OPNLguy
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Man-portable Missles And Airlines

Mon Mar 31, 2003 11:52 pm

In case anyone missed CBS's "60 Minutes" yesterday (March 30, 2003), here's a link to the story...

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/03/30/60minutes/main546804.shtml

Perhaps this explains (at least partially) the fervor of some airport operating authorities and airport police units in patrolling the airport's perimeter (the only thing they can "control" juristiction-wise), even though the threat envelope created by the missles extends much further out. Since these missiles could easily and quickly be pulled out of a car trunk and fired, one can see why the airport folks are leaning towards making the airport perimeter an exclusion zone, and just trying to keep -everyone- (including spotters) away. Even though the threat area is huge, the airport folks don't (understandably) want it happening from the area that they're responsible for.

The US Congresscritter quoted has a good point as far as the estimated $10 billion cost to outfit the domestic fleet with countermeasures, i.e. that a successful missile attack (absent countermeasures) could quickly create $10 billion in losses (and more) via an economic shutdown.



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jhooper
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RE: Man-portable Missles And Airlines

Tue Apr 01, 2003 3:52 am

Here's another article that describes security measurer to be taken around the perimeters of airports:


http://www.cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/03/31/airports.missile.security/index.html
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