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If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:32 am

I would not use the viewing platform at LHR!!

The reason I say this is because I still can`t believe that BAA and H.M Govt are still using terrorism as an excuse for keeping it closed.

Lets look at the facts.

The viewing platform is isolated from the rest of the airport, so unless I`m James Bond and wish to absale down onto the lower roofs without being seen from inside Terminal 2 the only way a terrorist could attack a plane would be with a rocket/grenade launcher.

First problem. The only entrance is the small fire escape doors. To get to this I would have to either pass the entrance of terminal 2 and/or the bus station and Queens building. You usually have a group of BA pilots and stewardess waiting here plus an array of airport staff. So carrying rocket/grenade launcher would be quite noticeable.

Ok if I did manage to get onto the viewing platform it is very rare for NO ONE else to be there. Again I think a fellow spectator would notice a rocket/grenade launcher (unless he thought it was a new ultrazoom camera).

If the worst case scenario happened and I did fire a rocket/grenade launcher then I would have to make it across the roof,down the stairs before the police and/or special force are waiting for him at the door, and if after all this I did make it out the only exit from the airport grounds are through the tunnel and/or London Underground, and both of these would be closed off the very second an attack happened.

However I could just visit the viewing park in Manchester which is adjacent to the runway and launch an attack from there and speed away in an awaiting car and escape via the M56.

So lets hope that eventually BAA and H.M Govt see sense and re-open LHR viewing platform ASAP.

Remember by closing locations and by altering our everyday life we are letting the terrorists win !!!!.

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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:18 am

Remember, by closing locations, they have simplified their job (for the moment)of securing the airport, thus preventing the terrorists from "winning" as you call it, at that location. Opening the platform does nothing to increase the level of security.
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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:20 am

Isn't the need to make that site accessible for the handicapped also a reason why they keep that place shut...??? At least I heard something like that quite a few times....

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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:03 am


Unfortunately, you're preaching to the converted here!  Sad
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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 5:39 am

Topic: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Once you have managed to commit your evil act from the terrace, why would you want to getaway?
Aren't you wearing a semtex loaded belt?
That could blow away many a.net photographers within a 100 yard radius.

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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:43 am

I think this topic does not make any sense.
Remember, the terrosrists themselves might read this forum, so lets not make it easy for them.
It's also because of them at some airports photography is harder / considered hazardous to the security and terraces are closed.

Keep that in mind.

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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:17 am


>>>>Remember, the terrosrists themselves might read this forum, so lets not make it easy for them.<<<<<

I think they probably know better places to shoot from then we do to be honest...why maybe they have a Arabplanespotters.net site.......We have to stop treating these terroist like they are a bunch of uniformed JackA$&es. They are probably better educated than most of us here in the USA.....
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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 9:46 am

Any terrorist in their right mind would take advantage of the 5 mi. distance on their SAMs. Considering most airports don't have patrols far beyond the perimeters would they not want to go to a remote location. I think they would want to use a viewing terrace and say that it was a 'photographer' who did it. But what do I know? Write a letter.

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RE: If I Were A Terrorist.........

Wed Jan 14, 2004 10:50 am

you should email this to the authorities at FLL or MCO, just don't include the "If I were a terrorist.." part lol

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