published Friday, July 20th, 2012

A flaw in airport security

The nation's anti-terrorist experts and the Transportation Safety Authority might be looking in all the wrong places for breaches in the effort to safeguard the nation's flying public. There is, it seems, a far easier way for a would-be creator of mayhem to bypass the safety and security systems in place to protect the nation's planes and the passengers than sneaking through checkpoints at the nation's airports. It's a lot easier to go to a smaller airport that is served by commuter jets, climb a fence and steal a plane that can fly at more than 500 mph and has a range of about 1,700 miles.

Sound far-fetched? It isn't.

Brian Hedglin, an airline pilot and an uncharged murder suspect, climbed a razor wire-topped security fence at tiny St. George Municipal Airport in Utah earlier this week, boarded an unlocked SkyWest jet airliner and powered up its engines. He taxied the plane, struck a terminal building and crashed into cars in a parking lot before coming to a stop. Law enforcement officials say he then shot himself in the head. That ended the caper, but the incident understandably raises flags throughout the airport security community. It should.

Hedglin, a SkyWest pilot on leave since July 13 when police named him a person of interest after the body of his girlfriend was discovered, obviously knew how to start the plane's engines. He probably did not need specialized knowledge to gain entry to the parked plane.

Anyone — a would-be terrorist or joyrider — could do the same in circumstances similar to those in Utah. Experts say there were probably security measures — codes, sequences of events, etc. — that would make it difficult to start the engines, but no one is sure if they were in place. Even if they were, it's likely that a would-be but well-schooled terrorist would have enough knowledge to bypass the safeguards. Besides, airport security should be sophisticated enough to stop someone before he or she can gain access to the cockpit of a parked plane.

On Tuesday, it was not. Multiple layers of security failed. That flaw needs to be eliminated.

Hedglin wasn't a terrorist, it seems, but a malefactor could mimic his actions and gain access to plane. No telling what would occur then.

Incredibly, the St. George airport currently meets all Federal Administration and TSA security requirements. Hedglin scaled a fence to gain access to the plane, but the TSA doesn't require airports to maintain full-time surveillance of the miles of fencing that surrounds most facilities. Maybe it should.

Easy access to a jet that can carry a big payload at high speed for long distances is an invitation to disaster. In this instance, the plane was commandeered by an obviously distraught individual with no apparent ties or interest in terrorism. In other hands, though, the easily commandeered jet could have become a source of death and destruction. Security measures should be updated to help to prevent that possibility.

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annisisbell said...

Our out-of-control government, now in the hands of a hostile elite who have no biological or psychological connection to the people they rule, is determined to destroy Western civilization and set up a One World Order, and will use even anecdotal incidences such as this, to justify their taking away of our freedom and setting up a police state. That's why reports such as this are disturbing.

The fact is that Bill Kristol and his gang of jew neocons, loyal to israel, claimed they needed a "new Pearl Harbor" in order to get the American people to let them invade Iraq. They got their 9-11 and there hasn't been another attack since. If I were a terrorist I'd attack israel or jews in America.

Check out Project for the New American Century for more about these terrorist, traitorous Zionists who use our government for israel and our children as cannon fodder for their "rearrangement" of the middle east.

The latest release of the jew controlled Homeland INSecurity is about surveillance of WHITE PEOPLE opposed to more immigration, open borders, outsourcing of jobs, diverse military, and the rest of it. Homeland InSecurity will guarantee that no real American can oppose what is being done to us, under the threat of being killed or locked away, just like in the communist Soviet Union. jews slaughtered tens of millions in Russia and Ukraine in the Holodomer so we know they will do it to us when they get total control.

July 20, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Tom Sunic lived under communism in Eastern Europe and has talked about the "soft communism" that jews have forced upon the West and that we live under. From political correctness, gay marriage, affirmative action and all of the other un Christian, non Anglo Saxon "reforms" that we've had forced upon us.

We have to pay attention to what world jewry seeks to do because of the wealth and power they have. jews own and control all our major media.

jews' goal for the past century were fulfilled, and they are fulfilling their goals for this century and I'm sure we'll be dragged into attacking Iran next. Iran is capable of defending itself and God only knows how many of our Christian and Nordic people will be killed. 100 million of us from the world wars died. But world jewry got Palestine because of it.

"We must realize that our party's most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause." by Israel Cohen, A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, 1912. (Also in Congressional Record, Vol 103, p.8559, June 7, 1957)

Just say no to Homeland InSecurity and their bid for more laws and more control. I'd rather chance that someone (another false flag attack by israel)will hi-jack a plane than for Homeland InSecurity to have more laws and power over us. The enemy is within, not in the middle east, unless you count israel.

July 20, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.

Wow, you just realized that the Republican party is out to destroy he country?

Good for you.

July 20, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

You two have got to be kidding!

It seems to me that it would be much more practical to leave the aircraft unfueled overnight and make it so the doors can be secured when the plane is unattended.

July 20, 2012 at 3:54 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...


Is everything partisan with you?

July 20, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.

What, are you saying you don't believe annisisbell's arguments?

The Department of Homeland Security was made by Republicans, for Republicans, and is doing just what they claimed to want.

And you can bet is Obama tried to dissolve it, they'd scream holy hell about it.

July 20, 2012 at 11:34 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...


I do not like DHS and think it should be abolished, along with most of the Patriot Act. Repealing all of the Patriot Act would be preferable to leaving it totally intact. All three of our representatives in Congress support these abominations and will never get another vote from me for that reason. Plenty of Democrats supported the creation of DHS and the Patriot Act.

I also believe that Obama is expanding the problems. Republicans and Democrats are taking away our freedom in the name of “security”.

It sounds like we both do not like these things, but I hold both parties responsible and you seem to want to hang it all on the Republicans.

July 21, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.
fredrodriguez said...

After all the measures taken by the TSA, there are still loopholes in the security system that needs to be address. The sad thing is, these loopholes are only discovered after something happens and security measures are almost always reactionary. It was fortunate that it was not a terrorist who discover the loophole this time round. This incident had drawn our attention to the fact that the security of airport surroundings needs to be address. Airports should consider reinforcing the fence with attachable cable fences and entrances to the runway should consider installing portable vehicle barriers so as to effectively prevent any potential hijackers from entering the vicinity.

November 13, 2012 at 2:19 a.m.
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