How stupid can we get?Here is a flight from LAX to the UK. The crew see a suspicious person board apparently bypassing security. So they abort the flight and land at JFK where the passenger was removed. It was a false alarm, as he was an employee, but it was lauded as the right thing to do. Read here.
Now again I mentioned this to someone else and they agreed that it was the right thing to do. Better safe than sorry and all that. I'm starting to seriously consider how bright some people are especially as I am supposed to be working with professional people.
If the crew were so concerned why didn't they just investigate at the time? Why wait till they are in the air?
Why didn't they contact the company as he had used an employee bus? Might that have been a clue?
If it had been a terrorist being in the air over the ocean may be preferred but when the plane is clearly landing then anywhere in the air is a good a place to do your thing.
Of course I'm making the assumption that this will cost American Airlines some serious dosh especially in this time of depressed profits. I'm willing to bet these companies are getting fed up with all this and these sort of things are not going to look good at review time. The government cock ups they can't do anything about but the pilots they sure can.
In the meantime I am getting really concerned about why I need to explain everything to ordinarily bright people. We clearly are getting to the situation where everything is just accepted without question at all walks of life. Won't be long before there are few enough of us awkward b4$^4&ds so they can just round us up and throw away they key. Better safe than sorry.