18th Apr 2018
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What's the protocol if a bomb is discovered onboard your plane?
What's the protocol if a bomb is discovered onboard your plane?

It’s every traveller’s worst fear – a bomb found on a plane – and in the age of ‘the war on terror’ and the real or perceived threat of terrorism, it may be a far-fetched notion, but one for which airlines nonetheless have a contingency plan.

Many people may think that September 11, 2001 was the obvious catalyst for this line of thinking, but the truth is that every plane built since 1972 has a designated ‘Least Bomb Risk Location’ which the manufacturer has decided will be safest should an explosive device detonate on board.

It’s not public knowledge where these locations are exactly, and they quite possibly vary from plane to plane. The US Department of Transport says the spot would be somewhere a bomb could detonate and cause the least damage to critical systems and structures, and where it would significantly decrease the effects of an explosion.

According to a report in The Sun, an anonymous pilot said it’s often next to one of the rear cabin doors.

The pilot also told The Sun: “If an explosive device is found and can be carried, it will be moved to that spot and covered with materials or furnishings [like suitcases or ripped-up chairs] that would help mitigate any blast effects.”

Supposedly, smothering the bomb would force the explosion outwards, rather than in towards passengers.

“The pilots would also descend the aircraft and depressurise the cabin, most likely,” the pilot added.

“The device would not be intentionally detonated [though].

“The idea would be to land and evacuate the passengers as quickly as possible.”

While it’s potentially worrying for anyone booking a flight with only rear seats available, it’s comforting to think that there’s a plan for the worst possible scenario in the sky.

Were you aware of the Least Bomb Risk Location? Will it prevent you from taking a back seat?

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    Hardworker
    21st Apr 2018
    8:44am
    While this might be an interesting article it is not very comforting if you happen to be seated at the rear of a very full plane. After all, if you do make it to landing, every passenger, including the crew, need to be seated with their seat belts on. There is no such thing as relocating people on a full plane. No more scary articles please!
    zeus
    21st Apr 2018
    10:31am
    Agree! So, there goes that old theory about the rear of a plane being the safest place to be...is there anywhere safe to travel anymore? Although that's the last thing anyone should be thinking about, it's still a thought. Isn't it? Dear Lord!
    Old Man
    21st Apr 2018
    3:58pm
    That theory, zeus, came from the idea that the back was safest because nobody had ever heard of a plane backing into a mountain.
    Bones
    21st Apr 2018
    11:28am
    What a load of bolax! This comes from a pilot talking to the sun newspaper ????
    There is so much more to all this and, this is hardly the place to even think about it.
    Just remember though, if you see someome with 'bomb disposal' printed on their jacket running, it might be best for you to do the same.
    Old Man
    21st Apr 2018
    3:57pm
    The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.

    Benny Hill


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