Well, here’s a new take on air security. Dismantle all that TSA apparatus and stock airports with black goats! Imagine how safe and secure you would feel crossing the tarmac to board that flight and spotting the goat’s carcass and the blood flowing out. Now way could that plane possibly crash now!
Seriously, this highlights the fact that the West is facing now, and will increasingly face in the future, a clash of two vastly different views of the world and of reality itself. To think that Western countries can admit large numbers of people with such an enormously different mindset and that there will be no civil strife or upheaval is naive. And no, I don’t think that every Muslim migrant thinks that sacrificing a black goat will keep an air flight safe. But to assume that this incident is not indicative of a massively different perspective and worldview would likewise be naive.
“PIA: on a wing and a prayer,” by Mohammad Asghar, Dawn, December 18, 2016:
RAWALPINDI: In an effort to seek divine intervention to keep a flight safe and secure, staff of the Pakistan International Airlines sacrificed a black goat for ‘sadqa’ near an ATR-42 aircraft after it was given clearance for take-off from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday.
Later the plane left for Multan, making it the first ATR-42 aircraft to be pressed into service since the start of shakedown tests on all such aircraft in the wake of an air crash near Havelian on Dec 7.
According to a spokesman for the national flag carrier, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had decided to ground the ATR-42 fleet until all its aircraft had been subjected to the shakedown tests and cleared for flight operations.
The grounding of the ATR fleet had badly affected the PIA’s flights to and from cities and towns like Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur, Moenjodaro, Zhob, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Chitral and Gilgit.
The people wishing to board flights in these cities and towns had been advised to check status of their flights from the PIA Call Centre, at 111-786-786, before leaving for the airports.
The process for carrying out the shakedown tests of the ATR aircraft is still continuing, according to a source.
The CAA staff and personnel of the PIA’s quality control department are taking part in the process under which each of the aircraft will be examined thoroughly….