Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I think they're missing the point
Yet again, we've seen fighter jets dispatched to 'escort' aircraft to US airports after threats were made against them. Yet again, we've heard travelers and others remark how "comforting" the presence of those aircraft is to them.
They clearly don't understand that those fighters are there for one reason and one reason only . . . to shoot down the aircraft if it has, indeed, been hijacked or otherwise turned into a danger to cities and installations on the ground. The fighters can't possibly intervene in a hijacking inside the cabin, and can't stop whatever's on board from manifesting itself. Their only function is to stop that aircraft threatening anything or anyone else. That's what their missiles and cannon will do in the last resort.
If I were on board one of those airliners, I wouldn't find the presence of fighters "reassuring" or "comforting". I'd find it bloody terrifying!