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saulblum Jul 31, 12 8:10 pm

Flight Diverted Over Unclaimed Camera
 
We have officially become a nation of wimps.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...laimed-camera/


A United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Geneva was diverted to Boston this evening when a flight attendant discovered a camera in a seat back pocket and could not locate the cameraís owner, law enforcement officials and an airline spokesperson said.

The flight was escorted to Bostonís Logan International Airport by fighter planes and taken to a remote location.
Good thing one of these things wasn't found next to it.

DFWsakp Jul 31, 12 8:16 pm

Flight Diverted Over Unclaimed Camera
 
Simply unbelievable !!!!! Next time I find a camera in the seat pocket, I will just keep it for myself rather than return to the flight attendant. It will save a huge inconvenience to other passengers.

jtodd Jul 31, 12 8:21 pm

The government is doing a great job of selling fear to the sheeple! It's almost like they're purposely carrying on for the tewwowists.

TheGolfWidow Jul 31, 12 8:28 pm

How very kind of United to drop that camera off nearer to the owner's Boston home.

saulblum Jul 31, 12 8:36 pm

Check out the flight's path --

http://www.examiner.com/article/bomb...wo-emergencies

I'm guessing the plane had to dump most of its fuel before landing? How much did this paranoid flight attendant cost his or her employer and taxpayers?

Fear has a real financial cost, and it's driving this country into the ground.

N830MH Jul 31, 12 11:33 pm


Originally Posted by saulblum (Post 19037249)
We have officially become a nation of wimps.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...laimed-camera/



Good thing one of these things wasn't found next to it.

Who responsible to kept the camera along with them. Maybe someone who leave behind in the entire aircraft. You are responsible for that.

Pesky Monkey Jul 31, 12 11:43 pm


Originally Posted by saulblum (Post 19037249)
We have officially become a nation of wimps.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...laimed-camera/



Good thing one of these things wasn't found next to it.

Had to look up the airline. United. Big surprise. Google "United Airlines Paranoid" and it explains a lot.

Himeno Aug 1, 12 12:58 am


Originally Posted by saulblum (Post 19037357)

Why go to Boston? Why not Bangor or Portland, ME?

Ysitincoach Aug 1, 12 5:47 am

Wonder if the flight crew messaged Ops in EWR to see if anyone lost a camera on a the previous EZE-EWR flight? Or just quickly went into paranoia mode?

studentff Aug 1, 12 7:49 am

Treatment by CNN on August 1
 
Upon reporting this story this morning, Soledad O'Brien at first spontaneously channeled what IMO is the justified outrage of needlessly inconvenienced passengers on this flight, saying something like, "Can you imagine how the passengers on that flight felt? 'Someone just claim the stupid camera so we can get to Geneva.'" I was momentarily shocked and surprisingly pleased (I don't agree with her opinions much).

Then a few seconds later she thought better of herself and made some inane "safety first" comment.

"Anything for Security (TM) Out of an Abundance of Caution (TM)" :rolleyes:

pirossalma Aug 1, 12 8:27 am

I am wondering about UA before departure cleaning routine of international flights. Nobody checks the seat back pockets for trash, used airsickness bags?

saulblum Aug 1, 12 8:30 am


Originally Posted by pirossalma (Post 19039689)
I am wondering about UA before departure cleaning routine of international flights. Nobody checks the seat back pockets for trash, used airsickness bags?

The obvious answer is that the UA cleaning crew has been infiltrated by terrorists, and that this "find" was no accident.

;)

VelvetJones Aug 1, 12 8:36 am


Originally Posted by saulblum (Post 19039701)
The obvious answer is that the UA cleaning crew has been infiltrated by terrorists, and that this "find" was no accident.

;)

Don't laugh, someone will claim this. I still don't understand the logic here. There are probably dozens of cameras in peoples bags, what makes a "lone" camera more dangerous? In theory the camera went through security, so it should be as harmless as any other screened object, as after all, the super duper TSA screened it. If, as you said, some rogue clean crew terrorist snuck a bomb on board, wouldn't they maybe try and hide it somewhere?

loops Aug 1, 12 8:54 am

An even more horrifying thought...
 
Doesn't TSA insist on doing their own inspection of all departing AC? (checking seatbacks, etal for verboten things) Oh No! Perhaps we have a rogue screener smuggling suspicious objects aboard! <gasp!>

:rolleyes:

coachrowsey Aug 1, 12 8:55 am

IMO (based on article) flight crew done the right thing. Now I understand that 99.9% of these things turn out false but I don't want to be on the one that's false.

Now go ahead and slam me.


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