LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Federal agencies were working with Southwest Airlines on Thursday to determine who has been vandalizing their aircraft with mysterious markings.

KNX 1070 investigative reporter Charles Feldman has learned that since February, several Southwest jets have been vandalized with mysterious writings that show up on the underbelly of their 737 passenger aircraft.

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, according to Feldman.

While it remains unclear how many aircraft are involved, the trend has reportedly increased in recent weeks.

Southwest Airlines has ordered its employees not to discuss the matter with the media, Feldman said.

In a statement to KNX 1070, Southwest said it is working with authorities to find those responsible for what the company called “vandalism”, but it’s not clear how many people are involved.

Both the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigations is working with Southwest, but the airline denied this is a safety issue and would not provide any more details.

Comments (231)
  1. Tired of trash says:

    So I can call the FBI when some cholo spray paints my block wall?

  2. Menotu says:

    I don’t understand. “May” or “Might” be “possible” Arabic markings – or Arabic-like symbols??? And they are “mysterious” ??

    What, there isn’t a single official in the US who can read Arabic and confirm that is IS Arabic, and what it actually translates to? Are we supposed to be taken for idiots here?

    1. nickel says:

      Have you met anyone in the Gubmint who has enough knowledge or common sense to either read arabic or think to contact an expert? Hey they are union and that isn’t in their job description.

    2. Rach says:

      Perhaps it is not Arabic at all? My bet is that it is something more than the Feds or the Gov’t is willing to admit to, or even related to terrorism at all. I doubt we will ever see photographic evidence of these ‘markings’. Look up ‘CARET’ drone. Perhaps it is similar to these markings? Hmmmmm…

    3. anon says:

      I was wondering that, too… For that matter, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet is just a straight vertical line, so you could look at any line anywhere and say that it’s an Arabic-like character.

  3. nickel says:

    Let’s face it the people we hire for TSA agents could no more watch people and have any clue who was a terrorist than a zucchinni. The average TSA person is more likely to steal your Ipod then discover anything that might be threatening to a plane full of people, and now they are unionized. Thanks again to the Obama disaster.

  4. flashman1854 says:

    These are alien symbols, left by aliens.

    These aircraft are slated for abduction, research, and transport to a foreign galaxy.

    This has nothing to do with Arabs or Islam, or the CIA for that matter.

  5. mikkir refur says:

    no just 13 year old girls

  6. "REPUBLICAN EMPIRE FALLS" says:

    when you stay-up to long on crystal meth, you start to hallucinate, that simple markings become writings/scrolls!!! QUACK!!!

  7. None says:

    Appear to be Arabic? Either they are or they aren’t. Are we so out of touch with the East that we can’t even figure out if it is their writing?

  8. Old Timer says:

    KNX 1070. I think that is an AM News Radio Station.

  9. alexandra says:

    Actually, it wasn’t Arabic writing at all. Some idiots thought a squiggly line counts as Arabic (seriously, any educated person couldn’t possibly mistake this for Arabic):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2040648/Southwest-Airlines-graffiti-Its-NOT-Arabic-did-there.html

    Also, the level of racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia in this comments section is absolutely shameful and disgusting!!!!

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