mrniji
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Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:34 am

The Times of India reports that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security apparently has information about possible future hijack attacks on AI / IC operations to DXB. Hence, security has been increased significantly on AI's 30 Flights...:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/759169.cms


How serious is this information??
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soups
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:35 am

istanbut.. now dubai... interesting!
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IndianGuy
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:53 am

BCAS keeps a close watch on the intelligence and regularly puts out notices on threat perceptions. It is based on actual hard intelligence.

One of the notices issued around 3 years ago had to do with stopping all-woman crew flights (cabin and cockpit crew) after 20:00 hours. Air India has no problem implementing that rule because their service regulatiosn require atleast one male member onboard (The IFS on AI is always male?), but it caused scheduling problems for IC and 9W which have a substantial number of female crew.

-Roy
 
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:53 am

How serious is this information??

As Roy noted, these security bulletins are issued on a regular basis and are of very high quality. A vast majority of them never make the news, but obviously someone somewhere found fit to leak this one.
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Thrust
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:55 am

Is it known who is making the threats? I suspect Al Qaeda, but somebody tell me otherwise if I'm wrong.
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artsyman
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:01 am

My guess is that they will make bomb threats daily now until people stop taking them seriously, then blow up about 50 planes in one day.
 
Vimanav
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:17 am

In a notification issued by the BCAS/India they have warned some other carriers including SQ, KE, KU and PR of a hijack threat 31JUL04 on flights from BKK to AB) (MNL / RPLL), Philippines">MNL.

I think its high time there was a uniform code to address this issue. Extremely stringent punishment i.e. death penalty without exception for hijacking / terrorism is strongly called for, in order to set it up as a deterrent irrespective whether such acts involved any fatalities or not.

Hang the bastards in public... at least lop off their hands and see how the rate of such instances fall.

rgds//Vimanav
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artsyman
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:22 am

Hang the bastards in public... at least lop off their hands and see how the rate of such instances fall.
****

Or just do what they do in Europe and let them go free with no punishment.
 
IndianGuy
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RE: Hijack Threat For Air India Flights To Dubai

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:32 pm

Hang them...
I disagree.

We have the death penalty for a large number of crimes albeit with a "rearest of the rare" clause to restrict its use. But the death penalty has never been a deterrent wither for rape or murder. So how would it deter terror attacks?

Terror attacks can only be prevented by strengthening intelligence sources and improving co-ordination between the intelligence, the Ministries of Internal Security and Civil Aviation, security agencies like the police and airport security and last but not the least the airlines.

I think BCAS is a right step towards keeping our skies safe. I have doubts about how effective the coordination between agencies is, but that would be a different discussion! The BCAS should also ensure that directives like these are not made public. THey should take care to maintain strict confidentiality about these.

-Roy

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