Transatlantic flight diverted as discarded camera causes bomb scare

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command deployed fighter jets to escort the plane, but the aircraft landed before the jets reached it, Mr Procopio said.
    United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said the crew decided to divert Flight 956, en route from Newark, New Jersey to Geneva, Switzerland, after flight attendants found the camera in a seat pocket of an unoccupied seat.
    Johnson said there was 157 passengers and 11 crew members on board the Boeing 767.
    The Transportation Security Administration said the plane was diverted ‘out of an abundance of caution’ and its officers responded.

    According to the report last night on Nightline all this happened because a passenger on a previous flight forgot his camera which was found by a flight attendant 2 hours into the flight. When no passengers on this flight claimed the camera, well, you see what happened next.
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's amazing to me that these people ever leave their houses, what with their rampant paranoia.
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Pan Am 103 was brought down by some modified electronics in checked baggage, so it's not totally farfetched.

    Close though .... how many thousands of $ of fuel did they dump before they could land? That's one expense Brownie.
  4. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I would just prefer they don't, ever! I don't need their paranoia and overreactions interfering with my rights and freedom. They can just cower under their beds and let the rest of the world go on with our lives.
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  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I'll bet next time *everyone* claims the camera.
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  6. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    I have visions of the flight attendant saying, "Anyone? Anyone? Does this camera belong to anyone? Don't make me turn this plane around!".
  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Makes no sense really. If there were a suicide bomber aboard with a camera bomb it would have been detonated anyway.
    If TSA security actually worked, then the camera examined and found to be okay and simply left behind from a prior flight.
    It points out that they know this security is a farce and they don't trust it.
    If someone would have falsely claimed ownership to get a free camera, they would have continued even if it were a bomb.
    The service crew is suppossed to be cleaning and clearing the plane between flights. maybe the screeners should be shifted to cleaning toilets and seat backs. At least they'll be productive.
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  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I saw one report stating the camera was found in a barf bag. If true that element does open the floor to some questions. That said, how damaging would a bomb be if no larger than the size of a camera?
  9. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    Exactly. It makes you wonder if the crew would have turned around if a copy of say, War and Peace were found on-board, in a barf bag or not. After all, it's a huge book and its heft could have concealed a lot more explosives than a small point-and-shoot.

    Ah, you say to yourself, the crew could have simply opened the book and seen that it was indeed a book. Yeah, because point-and-shoot cameras are too hard to turn on and verify that indeed, it's full of vacation photos from the previous passenger who forgot it.

    But, but … the really sneaky terrorist would have loaded his camera-bomb with Disney World photos just to make everyone think it was a camera!

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