Yemeni Muslim, described by CBS as “unruly man,” tries to force way into cockpit of American Airlines plane
The local CBS affiliate in San Francisco reports, “Passengers, Flight Crew Subdue Unruly Man on SFO-Bound Plane.” SFO is evidently the abbreviation of the San Francisco International Airport. I don’t know what the O means. (See comment.) The man who walked to the front of the plane past the flight attendants and began banging on the door of the cockpit is identified in the second paragraph as “Rageh Almurisi of Vallejo.” Not until the sixth paragraph are we told that Almurisi was shouting “Allah Akbar” as he tried to force his way into the cockpit. Not until the 17th paragraph do we learn that he has a Yemeni passport. Not until the 20th paragraph do we learn that he arrived in the Bay Area a year and a half ago from Yemen “in search of better opportunities.” Better opportunities to terrorize infidels, you mean.
As Allah commands in the Koran:
Prepare for them whatever force and cavalry ye are able to gather, to strike terror, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies. (8:60.)Somehow that divine command, incumbent on all Muslims, didn’t make it into the CBS article. Isn’t it funny how the 1,400 year old reason why Muslims keep terrorizing and murdering non-Muslims never makes it into any news article about Muslims terrorizing or murdering non-Muslims?
FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS 5 / KCBS / AP)—A passenger aboard a Chicago-to-San Francisco flight was wrestled to the floor by flight attendants and fellow passengers late Sunday night after the man began yelling and banging on the cockpit door as the flight approached SFO, according to authorities.
More and more, airports are identified in news articles by these odd initials such as “SFO” instead of by their names, as though everyone knew what the initials meant, as though news agencies thought names were not needed any more, a sure sign of encroaching stupidity.Loren writes:
SFO is the “three letter identifier” for San Francisco International Airport. All airports are given these identifiers by the FAA. They are used as an abbreviation on flight plans boarding passes baggage tags etc. There are 4 letter identifiers for the international system. I guess people think it is cool to use nomenclature that is specific to one profession or the other. Since some of the three letter identifiers have nothing to do with the name of the airport, such as ORD for O’Hare international. Actually the place where o’hare was built was a small airport named Orchard. Or RSW for Ft. Myers, Florida airport which used to known as Regional Southwest, it seems that the most accurate description would still by the actual name of the airport. But that would be asking journalists way too much. Clarity has never been their strong suit.LA replies:
I could understand airline and federal aviation employees using these odd abbreviations among themselves, as a kind of insider, professional language. There is no reason or excuse for using them in news articles intended for the general public as a substitute for the actual names of the airports.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 10, 2011 01:22 AM | Send