Hijacking SOPs up til 2 years ago.
I'm in an argument on another forum.
Somebody is claiming that it was (up til 2 years ago) standard procedure to call for armed escort fighters in the event of a hijacking.
He is also claiming that the US East Coast would (normally) have had a number of armed fighters on patrol at any one time, but they happened not to on 11/9/2001.
As far as claim 1 goes I've found some US military docs specifying that the FAA could request help, which implies that it was not mandatory.
I do not want to start an argument here: but if anybody can confirm that both these claims are false - preferably with the support of a trustworthy website reference - I'd be grateful.
Apologies if this is deemed inappropriate for the Questions forum...
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Okay, it's been moved to Jet Blast. Still, I am not looking for an argument, I'm looking for the facts. Was it or was it not standard procedure in the US and / or elsewhere to call for an armed fighter escort?
Last edited by 25F; 10th Sep 2003 at 02:01.