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By Jonathan Sawyer E-mail sawyejondberauedu Whether we would like to admit it or not aircraft terrorism is a very real and deadly subject Inside nothing more than a small suitcase a carefully assembled explosive can bring an ending to the lives of countless men women and children with no preference or regard to age sex and religion In a single moment and flash families are torn apart as their loved ones become victims of terrorism As the airline price wars have continued to rage the amount of fliers increase at phenomenal rates The airports are filled to maximum capacity with people all interested in just surviving the long lines and finally finding relaxation in their aircraft seats with the help of a cold drink and pillow Sadly it has come to the point where one must consider if the passengers should be relaxing The half a billion passengers that rush through a terminal each year are completely unaware of how much trust they are putting in a small antiquated machine that scans their luggage Teams of employees working for the government have been successful in passing through metal detectors armed with knives guns and even a discharged hand grenade Reports Doug Smith of USA Today The fact that the people manning these machines and airport gates make less than someone at McDonalds and usually are uneducated average Dicks or Janes may be part of the problem In most of England the guards are expertly trained and receive high pay The issue of sabotage and criminal attacks on aircraft is one that is horrifying to contemplate However the potential is ever present and cannot be swept under some political carpet The statistics as provided by the NTSB and FAA are ugly and the results of these accidents uglier still The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland on December 21 1988 and another similar bombing on an Air India
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