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Breaking News on BBC now about an airline being escorted to Manchester Airport by military jets, possibly due to a suspect device on board.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28662561
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hmmmmm very strange
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At least my house isn't on any flight paths

My facebook is going crazy about it, probably just a scare though
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Most likely just a guy who didn't get the service he felt he deserved from the stews, so made a stupid comment that's done all this... Hope he enjoys his stay in a police cell...
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I hope there isn't an explosive end to it
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Best thing about stories like this are the comments the BBC site invites in from people nearby...

"I am on a flight path so you blank planes out but this was different. I knew it was a jet because the sound was so different."

Chloe Page-Barker, 16, from Hyde, was walking home from her friend's home when she saw the jet escorting the passenger plane.
"I thought it was a starling or something,"
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BBC are saying it was escorted due to a passenger making a hoax bomb threat.
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RAF jet been scrambled to escort the plane due to a 'device onboard'- i always wonder about the purpose of this , would the uk government really order the jet to blow up a passenger plane in this case?
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
RAF jet been scrambled to escort the plane due to a 'device onboard'- i always wonder about the purpose of this , would the uk government really order the jet to blow up a passenger plane in this case?
If it looked like being taken out of the control of the pilots and heading towards a population centre for a 9/11-type attack, then yes, that's the intention of it.
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If it looked like being taken out of the control of the pilots and heading towards a population centre for a 9/11-type attack, then yes, that's the intention of it.
it would be difficult to acertain for sure if a plane was not in control of pilots, if it was heading toward a city airport. i wonder if its jsut posturing, it would be a massive decsion to shoot a plane full of people out of the sky, or even at what point they would do so
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
it would be difficult to acertain for sure if a plane was not in control of pilots, if it was heading toward a city airport. i wonder if its jsut posturing, it would be a massive decsion to shoot a plane full of people out of the sky, or even at what point they would do so
We don't really have any airports right in the middle of cities though, aside from London City. And there are ways of working out who's there in the cockpit. Among them is to have a look, hence why the planes go up. As a deterrence plan it works pretty well.
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(Original post by Drewski)
We don't really have any airports right in the middle of cities though, aside from London City. And there are ways of working out who's there in the cockpit. Among them is to have a look, hence why the planes go up. As a deterrence plan it works pretty well.
i dont think nutcase terrorist will care if he gets blown up in the air or crashing to the ground, he may only be upset that he didnt kill more people, but he still makes his 'statement in his head'. so i doubt it is a major deterrent
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
i dont think nutcase terrorist will care if he gets blown up in the air or crashing to the ground, he may only be upset that he didnt kill more people, but he still makes his 'statement in his head'. so i doubt it is a major deterrent
So we should just allow them to carry on and kill potentially thousands by smashing into a city? No, we should have some form of plan ready, this is it.

It also is likely to deter the more impressionable out there.
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So we should just allow them to carry on and kill potentially thousands by smashing into a city? No, we should have some form of plan ready, this is it.

It also is likely to deter the more impressionable out there.
to me it seems like a pointless excersise, jsut posturing. id highly doubt any western government would have the nuts to order a jet strike on a passenger airline regardless (perhaps only in the circumstance that they 100% knew the aim of any confirmed terrorist flying the plane - which they would never know)
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
to me it seems like a pointless excersise, jsut posturing. id highly doubt any western government would have the nuts to order a jet strike on a passenger airline regardless
You got a better idea?
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You got a better idea?
Nope, apart from pressing for more stringent security in middle eastern and terrorist hotspot airports, or getting tough on those countries diplomatically to do so. but it will never fully solve the problem . Im just pointing out the reality. it was all the more stupid in this case seeing it was a confirmed 'bomb' threat' hence what is a jet going to do about this??


Update man arrested off the plane for hoax bomb threat, not clear who he is, from photos looks like a white guy, not an arab. perhaps jsut a drunken northern idiot
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Somehow I think I'm gonna give air travel a miss for a while...
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
Nope, apart from pressing for more stringent security in middle eastern and terrorist hotspot airports, or getting tough on those countries diplomatically to do so. but it will never fully solve the problem . Im just pointing out the reality. it was all the more stupid in this case seeing it was a confirmed 'bomb' threat' hence what is a jet going to do about this??
And how do they know at the time it was only a hoax threat? Have to treat it seriously until such time that it's known not to be serious, which was after the jet was scrambled.
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And how do they know at the time it was only a hoax threat? Have to treat it seriously until such time that it's known not to be serious, which was after the jet was scrambled.
the pilot called in a bomb threat, thats why they scrambled a jet, that it was a hoax wasnt my point, if it was an on-plane bomb , what would a fighter jet do?
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(Original post by Meenglishnogood)
the pilot called in a bomb threat, thats why they scrambled a jet, that it was a hoax wasnt my point, if it was an on-plane bomb , what would a fighter jet do?
Exactly this:

Passenger who saw the alleged hoaxer's face as the Tornado jet pitched up alongside the plane. "He was like 'oh ****'."


But again, what would you rather them do? Ignore it? If you have an incident happening in the air do you really not want to have anybody close to it?
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