Addition to Mumbai security issue,1986
Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by
What is most arresting is that my mind deleted what is the logical conclusion to my message posted yesterday. Last night, while trying to fall asleep , this piece of memory reemerged to my conscience: after going back home with our flight from Bombay through Frankfurt and onto Milan, exactly one week later we heard that that same flight fell down to the ground, I can`t say now whether for a bomb or an engine breakdown. It was Pan Am flight from Bombay to Washington, which stopped on its way in Karachi, Musqat, Frankfurt.I guess some of the american that have access to news database of US newspapers could check. I`m quite sure it must have been the first Thursday of September 1986.
So, that lot of Indian concern about SECURITY was indeed well founded. I also recall that on all our flights with Indian Airlines, the national carrier for inland flights then, we had to queue at the foot of the aircraft, where all the luggage was laid down, and identify our own suitcases before they were speeded up into the belly of the plane, so that no one could check in a piece of luggage and then avoid boarding.
We are often impressed by recent facts like 9/11, but indeed security issues were already influencing travel even long ago.