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OT: UA Heathrow-Washington flight diverted to Boston

Old Aug 16, 06, 10:05 am
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OT: UA Heathrow-Washington flight diverted to Boston

Just heard this on the news - some sort of passenger disturbance...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/4799057.stm
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:08 am
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http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/2940306/

Check the speculation there on what she had in her hand luggage...
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:09 am
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081600524.html

"Fighter jets escorted a diverted London-to-Washington, D.C., flight to Boston's Logan airport Wednesday after a distraught passenger pulled out a screw driver, matches, Vaseline and a note referencing al-Qaida, an airport spokesman said."
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:31 am
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081600524.html

"Fighter jets escorted a diverted London-to-Washington, D.C., flight to Boston's Logan airport Wednesday after a distraught passenger pulled out a screw driver, matches, Vaseline and a note referencing al-Qaida, an airport spokesman said."
Just as well they didn't pull out a bottle of water.
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:31 am
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Worryingly, could this mean a return to more draconian security checks and handbaggage restrictions? And the vaseline smuggled on board doesn't say much for BAA screening standards this morning.
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:39 am
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Beeb now reporting that the reports of contraband on the flight have now been denied.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4799057.stm
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:40 am
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I don't think am quite at the stage where would ask Raffles to review his assesment of the risk earlier - but anyways, what on earth can one do with such items?
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:52 am
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She could have bought the Vaseline at Boots after security.

I have a list of products I'll need for my flight tommorow night.
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by idiparker
...pulled out a screw driver, matches, Vaseline and a note referencing al-Qaida...
Was she on her way to tonight's 'DO'?
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by VC10 Boy
She could have bought the Vaseline at Boots after security.

I have a list of products I'll need for my flight tommorow night.
Does it include Vaseline?
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by Moomba
Beeb now reporting that the reports of contraband on the flight have now been denied.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4799057.stm
The dangers of "breaking news" - lots of security officials who know a little have time to brief journalists anonymously. The ones who know as much as there is to know won't have time to brief the press.

Add to that the multiple news agencies and their sources, and it's easy to see how things get confused. If a BBC or Sky or ITN correspondent talks to a contact they know and trust, then the news can be broadcast with confidence. If it's quoting AP or Reuters quoting an unamed official, then it should be judged on its individual merit and if broadcast, be broadcast with a caveat.

The alternative is that very little is ever broadcast on a story until it's certain, and on developing stories, that takes a long time. I'm not sure we'll ever go back to those days.


I have been enjoying Fox's coverage this afternoon - their speculation, their "facts" about the London plot, the overwhelming fear of the terror threat. Very refreshing
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by BahrainLad
Was she on her way to tonight's 'DO'?
If liquid lubricants are banned tonight, I'll be rethinking my plans
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Old Aug 16, 06, 10:58 am
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could be a long night then
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Old Aug 17, 06, 5:49 am
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Originally Posted by tristan727
I don't think am quite at the stage where would ask Raffles to review his assesment of the risk earlier - but anyways, what on earth can one do with such items?
I am happy to review my current risk assessment, and have concluded that 60-year old women having panic attacks do not constitute a major threat to my well-being!
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Originally Posted by Raffles
I am happy to review my current risk assessment, and have concluded that 60-year old women having panic attacks do not constitute a major threat to my well-being!
Sky News did this very well yesterday by interviewing about 3 US passengers who claimed that she was 'very suspicious', this was followed shortly afterwards by a British passenger who didn't know what all the fuss was about as he thought they had over reacted somewhat!
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