NBC news tries to hijack helicopters

<>Just got this on a private mailing list I’m on.

Nice to hear that people are awake at the airports!

Not sure how I feel about journos taking things this far I mean, I wouldn’t send my writers our with box cutters and tell them to try and get them on a plane!

UPDATE: Take the survey on this story should the reporters have done this?
http://calacanis.weblogsinc.com/entry/3868754775465176/

> AAAE ISSUE ALERT
>
> Transportation Security Services &
>
> Non Hub/General Aviation Committees
>
> www.airportnet.org/security
>
> To: AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee
> AAAE Non Hub/General Aviation Committee
> AAAE Regulatory Membership
> From: Rebecca Morrison
> <mailto:rebecca.morrison@airportnet.org> – Staff Vice President,
> Transportation Security Policy Department, AAAE
> Re: Attempted Security Breach at GA Facility
> Date: August 11, 2004
>
> The following is a description of an incident that occurred today at
> the
> St. Louis Downtown Airport, a large GA facility. We are sharing this
> story with you as there are indications that it might be repeated
> throughout the country. We would like to thank Bob McDaniel, the
> Director
> at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, for sharing the details of the
> incident
> outlined below.
>
> Earlier today two Middle Eastern men attempted to penetrate our
> security.
> They telephoned one of my helicopter FBOs and asked about a charter
> flight. After discussion of price and directions to the business, they
> arrived an hour later. When the office agent asked how they were
> going to
> pay for the flight they produced cash. When asked for ID, they
> produced
> driver’s licenses from two different states and they were driving a car
> licensed in a third state.
>
> Things didn’t smell right so the mechanic took them into the hangar to
> see
> the aircraft while the office person called the FBI and local police.
> The
> helicopter they were going to fly was blocked in by other aircraft so
> the
> mechanic was able to stall them by having to slowly shuffle the
> blocking
> planes. Meanwhile the two men got their backpacks and odd-shaped
> luggage
> out of their car. Soon the local police arrived and they were hauled
> off
> to jail in handcuffs.
>
> After a little time behind bars, the FBI verified that the two men were
> employed by NBC New York and were on assignment to get a story of how
> easy
> it is to charter a helicopter for a terrorist attack. The men had
> stayed
> in a local hotel and purchased box cutters, leather-man knives, and
> other
> potential weapons at the local Wal-Mart using a credit card. The box
> cutters had been hidden in the lining at the bottom of the back packs
> and
> the other weapons were hidden throughout their baggage. They had
> audiotaped the telephone conversation with Arlene and were going to
> use it
> as part of a national news story about how easy it is to get
> information
> and directions to the location of the helicopter and then hijack it to
> commit a terrorist attack.
>
> I doubt they will be back at our airport soon and this is a story that
> will never be seen since they were caught. A very “well-done” to my
> FBO
> and staff and the local FBI and police response forces. We have since
> learned that we were the first airport where this had been attempted
> and
> NBC planned to attempt similar penetration stories around the country.
> Please helm me spread the word to other airports.
>
> Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.
>
> **********************************
>
> Rebecca K. Morrison
> Staff Vice President, Transportation Security Policy
> American Association of Airport Executives
> 601 Madison Street, Suite 400
> Alexandria, VA 22314
> 703 797-2524
> Fax: 703 820-1395</>

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