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In Case of Unfriendly Skies

It wasn’t only people with a fear of flying who were horror-struck by the story that came out of Kenya in late 2002. Even the hardiest traveler couldn’t help but be spooked. Farmers living near the airport in the city of Mombasa told reporters that they saw a plane flying overhead, trailed by two objects releasing heavy smoke. A pair of portable surface-to-air missiles fired by suspected Al Qaeda terrorists had narrowly missed the Israeli passenger jet. Now, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is determined to protect commercial aircraft from such threats. The department has given three companies — Northrop Grumman Corp., BAE Systems Inc. and UAL Corp.’s United Airlines — six months to come up with plans to develop and install missile defense systems on passenger jets. Full Story

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