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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 18, @11:59PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the Pew!-Pew!-Pew! dept.

FedEx Asks Permission to Install Anti-Missile Lasers on Its Cargo Jet:

FedEx has asked the US Federal Aviation Administration if it could install anti-missile lasers on cargo jets, according to a request filed earlier this month. The FAA request is set to be published on the public register next week.

Heat-seeking missiles detect and target heat from cargo jet engines, and because these planes are less maneuverable that a fighter jet, they're hard to shake off. Gizmodo reports that anti-missile lasers act like a distraction, shining an infrared laser directly at the missile to disrupt its ability to track a heat signature.

Although it may seem out of left field, supply chain issues have been causing food and product shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Last year, hackers even deployed ransomware attacks on a major agricultural services provider. With those cyberpunk logistics challenges in mind, FedEx's application makes a little more sense.

"In recent years, in several incidents abroad, civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defense systems," the application letter reads.

[...] When FedEx first tested similar equipment back in 2008, CBS reported the lasers were eye-safe. In addition, Gizmodo reports that the current application includes new features, reporting and important safety information for airline crew. The lasers really shouldn't pose a problem to civilians on the ground, then, and it makes us wonder — should all passenger planes have this tech?


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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @12:03AM (41 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @12:03AM (#1213719) Homepage Journal

    "What do you do for a living, Old Man?"

    "I'm a retired Air Crew Weapons Officer."

    "Oh, you're Air Force, or Navy?"

    "No no, Fedex!"

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @12:15AM (39 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @12:15AM (#1213721) Journal

      You are never, ever, ever going to get to fire weapons in a military or corporate context, you inbred, color-blind derptard. Deal with it already.

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      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:20AM (6 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:20AM (#1213724)

        The military doesn't hire transvestites either, so you'll both be sitting on the porch of the old folks home reminiscing about unemployment. You make such a cute couple.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @12:40AM (5 children)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @12:40AM (#1213735) Journal

          Hey, I *like* some articles of mens' clothing, okay? They're better built than what gets marketed to us and steel-toed workboots are awesome. That doesn't make me a cross-dresser, it makes me someone who likes durability in her clothes.

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          • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:01AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:01AM (#1213737)

            I can't blame you. How do so many women live without usable pockets?

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:02AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:02AM (#1213746)

              They want you instead to wear a giant pocket called a "purse." Alternatively you can just have your boy toy carry stuff for you.

          • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Wednesday January 19, @01:18AM (1 child)

            by krishnoid (1156) on Wednesday January 19, @01:18AM (#1213741)

            Marketed to us ... lesbians (is that right? I'm getting a weak neuron fire on that one), or us women? Seems like there's a huge market gap for women who want the functionality and durability of men's work clothes, but want a little more female-oriented, er, fit? Fashion? Not sure, but something that better matches women's needs/preferences.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:30AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:30AM (#1213744)

            I never understood 'boy shoes'.

            Feet are just feet, right?

            (That and women have been conditioned to cripple themselves from a young age by walking in heels.)

      • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @01:22AM (30 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @01:22AM (#1213742) Homepage Journal

        You haven't been paying attention all these years? I'm less inbred than you are, little Icky van Icky.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ2wiXF5x4Y [youtube.com]

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:13AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:13AM (#1213748)

          Yet still so stupid. Maybe Polish genetics are garbage which would explain why the Germans invaded, what with their love of eugenics and all.

          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:54AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:54AM (#1213760)

            Racissss bastid.

        • (Score: 5, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @02:18AM (27 children)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @02:18AM (#1213749) Journal

          Considering my ancestry is best described as "throw darts at a map of Europe and probably there's a great-great-etc-grandparent wherever one lands" I'm not seeing the inbredness you're accusing me of.

          You, on the other hand, deliberately chose to live in the Peoples' Republic of Cousinfuckistan, which as far as I'm concerned gives you an honorary case of aneuploidy :D Face it, you're not gonna win this one. Or any other one. Lie down and try not to drown on your own spit, grandpa.

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          • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @02:53AM (22 children)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @02:53AM (#1213759) Homepage Journal

            There's no "win" here. You're of European stock, exclusively. My ancestry goes back all over Europe, with a bit of Native American thrown in. I am less inbred than you. And, FYI, your silly stereotype of inbred Arkies is both wrong, and misapplied to me. I wasn't born here, I came here to introduce new DNA to the local population.

