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Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:42 pm

From DFW's Facebook feed:

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The DFW Department of Public Safety has completed its investigation of a suspicious vehicle parked at Terminal B.

DPS officers discovered the vehicle about 2 PM Central time and found an automatic rifle and a pistol inside.

The vehicle was a large rented box truck pulling a vehicle trailer.

The driver was questioned by federal agents and released. The weapons were found to be properly documented.

No charges will be filed.

There was no impact to flight operations at DFW.


Why would anyone pull up to a major airport terminal with such a vehicle, especially considering that everyone is on high alert today for car bombs and other threats?

[Edited 2011-09-11 15:43:02]
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:17 am

I can't believe someone would have an automatic weapon in a vehicle near a terminal building. Proper procedures or not, it isn't a bright idea, especially on a September 11th.
 
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:28 am

Maybe they should create new security screening at the entrance to airport property?
I understand that many are on edge due to the day of the year it is, however that doesn't mean people who are allowed to have weapons in their vehicles should be prohibited from having them. All that achieves is stopping people going about their normal daily business.
 
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:38 am

Quoting N243NW (Thread starter):
DPS officers discovered the vehicle about 2 PM Central time and found an automatic rifle and a pistol inside.

Did they actually see the guns, or just a Texas license plate?

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 1):
I can't believe someone would have an automatic weapon in a vehicle near a terminal building.

In Dallas I can't believe they wouldn't.   

Quoting Rendezvous (Reply 2):
Maybe they should create new security screening at the entrance to airport property?

There are already signs at basically every airport that vehicles may be subject to search. If there is a threat adding military or police officers, often with dogs, is usually part of the response. So, something like that can happen, but is really only practical during times of heightened security.
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:33 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 3):
Did they actually see the guns, or just a Texas license plate?

Good question...I would assume the latter would naturally lead to the former  

One of the things that wasn't made clear was if the truck had been abandoned or was simply parked for an extended period of time with the driver sitting in it. I'm sure the DPS and police were all on high alert for a vehicle of that particular type yesterday. It sure could store a lot of explosives.

Although you'd think that Terminal B wouldn't be the most terrorist-prone at DFW...with generally the most regional jets and the fewest passengers compared to other areas like Terminal D.
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:27 pm

As is mostly the case with these reports, it boils down to a high degree of stupidity.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/091...uspicious-truck-locks-down-airport

A crew member from the Discovery Channel show "Sons of Guns" was picking up another crew member at DFW and left the truck filled with their supplies in front of the airport.

"The man told authorities he was picking up a friend from the airport and didn't know he couldn't leave the truck in front of the terminal."


An unattended truck in front of a terminal filled with weapons and explosives. Who would have thought this would be a problem????
 
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:15 pm

Quoting N243NW (Thread starter):
Why would anyone pull up to a major airport terminal with such a vehicle, especially considering that everyone is on high alert today for car bombs and other threats?

Because he was moving and dropped somebody off at the airport - or was picking somebody up? If all you have is a rented truck and trailer, you drive it.

Who knows - but it was obviously a non-issue.

Quoting txjim (Reply 5):
"The man told authorities he was picking up a friend from the airport and didn't know he couldn't leave the truck in front of the terminal."

Ah - I was close. Wonder if the crew member is an employee of Discovery or of Red Jacket. If the latter, I'm betting Will chewed a bit....
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RE: Suspicious Truck Investigated At DFW (No Threat)

Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:22 am

Quoting rcair1 (Reply 6):
A crew member from the Discovery Channel show "Sons of Guns" was picking up another crew member at DFW and left the truck filled with their supplies in front of the airport.

"The man told authorities he was picking up a friend from the airport and didn't know he couldn't leave the truck in front of the terminal."


An unattended truck in front of a terminal filled with weapons and explosives. Who would have thought this would be a problem????

Had this been LAX, I HIGHLY doubt the truck and driver would have made it past the police check point before entering the airport. Although most vehicles barely tap their brakes as they enter the LAX, THIS would have demanded a full stop and review.

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