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Pilots' Union Warns of Possible Terrorist 'Dry Runs'
ORLANDO (WKRC) -- A U.S. Airlines Pilots Association memo warns of possible 'dry runs' by terrorists on U.S. flights.
The memo says "there have been several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in-flight threat."
The pilots believe the most recent dry run occurred September 2 on a flight from D.C. to Orlando. The memo says that shortly after takeoff a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion.
While one of them ran from his seat to the bathroom and remained there for a considerable amount of time. Meanwhile, the other three moved about the cabin changing seats, opening overhead bins and "generally making a scene." The memo said they appeared to be trying to distract the flight attendants.
US Airways and the Transportation Security Administration confirmed the incident. US Airways said it won't discuss the details of security measures, but that it works closely with authorities.
Wolf Koch, who flies Boeing 767s for Delta Airlines and is the Aviation Security Committee Chairman for another union, the Air Line Pilots Association International, says many flight crews are concerned the planning may already be underway for a 9/11-type attack.
(Information from USA Today and WTSP)