The Airline Industry Returns To a Recurring Nightmare

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  1. Newscience

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    The Airline Industry Returns To a Recurring Nightmare
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    A pro-Russian rebel passing by plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine.
    Associated Press
    Flights into Israel have been suspended due to the rocket fire from Gaza, and international airlines are steering clear of rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week. But those aren’t the only two places where commercial air travel has taken a hit lately due to violent conflicts.
    As the WSJ’s Robert Wall, Rory Jones and Jon Ostrower report today:
    Over the past weekend, four empty Libyan jetliners were set aflame during an insurgent assault against Tripoli’s international airport. Then a week ago, Kabul’s international airport came under attack from insurgents using assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. Afghan security forces repelled that attack, but in an earlier raid on the facility Taliban fighters destroyed the helicopter used by Afghanistan’s president.
    And last month, an insurgent raid on Karachi’s main airport killed 28 people and damaged one of Emirates Airline’s planes.
    Tripoli, Kabul and Karachi aren’t frequent stops for western travelers, but all three serve as important regional hubs. And a steady stream of western aid workers, diplomats, contractors and, in the case of Tripoli, oil executives give them outsize importance as international air-travel destinations.
    None of these recent airport attacks appear to be connected. But their sudden confluence has aviation executives worried the events could spook passengers by again painting commercial aviation as easy pickings for insurgents and terrorists. “The airline community is being targeted,” said one senior airline executive. “No other industry suffers like this.”
    From a spate of hijackings in the 1970s to the September 11 attacks, commercial air travel has long been a target of terrorists, and high profile attacks often spark rethinks of how to keep travelers safe.

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  2. MX

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    I detect some subliminal messages here.
    A plane wreckage that looks like a trophy. Then this:
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    We're definitely under attack, and should strike back.
     
  3. WilliamQ

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    I have no comments about the striking back (and at who) but if passengers get spooked and planes starts flying with more empty seats, airlines might be inclined to take a hard look at their recently "enhanced" loyalty programs and package them more competitively to attract passengers back.

    I just hope this does not have to happen at the cost of more innocent lives.
     
  4. anileze

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    If the guy with the gun, and without any sunshades, is a pro-russian ukraine national - Then I have a bridge to sell :)
     
  5. timfrost

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    "No other industry suffers like this" Not remotely true. There have been plenty of attacks and incidents targeting mass transit of various types. There have been 16 against subways and railroads since 2000, more than the previous years 30 combined. Over 1000 people have been killed since 9/11 in mass transit attacks.

    Not trying to steal focus from the article, but not going to buy into the "the airlines are standing alone" sob story either. If we actually paid more attention to everything else that was going on, we'd probably be better off.
     
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    Too late the bridge has already been put up for sale. The guy without the shades is wearing a striped undershirt in the picture that is strangely familiar as seen on many Russian troops, and a unit patch while many of the "rebels" often are shown as not having any patches on their jackets.
     
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    In a short frame of time, we had 3 major incidents (not including MH370)

    1) July 17th - Malaysia Airlines - 298 deaths
    2) July 23rd - TransAsia - 48 deaths, 10 wounded
    3) July 24th - Air Algerie - possible 116 deaths
     
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