            You could try to get your terms and your stereotypes in order.

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            • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @04:20AM (3 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @04:20AM (#1213778)

              with a bit of Native American thrown in

              Ok, Pocahontas. Just like every other white person in the USA.

              • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @04:40AM (2 children)

                by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @04:40AM (#1213781) Homepage Journal

                I'm not a Democrat for starters. Nor have I ever used my heritage to get a scholarship, or any other edge on my peers. Thanks for playing though!

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                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:01PM (1 child)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:01PM (#1213874)

                  With the notable exception of just now, right?

                  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:49PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:49PM (#1213886)

                    idiot

            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @05:42PM (17 children)

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @05:42PM (#1213883) Journal

              You have cultivated the sister-rapist within, as it were, is my point :) And you just...keep...doing it! Ahh, the zeal of the (relatively) newly-converted...

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              I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
              • (Score: 0, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @05:52PM (16 children)

                by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @05:52PM (#1213887) Homepage Journal

                So you fall into the "all-heterosexual relations are rape" camp.

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                • (Score: 2, Troll) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @08:13PM (15 children)

                  by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @08:13PM (#1213924) Journal

                  No, just most of what goes on south of the Mason-Dixon line, LOL. Explains how there are so many of you idiots. God, I hope the 'rona does to the South what Lincoln was too kind to. Make sure you go to Sturgis this year, okay?

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                  I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday January 19, @10:24PM (14 children)

                    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @10:24PM (#1213967) Homepage Journal

                    OK, so you're just going back to your earlier post, where you display your ignorance by repeating a tired old retarded stereotype. Got it. It's your choice to remain ignorant, of course, but that ain't how real life is.

                    If you weren't so afraid of life, maybe you would come to the south, tour it, and find out what it is really like. It's not so different from western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinoi. Or, for that matter, upstate New York - just with less liberal nonsense. For evidence, I'll offer the fact that Arkansas and New York are both guilty of sending worthless SOBs to the state capitols, as well as to Washington, D.C. You just send more worthless SOBs because you have so many more than Arkansas has.

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                    • (Score: 1, Troll) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday January 21, @05:02PM (13 children)

                      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 21, @05:02PM (#1214534) Journal

                      Real life speaks for itself. The South is a collection of traitorous seditious shitholes and has been since before the Civil War. There is going to be a housing crisis in Hell when nature does to you what Lincoln should have all those decades ago.

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                      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                      • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Friday January 21, @05:33PM (12 children)

                        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 21, @05:33PM (#1214543) Homepage Journal

                        Keep talking out your ass, while you continue to make excuses for the real racists in this country - the DNC.

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                        Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
                        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday January 23, @06:24AM (11 children)

                          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 23, @06:24AM (#1214925) Journal

                          Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, but you're drowning in it just the same. Don't say I didn't warn you...!

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                          I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                          • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Sunday January 23, @02:07PM (10 children)

                            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 23, @02:07PM (#1214990) Homepage Journal

                            Oh, you just can't let this one go, can you? ROFLMAO

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                            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday January 24, @05:57AM (9 children)

                              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 24, @05:57AM (#1215208) Journal

                              Why should I? :) You never seem to goddamn learn: engaging with me, taking my bait, is like stepping into a tar pit. You keep flailing and struggling, and just get yourself deeper into the muck.

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                              I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
                              • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, @07:54AM

                                by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, @07:54AM (#1215222)

                                You were born in the muck, molded by it.

                              • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Monday January 24, @01:14PM (7 children)

                                by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 24, @01:14PM (#1215243) Homepage Journal

                                I thought the tar baby story was racisssss? Whatever, Auntie Remus!

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                                • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday January 24, @05:29PM (6 children)

                                  by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 24, @05:29PM (#1215294) Journal

                                  You'd need to ask a sabertoothed cat about that one, you whiny little pissbaby :) And you...keep...doing it! When you die, I bet I could turn you into a zombie by taking my laptop to your grave site and replying to one of your old comments!

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                                  • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Monday January 24, @06:00PM (5 children)

                                    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 24, @06:00PM (#1215310) Homepage Journal

                                    Tarbaby!! ROFLMAO

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                                    • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday January 25, @03:57AM (4 children)

                                      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 25, @03:57AM (#1215459) Journal

                                      Tar *pit,* Runaway. I know you don't read so good, but *do* try not to make a complete moron out of yourself in publ--oh. Guess that horse bolted a while ago, huh? :/

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                                      • (Score: 1, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 25, @06:11AM (3 children)

                                        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 25, @06:11AM (#1215493) Homepage Journal
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                                        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday January 25, @06:39PM (2 children)

                                          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 25, @06:39PM (#1215645) Journal

                                          You're the gift that keeps on giving :) You would claw your way back out of the grave just to have the last word.

