Friday, March 6, 2009

North Korea Threatens Commercial Flights

BBC News
Two airlines in South Korea are to re-route flights after North Korea said it could not guarantee their safety.

Pyongyang's threat follows its warnings that a US-South Korean military exercise, due to take place next week, could trigger a military clash.

North Korea has long described such exercises as provocative but tensions between the two Koreas are now high.

About 30 international flights a day usually pass through North Korean airspace to and from the South.

South Korea has called on the communist state to immediately withdraw its threat.

"Threatening civilian airliners' normal operations under international aviation regulations is not only against the international rules but is an act against humanity," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyeon said.

I think Kim Jong-il is evil or insane. However, the Soviet Union shot down a Korean Air 747 in 1983 in that area and killed 269 people; maybe this is normal commie dictatorship behavior. I still can't understand why people freak out over everything Bush said over the past 8 years yet shrug when North Korea (kill civilians) or Iran (wipe out Israel) makes these outrageous threats. Disgusting.

This is the great circle route (shortest distance) from LAX to HKG. Since I can't sleep on airplanes, I usually watch movies or stare at the flight progress display. Usually the route takes us over Seoul/Incheon which is pretty close to the DMZ. Depending on the weather, the route varies quite a bit; one time we actually flew across Siberia, Mongolia, and central China (Wuhan) to get to Hong Kong. Let's hope my flight next Friday takes a more southern route and avoid going near North Korean airspace.

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