On Sunday, July 31, 2017 an ISIS plot to gas an Australian plane was uncovered and nefarious activity was thwarted. According to sources, Australian authorities have made several arrests in connection with the plan to gas an airplane and take control of it by two Lebanese men, Khaled Mahmoud Khayat and Mahmoud Kayat, (relationship unknown).
Though the Australian authorities are remaining tight-lipped about the intricacies of this terrorist plot, one thing is for sure, and that is that ISIS is stepping up to the level of other terrorist organizations in their desire to target civilians and the hijacking of airplanes as weapons. because of this you must be prepared for anything to happen anywhere. This is especially true when you are on vacation. So, here are three things you need to do to prepare to fly safely.
1. Get your mind right. You have to realize that the authorities can't protect you. they do a great job of investigating your death, and notifying your next of kin, but when the chips are down you cannot depend on an air marshal or a Navy Seal to be on hand to intervene for you. Have a plan to protect yourself and others with directed violence when need be.
2. Keep supplies on hand. We know now that gas is a possible weapon of choice to incapacitate you so be prepared for it. A gasmask isn't the only protection from gas. Originally, soldiers in WWI used urine soaked rags to protect themselves from the effects of chemical weapons. Over the next several blogs we will go over non-conventional chemical weapon defense.
3. Pay attention to those around you. I get very frustrated, when traveling, by the lack of eye contact I get from the general public. I can always recognize my fellow warriors because we stare at each other for a brief second, sizing each other up, and finally dismissing the situation with a courteous nod before going on our way. Look at people, trust your senses, watch for dangerous people who would do you harm if given the chance.