Oct 11 2013
The TSA won’t talk about these dry runs because they don’t want to cause panic among the flying public. It was a flight bound for Florida, and some airline pilots believe it also may have been a dry-run for terrorists.
WKYC (h/t The Opinionator) The 10 News investigators have obtained an internal memo that details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, federal efforts have gone in place to prevent a similar attack, leading many to believe another attack like what happened on 9/11 could never happen again.
Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International, says that belief “is very foolish.” According to Koch, many other flight crews are concerned the planning may already be underway.
A memo obtained by the 10 News investigators from the union that represents pilots for US Airways says that “there have been several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry-runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in flight threat.”
The TSA told us it takes all reports of suspicious activity aboard aircraft seriously, and the matter requires no further investigation at this time. However, a current federal air marshal who works flights every week says of the TSA, “They’re liars. They’re flat out liars.”
READ: The security update memo (PDF)
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