Weird Terrorist Threat Story from the Raleigh Airport
This is all strange:
In a telephone interview, Fischvogt also told me, "we received word from the pilot about the suspicious activity before the flight landed." Fischvogt explained that when Flight 518 landed, it sat on the tarmac for 45 minutes before FBI "took jurisdiction," boarded the plane and arrested two people. DHS and local law enforcement were also present on the tarmac but "FBI took over the sight and the situation," Fischvogt said.
"Wait a minute," I asked, "The passengers were stuck inside the plane with two bad guys for 45 minutes before law enforcement boarded the aircraft?" I wanted to make sure I heard Fischvogt correctly.
"Yes," Fischvogt confirmed.
Consider the agencies present 24/7 at the federalized Raleigh-Durham International Airport: FBI, DHS, (TSA & Federal Air Marshal Service), Joint Terrorism Task Force, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) and airport police. And yet it took seven law enforcement agencies some forty-five minutes to put a single officer on the plane to counter the threat and secure the aircraft?
My analysis is that the delay was caused by FBI and DHS fighting over who had jurisdiction; protocol over 'acts of air piracy' are a constant source of bickering between the two agencies and have been the subject of at least one DHS Inspector General's Report.
Of course the threat was a false alarm, but still....
EDITED TO ADD (10/9): Read the comments. The author of this blog seems to be a fear-mongering nutcase. (I should have read more about the source before posting this.)
Posted on October 8, 2007 at 1:56 PM • 30 Comments