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Odd vandalism on SWA B737s

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Federal agencies were working with Southwest Airlines on Thursday to determine who has been vandalizing their aircraft with mysterious markings. The writings — which some have interpreted as being either Arabic or Arabic-type symbols — appeared to have been done with a chemical process that reveals the text once an auxiliary power unit is turned on and heats up the outside skin of the aircraft. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Mais...

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Jmumman
Jmumman 0
Arabic? looks more like a banana to me
joeserdynski
Joe Serdynski 0
Yes, we have truely gone insane . . .
dbaker
Daniel Baker 0
Are there pictures anywhere?
chris13
Chris Bryant 0
Interesting. Either there are ramp crews screwing around, or SWA security has been compromised by the hiring of dangerous personnel, or airport security has been compromised.
The latter two are the scary ones. Hopefully it's just the first scenario and some people will be fired and fined.
joeserdynski
Joe Serdynski 0
It's the poor slob wiping the exhaust soot away with something he found in the cleaning cabinet . . . I'm quite sure someone at SWA/TSA/DEA/DAR/VFW/TEA/NJA and YGTBK can read Arabic . . .
alistairm
alistairm 0
It's Either Arabic or it isn't. I don't think it would be to hard for the "federal agencies" involved to find a person who can read Arabic. if it is not actaully Arabic, then most likely someone is messing about.
kldfligtrrt
kldfligtrrt 0
could this be the employee's trying to keep the merger from going thru. little strange only Southwest
RuShoes
Jim Kerr 0
This is just down-right stupid. Woudl they be in such a tizzy if it were writings in French or Japanese?
SkyBaby2
Kira Andreola 0
Are they positive it IS Arabic? The video didn't give a real definitive view. Are there any better pictures floating around out there?
99NY
99NY 0
I like the "which some have interpreted as being either Arabic or Arabic-type symbols" line. Who's the some? Arabic is a pretty wispy and scribbly looking written language, perhaps it could just be a half-@$$ed attempt at plane cleaning. Or maybe it was simply english writing, but in the the dreaded cursive nobody seems to be able to read anymore.
canuck44
canuck44 0
This appears only when the APU is running? Probably says "Bags Fly Free" in handwriting as bad as mine. Time better spent checking out the Famous Playboy Girls Photo Gallery link in the same page.
BoeingFan59
Troy Raiteri 0
Could be some punk trying to screw with us. But also could be a warning sign who knows for sure. Let's hope it's only a punk screwing around not saying I'm worried just pointing out.
rwf1001
Robert Fleming 0
To be honest I couldn't even see the "markings" in question...on any of the aircraft in that video
sstuff
sstuff 0
. . . perhaps because the APU wasn't running?
fltadm
Brian McNeil 0
Here is proof that security on the tarmac or employee screenings need a vast and quick 180 degree improvement.
dmanuel
dmanuel 0
I think it says "Wash Me"
MANBOI
MANBOI 0
It's simple: They want to kill us.
jasscarff
James Scarff 0
This has all the "markings" of a manufactured non-story. As some of our posters have noted, if it's Arabic then bloody well get someone to read it. Enough of this "could be" stuff. If it's illegible to an Arabic reader then we're moving into the Jesus-on-a-taco category.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 0
http://gawker.com/5843021/here-are-photos-of-the-mystery-arabic-graffiti-terrorizing-southwest-airlines
alistairm
alistairm 0
I am trembling in my boots now that i have seen those terrifying pictures!! Another example of paranoid USA!!
conmanflyer
connor oslie 0
looks like an engine nacelle to me...

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