Terrorism and High-Jacking
Your penknives, gels, drinks, tweezers and all of the other innocent items that have been banned by airlines are just another smoke screen to pacify the public and for the airlines to at least be seen to be doing something.
All of these security restrictions though fail to take into consideration the simple fact that if a terrorist wanted to take control of a plane it would only take them under a minute to do so without any tools whatsoever.
The supposedly secure cockpit is not as secure as you would imagine. why? Because at times the cockpit door has to be opened, to either let a member of the cabin crew in or a member of the flight crew out.
Toilet breaks, meals, refreshments and the like all mean the door at some point will be insecure.
Remember when I said that if you are the type to step in and help or if you are an Air Marshal; then you need to sit as far forward as possible, this is why. This is where the weak link is located.
It is more likely though that the terrorists will want to destroy the plane rather than take it over and use it in a 9/11 style attack. To take over the plane they will need a team, a number of terrorists on-board to carry out the action.
To destroy the plane though it only takes one person, a suicide bomber to carry out this attack. As we have seen with the two failed attempts in the Shoe Bomber and the Underwear Bomber.
We have also seen this week the suspected on-board explosion of a bomb on a Russian passenger jet in Egypt. With lax security at airports and possible hotel employee involvement, this type of attack in the Middle East and Africa is all too possible. If this turns out to be a terrorist attack then that is now 12 since 9/11.
The other reason why working commercial passenger jets are not needed to enact 9/11 attacks is that Islamic State have their own. Have you forgotten the 11 passenger jets that have gone missing and are still missing from the Libyan airfield in 2014.
While it is only a remote possibility that these aircraft could be used to attack Western countries in a suicide attack, there is the possibility that they could be used for an attack on Middle Eastern countries.
But what about High-Jacking, a totally different concept, though still a terrifying one. These are more common; though ever so slightly and predominantly happen in the African and South American regions. The difference is that the high-jacker of today is trying to get to safety and seek asylum in other countries. Not to effect any sort of political will as in the past and certainly not to destroy the plane or kill or harm any passengers.
So what about defending yourself in these situations. If there is a terrorist team on-board with firearms or edged weapons then there will be little you can do and unless it looks like they may get control of the plane; then you should do nothing. If they have not got control of the plane then it will land at the nearest airport and from there; law enforcement will be involved in a rescue.
But here is the thing, we are talking about your life, what if; as a passenger while in the air; or hostage while on the ground, they stand you up and tell you they are going to kill you, or they start randomly killing people there and then; for whatever reason. Now that is a different story. Now you are directly, immediately in harms way and you're going to have to fight for your life; in possibly the fight of your life.
Have you trained to do so?
Have you trained to fight in confined spaces?
Have you trained for a high-jacking or terrorist takeover of a plane?
Do you want to learn how?