                                          I am going to test that. I will find where they bury your corona-ridden corpse in 2025, bring my laptop, login to SN, and reply to one of your last posts. I fully expect you to shamble out of the grave, still smoking with hellfire, and post a reply!

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                                          • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 25, @06:43PM (1 child)

                                            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 25, @06:43PM (#1215648) Homepage Journal

                                            No hellfire, unless my fleet of drones remains intact, in which case I'll fire a hellfire missile up your arse. You are well and truly fixated on the hellfire and damnation schtick.

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                                            • (Score: 1, Troll) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday January 25, @09:02PM

                                              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 25, @09:02PM (#1215674) Journal

                                              LOL, like I said, you are never, ever, ever going to get your hands on any rooty tooty point'n'shooties outside your own collection, and never in any context more purposeful than hunting, if you're even capable of that any longer.

                                              What's the matter, Runaway, getting mad? You're making threats now :) And remember, Hell is within you. You have made Hell, and you will find yourself in it for however long you need to be until you unmake it. Don't blame me for your own lack of understanding, or humanity.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:25AM (3 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:25AM (#1213795)

            "throw darts at a map of Europe"

            Azuma Hazuki is a Finnish name? I always assumed you were Japanese.

            • (Score: 1) by didymus on Wednesday January 19, @10:17AM (1 child)

              by didymus (16209) on Wednesday January 19, @10:17AM (#1213815)

              Would it be too much to ask, that comments stay on topic? Everyone's respective ancestry is very interesting (not), but I seem to remember that this is how the movie "Castaway", starring Tom Hanks and Wilson, began.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:55PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:55PM (#1213848)

                Ancestry gets rather complicated, in large part because most modern nations didn't exist a few hundred years ago, leading to new ethnicities that don't match up very well with genetics. On top of that, there was a fair amount of movement within the various continents due to pressure from famine, drought or war. On top of that, there's also which cultural beliefs a given family chose to prioritize over the others. Most of my ancestry comes from Scandinavia, but virtually all the non-American cultural values I have come from Germany. Which isn't quite right, as only one of my ancestors was living in the area that's now Germany after it became a nation.

            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday January 19, @05:31PM

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @05:31PM (#1213880) Journal

              ...right, because this is my real name. Definitely. Absolutely. Has nothing at all to do with a story that resonated with me back in high school my first serious girlfriend showed me. Noooope.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:13PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:13PM (#1213904)

        At this point, I'm more than half convinced that Runaway and Azuma are both accounts run by the same individual, just for 'the lulz'.

        No other theory has been able to explain what I see across multiple stories and comment threads nearly as well.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:22AM (#1213725)

      This is how Robocop started. You start with putting anti-missile lasers on cargo planes, and you end up with corporate machine gun wielding robots.

  • (Score: 2) by gznork26 on Wednesday January 19, @12:15AM (6 children)

    by gznork26 (1159) on Wednesday January 19, @12:15AM (#1213720) Homepage Journal

    Surely, if whoever intends to shoot down a FedEx jet is serious, they'd soon begin deploying countermeasures to defeat the laser. What would that look like? Malware in whatever computer controlled the laser? But why stop there? If a 3rd party can take control of the FedEx laser, could it be used for some other purpose during flight?

    This could get interesting.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:23AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:23AM (#1213727)

      Yes, never underestimate the ingenuity of UPS.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:04AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:04AM (#1213739)

      Wouldn't the simpler countermeasure be 1 more missile than the plane has lasers?

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:34AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:34AM (#1213784)

        The laser works by blinding the missile, so one laser can kill multiple missiles.

        • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Wednesday January 19, @07:30AM (2 children)

          by maxwell demon (1608) on Wednesday January 19, @07:30AM (#1213796) Journal

          Can't you just equip the missiles with laser safety glasses?

