several times.  Sad



what seems to be the officer, problem?
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

I did ask this question in chat a few days ago actually, no one really could understand this either.

Why are they targetting an industry that is cracking down on the security measures, and industry that they've already tried to hurt for good with out succeeding. I'm sure it would be a whole lot easier of them to conduct suicide attacks on a ship, on shopping malls, on sporting arenas and other areas in the public.

Touch wood none of the above does actually happen, and touch wood that the extreme enforcment of extra security measures pays for itself in the long run and the world doesn't have to witness another event like 9/11.

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
They could target trains

Can't you remember Madrid Atocha's Train Station attack ?


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/...4/madrid_train_attacks/default.stm


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3642 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
They could target trains, ships or major events which would cause just as much destruction!

True. Another way is to put a bomb inside of a suitcase and detonate it while standing in line to check bagage in. That would just be horrible. Sad Lets just hope that never happens.



Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3592 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Yeah I was wondering as well. It is much simpler to attack in a public space and avoid all the security associated with air travel. Even after the Madrid attacks, I still cannot see the added security in public spaces or underground train systems that would stop terrorists from blowing themselves up.

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 5):

Can't you remember Madrid Atocha's Train Station attack ?

And what about the London's terrorist attackts ?


"I and other people on my train have looked after each other in the dark, and we have pretty much been in the dark ever since
Survivor Rachel North"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/5046346.stm


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2234 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 8):
And what about the London's terrorist attackts ?

I appreciate that. And although that and the Madrid bombings were terrible events you still don't hear that there were 30/40 terrorist attempts on trains whereas we are being told there have been 30/40 attempts on aircraft! You would think that with the levels of security at airports that the terrorists would just give up and try somewhere else where security is less. It just seems like they are obsessed with planes!  Confused


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2196 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 7):
It just seems like they are obsessed with planes

Maximum devastation and news coverage... BECAUSE the security is so tight. they're making a mockery of it...

They can also kill hundreds in just a single hit... you cant do that with a train unless its a packed train and you explode multiple packages...



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6273 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2170 times:

It's more internationally damaging and flying is such a delicate subject to many people, although it's a great success many people still feel odd about flying they may not necessarily have a fear of flying but always have that "what if" scenario in their heads. If a plane crash happens it's all over the news and the press always say "is flying safe now?" even though we all know it is safe it still spreads fear and terrorists just exploit that.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2163 times:

Air travel represents the freedom and ability to travel around the world, and airplanes represent that freedom.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2157 times:

Two reasons. First is that it's much easier to hit a country via an asset that flies around the world at 600MPH. It comes to you, you don't have to go to it. Second, there is nothing more terrifying to some people than the thought of falling from the sky in a flaming freefall from 35,000 feet.

Convenience and maximum pop for the punch. That's all ya need.



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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

I think its the fact that it makes them feel invincable, the fact that they can get past the security and onto the plane. (right up untill it blows then there no longer invincable)
it makes them feel smart.

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2719 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2013 times:

Maybe they bellieve in Nostradamus!
"from the sky will come a great king of terror"
Alex!!!



Tengo una pasion para la aviacion !لدي شغف للطيران !I have a passion for aviation !
User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
They could target trains



Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 3):
Can't you remember Madrid Atocha's Train Station attack ?

London, NY in 1.993, India, Tokyo ... and some other I don´t remember.



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

They're not obsessed with planes. Since 9/11 is the public that has been obsessed with planes. Look at the Madrid and London train bombings. Yet go to any train station and it's back to business as usual. But when they find out about a potential plot against airplanes everybody shits their pants and even more ridiculous "security" measures are introduced.

Kris



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

Terrorists have always been obsessed with planes.

The PLO, North Korean groups, the Sikh separatists, etc., have all blown up airliners.

And it's easy to see why.

1. For many people the terrorists are primarily trying to impress, airplanes are symbols of power and wealth. Knocking off an jetliner shows the power these people have over a symbol of power.

2. A big bang for your buck. A tiny amount of semtex can bring down a 747 at 30,000 feet (the PanAm and Air India 747s). That's 350 people for something no larger than a small soap bar.

3. As Aerowesty put it, there is this horrible fear factor. What could be worse than having a fuel laden metal tube flying at 600 mph explode throwing your mangled, burned body to the ground at terminal velocity? There is an absolute horror in that image that is hard to capture because there have never been any survivors to describe it.

Think about it. If a bomb went off in a train or a ship, you still think that you could be spared the immediate horror, and could possible escape. A bomb ripping through the fuselage of an airplane means certain death for all on board.


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

It plays on fears that people have of flying and dying in a plane crash. There are SO many people out there that have fears of flying and what more of a twisted way to die than hurling yourself at 600MPH through flames and explosions at 35,000 ft.

UAL


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Passenger aircraft have been used by or have been targets of various terrorist groups for terror acts for almost 40 years. That it can take as little as 1 person and there are many ways to get control of or place a bomb on an typical passenger aircraft makes it easy to such acts and get attention for their twisted causes. Aircraft are very vulnerable to attacks so it doesn't take much to do a terror act on one, unlike trying to go to war with an army of a country. The idea of getting worldwide TV and other media attention for their often twisted 'cause' with aircraft attacks and the relative ease to use aircraft in terror acts are probably the best explanations as to why the 'obsession' to do terror acts involving passenger airliners.

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