This is going to be a very quick note in relation to the recent foiled terror plot. Bombs have been found on US bound planes. One was found on a cargo aircraft in Britain, and one in Dubai.
As a fearful flyer, it’s very easy to see these reports and relate it to a passenger flight. If a bomb can get onboard a cargo flight, surely it can get onto a passenger flight?
This is categorically not true. Cargo flights are not subject to the same security standards as a passenger flight. This has been an issue for a while, and it appears the terrorists have picked up on this, and probably led to the decision to specifically use cargo flights.
The bombs were addressed to two synagogues in the US, and these were the likely targets.
Does this security breach need to be addressed? Absolutely. But, it does not affect passenger flights at all.
The packages would have been subject to much more stringent security checks if they were being loaded onto a passenger flight and would not have made it onto the aircraft.
I cannot stress this point enough. This attempted terrorist attack would not have been possible on a passenger flight.