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If Invading Switzerland, Please Do So Outside Of "office Hours"

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When overnight we were following the Ethiopian Airline hijacking story, one thing that was missing from the Twitter narrative was the lack of any reports of scrambled Swiss fighter jets - something that has become a staple when an airplane deviates even modestly from its course above the continental United States. As it turns out it wasn't merely a journalistic oversight: there were, in fact, no fighter jets scrambled. Why? Because the hijacking which took place around 3 am, and culminated with the 767 landing in Geneva just after 6 am, took place outside of regular air force hours!

The AFP's reporter writing up this story must have been trying hard to avoid bursting brain capillaries due to excess laughter. Here is the gist:

When the co-pilot on flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to the bathroom and announced a hijacking, Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane through their respective airspaces.

But although the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum, Switzerland's fleet of F-18s and F-5 Tigers remained on the ground, Swiss airforce spokesman Laurent Savary told AFP.

"Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend," he said, adding: "It's a question of budget and staffing."

Monday's hijacking, carried out by 31-year-old Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, according to Addis Ababa, took place in the very early hours, with the aircraft and its 202 passengers and crew landing safely in Geneva at 6:02 am (0502 GMT).

That was just two minutes after the airport opened for business, and two hours before the Swiss airforce is operational.

Just pure genius. Will this be the future of all military austerity?

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Just pure genius. Will this be the future of all military austerity?

No.

The future will be a baldy bloke sat in a chair stroking a white cat in an underground concrete bunker demanding one MIILLLIIOOON dollars not to blow up the world...!

You heard it here first folks... Am I the friggin' Geordie Nostrodamus or what...?

Oooh, me spirit-guide reckons I need a lie down...shame, 'cos I was just gonna reveal the date of that crash you've all been babbling on about....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Night folks.

;)

XYY

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Has anyone checked to see if the RAF is closed outsde office hours?

I thought the RAF sold all their planes to the Yanks?

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Sounds like the Swiss are being very sensible - sorry if my opinion goes against the flow.

My reasoning:

  1. They are not at war.
  2. If there was to be a war, they would get plenty of advance warning - the days of Barbarossa-style surprises are long gone.
  3. Which leaves events such as hijackings. Now, the Swiss strike me as a very practical folk. The kind of folk who would realise that a hijacking nowadays most likely means a kamikaze. In which case a fighter pilot waggling his wings in front of the airliner won't be much use.
  4. On the other hand, SAMs are very effective in this scenario, and cheap to run (compared to F18s).
  5. So keep a handful of SAMs powered up 24h a day, talk nicely to the hijackers, if they start quoting from the wrong holy book, press the red button.

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Just pure genius. Will this be the future of all military austerity?

I'm more surprised that Switzerland has an air force. What do they need to defend against?

If there was somehow a true aerial emergency, I can't imagine that French/Italian/German jets would refuse to enter Swiss airspace upon request.

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I'm more surprised that Switzerland has an air force. What do they need to defend against?

If there was somehow a true aerial emergency, I can't imagine that French/Italian/German jets would refuse to enter Swiss airspace upon request.

They need an air force, to provide air cover for their navy.

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If there was somehow a true aerial emergency, I can't imagine that French/Italian/German jets would refuse to enter Swiss airspace upon request.

There's a good chance the Italian jets would fail to find Swiss airspace in the first place.

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