Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by THawk996, Sep 13, 2011.
Language barrier blamed for diverting Phoenix flight
It just gets weirder and weirder. I wonder to what depths all this stuff will sink? How many more dozens or hundreds or thousands of bogus paranoid (expletive deleted) "terrorism tips" and overreactions are in our future?
No details as to language. Note the common thread: nobody trusts TSA to have done the screening right.
Somebody will end up getting shot by the police, just like in London in 2005.
Just came across the following article which indicates they were Israelis of Russian descent.
If it weren't for this very real possibility, I would wish that 10's of thousands of these things would be going on for the next couple of weeks. Maybe, just maybe then people will wake up.
Probably couldn't find a TSA employee who actually spoke English.
These days you roll the dice and take your chances when flying.
Isn't it ironic that the fear that DHS and TSA stokes up actually makes flying less safe?
So...the language barrier was so profound that the FAs absolutely couldn't communicate to the pax that they wanted to see what the 'wooden object' was?
I know at least some of us on this board have traveled outside the US and been in situations where the language barrier was pretty profound. It's amazing what you can (and can not!) communicate, even with a language barrier.
After all, if I thought someone was sitting there holding a bomb, am I safer sitting back while the flight turns around and lands (and the pax with wicked intentions will still be sitting in his seat, unaware, as the doors open and the authorities arrive)? Or might I be safer asking to see the item?
If it really was a bomb, I don't see how anyone could think the FA's took the most prudent course of action. It's as ridiculous as tossing a confiscated water bottle full of liquid explosive into the trash barrel next to the checkpoint.
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