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Terrorists stealing airline uniforms and credentials, pilot group says

Wednesday, July 3, 2002
BY DANIEL G. FRICKER
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER


Suspected terrorists have been breaking into flight crews' hotel rooms in the United States and elsewhere with increasing frequency during the last year and stealing crew uniforms, credentials and passports, a key security official said Wednesday.

The break-ins have become such a problem that the Air Lines Pilots Association, which represents 66,000 commercial pilots, is holding daily discussions with FBI counter-terrorism experts, said Capt. Steve Luckey, chairman of ALPA's national security committee and a retired Northwest Airlines pilot.

``They could be used as a model to manufacture a series of uniforms so they could outfit a crew or they could steal enough of them to outfit a crew,'' Luckey said.

The FBI declined to confirm or deny whether the agency is investigating, a spokeswoman in Washington said.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which oversees aviation security, referred questions to the FBI.

``We may have comments at a later time,'' TSA spokeswoman Deirdre O'Sullivan said. ``But I can advise that right now we have no comment.''

The report comes as aviation security officials prepared for possible terrorist attacks during the July 4 holiday.

On Tuesday. union leaders representing 6,500 Northwest Airlines pilots warned the pilots that ``mideastern-looking males and females'' may be watching flight crews at hotels, restaurants and bars in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

The ALPA council representing Northwest pilots posted the warning on its Web site and 800- number and sent e-mails to the pilots.

``The persons conducting the surveillance seem to pay special attention to air crew luggage and conversations,'' the warning said.

The warning comes after United and American Airlines crews suspected that they were being watched in those cities, Luckey said.

Hal Myers, first officer of a Northwest Airbus based at Metro, said flight crews already were vigilant.

``It was intended to really send a message to our crews not only should they be aware of the specific concern raised by the alert, but in general they should maintain the heightened state of awareness,'' he said from his home in Harrisburg, Pa.
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Don't know much about your source but in general this doesn't surprise me. Any type of shortcuts these bastards can find / use to their advantage, they will. Unis and ID cards are an easy mark...for the airlines and other, unrelated targets where such things are used as (quick) visual identifiers of "authorized personnel."
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Are terrorists TRYING to ruin the reputation of everyone else of their race and religion? You can't trust a priest now, and soon people will have sly eyes towards muslims and arabs.
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Soon?

That time is already here and it's been here since 9/11.
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The solution to this seems easy- get new uniforms and ID badges every few months. What about fingerprint identification?
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Retinal scans. Finger prints are too easy to fake.
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Hey Jonathan. You missed one....
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"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." - Mahatma Gandhi
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How long before this thread gets locked <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>Retinal scans. Finger prints are too easy to fake.</strong><hr></blockquote>

My retinas change frequently. I'm guessing other people's do, too.

Retinopathy is pretty common. Ever hear of Macular Degeneration, torn retinas, retinitis pigmintosis, and so on?

I know MANY, MANY people I work with are afflicted with these and other diseases, just like myself.
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