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Old Aug 8, 12, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by WillCAD View Post
9/11! 9/11! 9/11!

I'm going to hazard a guess that any aircraft which declares a "terror" emergency will get fighter escorts for the specific purpose of blowing it out of the sky if it turns out to have been hijacked to be used as a ballistic missile. You know, like they did on 9/11.

Who makes the decision on when to blow an aircraft full of innocent hostages out of the sky, based on what evidence that it's a threat to others, I can't imagine. But given the propensity for gross, panicked over-reaction to anything out of the ordinary (or to ordinary stuff like a forgotten camera in a seatback pocket), the mere presence of fighters would be absolutely terrifying to me if I were aboard such an aircraft.
Would have been cool if someone had used the offending camera to take a picture of the escort, right before it got missile-lock.

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