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          The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:18PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:18PM (#1213828)

            It's an interesting problem. I don't know how heat seekers work other than they use "IR" detectors ("IR" is a very overloaded term that could be LWIR or MWIR - I'm assuming we're not talking SWIR), but if they are "heat seeking" then they are most likely LWIR sensors ("thermal IR", since those sensors are cheap and easy to get). If you put laser safety goggles on them, you are putting filters on that dramatically knock down the signal in certain wavelengths. but that means you are also knocking down the signal you're trying to observe. If you know what the laser wavelength is, you could put a notch filter that is tuned for that wavelength, but that doesn't help if you are using multiple lasers. Things like custom notch filters are not necessarily cheap either. You could certainly come up with a way to make a sophisticated system to defeat whatever defensive system they are using, but they're going after the cheap-and-easy stuff you can get on the black market here. What I find interesting is whether these laser systems work better than the old-school method of firing magnesium flares out the side, or if they are meant to operate in parallel. Or, perhaps, it isn't common or practical for these cargo planes to always shoot flares out when they take off and they're really addressing the threat of a shoulder-mounted missile launcher used in a non-combat zone.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:23PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:23PM (#1213838)

              Effectiveness depends on the missile, but there are other factors.

              A major one is that magnesium flares are a major fire hazard both for the aircraft itself and when used close to the ground. Decoy flares contain perchlorate based oxidizer, which is toxic. This makes maintenance more expensive and riskier. Solid state lasers only need to be powered down to be safe to handle.

              Flares can also only be used once, so an attacker only needs to set the system off shortly before the actual attack to be successful. A laser can fire as many times as needed.

              There is also the cost of retrofitting and recertifying the aircraft. A laser can be installed in the tail cone or co-mounted with an engine. Flare droppers are usually placed in the underside of the wings, which is much more involved.

  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Wednesday January 19, @12:23AM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday January 19, @12:23AM (#1213728) Journal

    Or are they just asking for a friend [wikimedia.org]?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:21AM (#1213751)

    This makes about as much sense as asking if CS teachers need to know CS.

    FedEx doesn't need lasers, instead, they need to put places where they think they need them in FedEx timeout.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:24AM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:24AM (#1213752)

    the last time a jet was shot down over some place that wasn't a 3rd world shithole was when?

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @03:09AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @03:09AM (#1213768)

      Well, Sleepy Joe is intent on turning the US into a 3rd world shithole.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:14PM (#1213964)

        Treasonous Trump beat him to it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:39AM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @05:39AM (#1213786)

      I believe that was MH17 [wikipedia.org] in 2014.

      • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Wednesday January 19, @07:51AM (4 children)

        by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @07:51AM (#1213802)

        There's a whole list [wikipedia.org] of shot down planes, currently the last were in 2020, depending on your definition of 3rd world shithole.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:27AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @10:27AM (#1213816)

          1947 Roswell, New Mexico is notoriously absent.

          Surely it should be in the public record by now. Any of the conspirators are well into their 90s by now.

          • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Wednesday January 19, @11:42AM (1 child)

            by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 19, @11:42AM (#1213822)

            The question was about passenger planes. We don't know if civilians were shot down in Roswell.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:30PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:30PM (#1213831)

              Roswell was most likely an alien tourist bus on a cruise excursion, so I think it should count as a passenger flight.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:37PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:37PM (#1213841)

          I'll grant that Iran isn't 3rd world, so Flight 752 qualifies.

  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Wednesday January 19, @05:14AM

    by anubi (2828) on Wednesday January 19, @05:14AM (#1213783) Journal

    https://trakt.tv/shows/mayday/seasons/3/episodes/2 [trakt.tv]

    I don't blame FedEx. I'd be gun shy too.

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  • (Score: 2) by srobert on Wednesday January 19, @03:26PM (2 children)

    by srobert (4803) on Wednesday January 19, @03:26PM (#1213854)

    What do you mean, "they're asking permission"? The 2nd amendment guarantees ...

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Wednesday January 19, @06:19PM

      by Freeman (732) on Wednesday January 19, @06:19PM (#1213894) Journal

      Corporations "are people" after all, right? That would be a very stupid line of reasoning, but perhaps legal? Just because it's stupid, doesn't mean it's illegal. I mean, look at all the people who still smoke, even after so many studies have shown that, yes it causes cancer. Sure, some people don't get cancer until their 80s/90s/nearly dead anyway, but seriously, smoking is dumb.

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    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Wednesday January 19, @09:27PM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Wednesday January 19, @09:27PM (#1213951) Journal

      This is about weapons on airplanes. Have you ever tried to test the 2nd amendment on airplanes? If so, you probably didn't get on board. :-)

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