Northwest Pilot calls into John Carlson...Hold on, a pilot for Northwest just called in while I was typing the summary. I'm going to listen to him.
- "These terrorists preboard to potentially identify Air Mashalls."
- Not shocked to hear that this sort of thing happened.
J.C.: Have you had a flight with this kind of behavior?
Pilot: Not to this degree. But, I've had some strange behavior.
J.C.: What do you think of her story?
Pilot: It's plausible. Except for why so many of these people would pre-board. The only one eligible for pre-boarding is the one with the orthopaedic leg.
J.C.: So based on her article, and this conversation, what do you think?
Pilot: No surpise. DTW is near the Canadien border where egress/ingress is easy.
BTW, the trouble with airlines is that once the exit door is shut and your airborne, it changes the scenario completely. We need to do more on the ground because of the perilous nature of being in flight.
J.C.: Do we need to screen Muslims more.
Pilot: Absolutely. Why would you want the pilots to be stripped search but allow these people through with little scrutiny. I've shut down a flight before b/c of security concerns. It turned out to be nothing, but better safe than sorry.