Northwest Flight Diverted Because A Passenger Feared A Suspicious Looking Christmas Ornament. Oy.

by Daniel Russ on January 1, 2010

Something Sort Of Like This Diverted A Flight

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A spokesman says a Northwest Airlines flight from Detroit was briefly diverted to Tennessee after someone found a suspicious package that turned out to be a Christmas ornament.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Carlos Santos wasn’t sure who found the package midway through the flight to Orlando, Fla., or why they thought it was suspicious. He says the flight was diverted “out of an abundance of caution.”

Source: AP, and Stupidity

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ceebee January 3, 2010 at 3:32 am

if the government actually did their jobs, there wouldn’t be these problems. The hijacking of airplanes are not only intentional, they are also inside jobs. The government doesn’t give a flying fig about the people. I wish people would wake up already.

Daniel Russ January 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

The fact that he was on a list and his own father turned him in and he made it onto a plane bond for the US is just unbelievable to me. They make traveling for regular people and executives difficult, but the fact that this asshat actually was allowed on a plane is inexcusable.

Does the government give a fig about the people? Not unless they are connected and have lobbyists representing them.

Wow. I actually agree with you.

Matt F. January 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The hard part here is training. How can you teach someone what is actually suspicious? I doubt they’ll make the same mistake twice if they keep their job[s].

Also, at a low level employees lacking experience are given a ten commandments that are often mostly threatening to the employee themselves. This typically leaves the employee in an over cautious state and second guessing themselves.

I personally would rather get in trouble for doing the right thing. Which in this case, clearly lacking experience, is to assume the highest threat. Subsequently, all other parties involved will react to the threat under the assumption that it is based on sound evidence.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Without knowing all of the details it’s hard to speculate, but here is my .02 anyway.

Matt F.

Daniel Russ January 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I have to agree Matt. It was always falls to the guy making less than a McDonalds employee to stop a horrific tragedy.

I just wish the rules were more intelligent. I mean imagine if Richard Reid tried to light his underwear. Airports would look like locker rooms.

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