Authorities must continue to probe St. George airport incident

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  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 21, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Watch and listen to the Saint George City and Washington County officials. According to them, SG is a safe, happy little hamlet full of fine LDS and those who think "just like we do" .
    Hey, no problems with anything around here. One "fine gentleman on hand for security at the airport is doing a fine and thoroughly adequate job"!

  • ThatsSoUtah Fredericksburg, VA
    July 20, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    The man circumvented normal security measures that would have restricted his access based on his key card. He climbed the fence and got to the run way. A bit too easy to do? Definitely. From there, he proceeded to the plane. I don't believe commercial airplanes have locks on them or ignitions. The deterrent tends to be the fact that only knowledgeable pilots would be able to start the airplane and only after gaining access. Notice how he didn't get very far even with his skills. Planes are large and it's hard to get it into take off position alone.

    The St George airport meets and exceed all safety regulations. Should those change? Maybe. However, the fault on this can't be placed on Skywest realistically. I just hope that there isn't an overreaction and we end up with even more miserable flying experiences because of it.

    Honestly, this article screamed "be afraid, be very afraid!" There are potential problems, but nothing to get hysterical over. Regardless of security measures, a determined person will gain access and potentially cause problems.