The Viewpoint “Protect Airliners From SAM Threat” (AW&ST Feb. 17, p. 58) brings out a keep-a-stiff-upper-lip reaction in me. No one gets out of this life alive. Man-portable air-defense systems are a very unlikely threat to airliners in the U.S. If they were or could become more pervasive, placing countermeasures on U.S. airliners might make some sense. Because no insurance company pays out on acts of war, they are not going to demand that airlines equip their airliners. We are ...


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