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The ‘hero killers’ on domestic jets are gone

The ‘hero killers’ on domestic jets are gone

It is clear to at least some flight attendants that Senator George Brandis didn’t realise that his actions in publicising the elimination of most armed sky marshals from Australian flights some months ago concerns decisions that have made flying safer. In exposing the sky marshal reductions Brandis has argued that they compromised safety. To the […]

Cargo bombers and barrow pushers target jets

Cargo bombers and barrow pushers target jets

Although the New Scientist is a likeable publication, it does seem to be a pushover for half-baked experts pushing barrows badly. Take this week’s obviously rushed story on how the foiled cargo jet bombing attempts ‘may spell the end for in-flight wi-fi.’ The journal has swallowed whole the line by an ‘explosives consultancy’ that in-flight […]

‘Must read’ advice on security for all travellers

‘Must read’ advice on security for all travellers

The Stratfor global intelligence unit in the US has published a must read Primer on Situational Awareness for air travellers, indeed daily commuters using any transport mode. It is not just a common sense response to the ludicrous terrorism and security mania that has afflicted travel, but arguably, an essay that if acted upon will […]

The good but also ugly news about bum bombs

The good but also ugly news about bum bombs

An American health reporter has explained what would have really happened if the underpants bomb had detonated as planned last Friday on the Delta flight approaching Detroit. The jet would have landed unharmed, but quite a few of the passengers would be combing bits of terrorist testicles or buttocks from their hair after landing, or […]

Early puzzles in foiled Detroit flight bombing attempt

Early puzzles in foiled Detroit flight bombing attempt

There are some very strange elements emerging in reports of the attempted bombing of a Delta Airlines flight as it approached Detroit airport from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. One is that the screening measures in place at major airports including those in Australia should have detected one or more of the components of the attack […]

Fear, loathing and stupidity at Brisbane airport

Fear, loathing and stupidity at Brisbane airport

Brisbane airport last night was a perfect reminder that Australia relies on implausible scenarios, imperfectly screened, to create an impression that air travel is secure. Early in the evening a number of Qantas passengers, the Courier-Mail says there were only three of them, reached their departure gates in the ‘airside’ part of the terminal without […]