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Terrorism In The '80s

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:53 pm

Since Sept 11 the security standards at airports have risen dramatically. All baggage is now screened, no sharp objects allowed on board etc. I question why security standards didn't increase way before they did, like back in the 1980s? The 80's were a very bad decade in terms of terrorist related accidents, examples being
*Air India 747 blown up in 1985
*PanAm 747 blown up in 1988
*UTA DC-10 blown up in 1989
*TWA 727 on board explosion
*KAL 747 shootdown
*PSA BA-146 hijacking and crash
*TWA 727 hijacking in 1986
*Air Afrique DC-10 hijacking

to name but a few

The question is did security standards improve at all after these accidents because a lot of the accidents were very similar, namely the PanAm,UTA and Air India bombing where explosive devices were planted on board at foreign airports.
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RE: Terrorism In The '80s

Fri Oct 31, 2003 2:20 am

It took the loss of 3000+ people in one major catastrophe to wake people up. That's why.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
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RE: Terrorism In The '80s

Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:22 am


...well one thing definetly changed after the Pan Am 103 bombing!
Luggage was no longer allowed to be carried without the passenger whom it belongs to travelling on the same flight!!!

It´s been indeed a step forward into the right direction!!!

But if that regulation had been implemented long before, let´s say around the time in the early 70´s, when it became obvious that civil aviation more and more became a terrorist target, I believe that many lives could have been saved!!! (Air India!!! UTA!!! Pan Am!!!)

Well my deepest, deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has ever lost family, friends, co-workers or simply someone near and dear to his heart in any kind of terrorist attacks!!!
Let us all work and stay together, and don´t ever let something like it happen again!!!

Best regards,

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RE: Terrorism In The '80s

Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:28 am

I believe there were luggage x-rays before Pan Am, it's just on that particular flight they didn't catch it.
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RE: Terrorism In The '80s

Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:32 am

Security STANDARDS have not changed appreciably as a result of 9/11. It is merely the APPLICATION of these standards, especially in the US, that have become far more thorough.

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