Death jets

Death jets
: FoxNews just reported that Continental canceled another flight — this one domestic, between Washington and Houston, because of specific terrorism threats.

And today Sen. Jay Rockefeller hinted that all these threats are biological.

Asked about reports that a biological or chemical agent might be used in an attack on a U.S.-bound airline, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, said the United States would have no way to counter such moves.

“I don’t think so, and that’s partly the problem of not checking cargo, and it’s partly the problem of biological weapons, which nobody has figured out really what to do about yet,” Rockefeller told “Fox News Sunday.” “Nobody has any idea about what to do about them on an airplane or on the ground.”

All this would be just too absurd if we had not witnessed what we witnessed two years ago.

I’m supposed to fly to San Diego next weekend but if we hear much more of this, I’m not so sure.

: News.com.au reports:

Intelligence experts reportedly said threats could include the release of a biological agent on a plane so those aboard would spread the infection without knowing it.

: UPDATE: Washington Post story on the Continental cancelation.

  • Jeff B.

    I wouldn’t let this, however worrisome (and it is indeed deeply worrisome), cancel your plans, Jeff. These are all transatlantic flights, yours is only transcontinental. Your flight fits the wrong profile for a targeted one (unless the bad guys suddenly decided to change M.O…).
    Still, I understand your instinctive reservations about…well, your reservations.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    thanks, jeff, but this latest flight is just domestic: d.c. to houston.

  • Andy Freeman

    > Intelligence experts reportedly said threats could include the release of a biological agent on a plane so those aboard would spread the infection without knowing it.
    Unless said agent requires hours of exposure, that plan would be more effectively implemented by releasing stuff in an airport or major train station than a plane.

  • Jeff B.

    “thanks, jeff, but this latest flight is just domestic: d.c. to houston.”
    Cripes. Well, that’s it. Trains from now on.
    Actually, I won’t let this restrict my flying, joking aside. That might not actually be the most rational response to such a threat, if uncontrolled, but still feel it’s the proper one.

  • Tonto

    Remember, Al Queda’s M.O. is to use commercial airliners as weapons, perhaps in this case as a CBR (chemical, biological or radiological) bomb. Fill the cabin with a low-mass CBR agent … say, anthrax … and crash the plane into ( or, alternatively, blow up the plane over) a densely populated area. That would disperse the agent very effectively.

  • Joe Peden

    The fact that our intelligence [yes, that's "intelligence"] indicates a possible increased threat has nothing to do with the fact that the threat always exists, regardless.
    And it existed prior to 9/11, as demonstrated.
    But, if you are worried about dying in the cabin sometime over the next two weeks, as opposed to dying while driving a motor vehicle at any time, then this worry is exaggerated, I believe.
    I would fly, and offer to fly with you, though this might not be logistically possible.
    [Kidding on]I will bring my gas/biologic mask so that I can get the full experience.