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Old 29th Sep 2001, 12:31
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Question It's a mad world.

Just a minute; a pax,on the ground, jokes about a gun he isn't carrying in his bag and he's carted off in chains and everyone cheers. A pax on board an aircraft is caught smoking and then utters anti-Americanisms and becomes disruptive, so the aircraft returns for a landing, and this is an over-reaction. We aren't allowed to take forks and knives in our nav-bags but we are allowed a nice big crash-axe with us in the cockpit.
I don't wonder if the terrorists use this site just to play with everyones sanity.
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Old 29th Sep 2001, 12:50
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Yes, I was beginning to think the same. A wise Captain reminded me yesterday that in aviation sometimes sh!t happens!
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Old 29th Sep 2001, 12:55
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Why should I give up my penknife, screwdriver and nail file, when in an hour's time I will be flying an aircraft which is a potential guided missile. There is no sense in aviation any more. The whole thing has kneejerked and security are too stupid to comprehend this point.
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Old 29th Sep 2001, 15:07
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The Aviation world is going MAD!!!!!!!!

The whole world is going MAD!!!!!!

Lets just hope that it all calms down sooner rather than later!!
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On a positioning flight from DUB to LGW with BA, I was searched very thoroughly in front of all the other passengers, despite showing them my ID I still had my stapler confiscated (what damage I could do with a 2-inch long stapler, I do not know).
Security don't seem to realise that a grumpy passenger is a lot more likely to kick off than one who is calm. I was fuming through most of the flight.

It does seem ridiculous that we cannot carry penknives in our flight bags. If I were to hijack a plane, I don't think leaning across either pilot to rummage through his flight bsg in search of a suitable weapon would be my strategy. I can think of some much better weapons that are freely available on most aircraft.

They'll be confiscating our headsets soon, in case we try to strangle someone with the cord...
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Old 29th Sep 2001, 17:57
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I just realised I have been flying ever since the WTC disaster with a lethal weapon in my posession. No security guard has ever questioned my right to carry it. It could kill in seconds when used. It's 5 inches long, metal and sharpened to fine point. I can carry as many as I like - without question.

It's my pen of course.
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Old 29th Sep 2001, 23:28
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Well, I don't understand why they don't confiscate our cigarette lighters and matches.
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