AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: DATE: 7/25/2004 03:38:00 PM ----- BODY:

Here It Comes

Scouting Jetliners for New Attacks
"Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack. At least two midflight incidents have involved numerous men of Middle Eastern descent behaving in what one pilot called 'stereotypical' behavior of an organized attempt to attack a plane. 'No doubt these are dry runs for a terrorist attack,' an air marshal said... A second pilot said that, on one of his recent flights, an air marshal forced his way into the lavatory at the front of his plane after a man of Middle Eastern descent locked himself in for a long period. The marshal found the mirror had been removed and the man was attempting to break through the wall. The cockpit was on the other side... 'It's a probe. They are probing us,' said a second air marshal, who confirmed that Middle Eastern men try to flush out marshals by rushing the cockpit and stopping suddenly."
What this means, in my opinion, is that the impending terrorist attack will not involve airplanes. Is anyone else having this idea? Anyone? I don't know what's worse--the frustration, or the fear.