Fasten your seat belts

WNBC reports the latest good news in commercial aviation:

Anti-missile systems will be put on several passenger planes flying in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said Friday…Three of the anti-missile systems will be placed on American Airlines flights flying between JFK and airports in California, officials said. It is the first time passenger planes will be outfitted with the technology. Military jets have the equipment and there were recent tests on non-passenger cargo flights…

The program is a test to see if the anti-missile systems are effective in helping prevent a terrorist from using a shoulder-fired missile to shoot down a passenger jet. Shoulder fired missiles can be referred to as MANPADS, man portable air defense systems.

New cabin announcement: “In preparation for take off, please make sure that your seat is in its upright and locked position, your tray tables are stowed, and all electronic devices are in the off position, including iPods, cells phones and any devices that can remotely trigger MANPADS or other man portable air defense systems.” Feel better about flying now?

One Response to “Fasten your seat belts”

  1. Sue Says:

    Anti-missile systems will be put on several passenger planes flying in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport.
    Great news.

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