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. Astonished says:

    This could be happening anywhere, including at the factory, or whenever the airplane is put in for service. I doubt that someone is breaking into the airports to do this. This kind of marking takes time.

    1. Massimo Deportado says:

      BS meter is pegged!

      Look, they hire Muzzy’s to throw bags onto planes! What did you expect was going to happen?


    2. Edgar says:

      The TSA puts on their dog and pony show so that stupid travelers feel safe and continue to travel. TSA looks for things that could be used as weapons when they should be looking for terrorists.

      A terrorist can get anything on any plane, they don‘t need to get it past TSA.

    3. Alex Seredin says:

      What is a “Muzzy”? Illegal Mexican alien, or a Guatemalan one?

    4. TheGreek says:

      Yeah, like I doubt the twin towers fell – must be a magic trick…

  2. Buck O'Fama says:

    Janet (two scoops) Neopolitan is on the case so nothing to worry about here. Eric Holder is going to sell some guns to illegals and have them guard the plane.

    1. The Clintidote says:

      Not transgender – there is no such thing; it’s just mutilation.

      However, “she” IS trans-species – still has most of the attributes of a pig in “her” face.

    2. Rachel Wells says:

      I am sure it will be Bush’s fault.. before the night falls. ugh.

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        I could have SWORN that it was Jim DeMint’s fault. Or perhaps it was the tea party’s fault? Or those “evil” Koch Brothers? Or some “right-wing” loose cannon. But NEVER EVER is it the fault of an Islamic radical.

      2. ryan says:

        your not really defending the koch brothers are you???? do some research they are EVIL.

      3. Craig Brockman says:

        Ryan – here’s a virtual quarter, use it to call for a virtul clue.

      4. George says:

        Ryan is a complete idiot. Apparently he never heard of George Soros’ escapade in trying to take down the British pound. That sounds a little evil to me. I’m sorry to need to piggy-back on Rachel’s comment, but there is apparently no way to attach directly to Ryan’s.

    3. Delane Levy says:

      you forgot to say…gun toting WHITE male

    4. heatherfeather says:

      No, just a self-loathing liberal who reflects her self-loathing onto members of her race. Just wait until one of Colonel Khadaffyduck’s missing SAMs take down a jetliner and the Skunk and her minions will be sniffing in everybody’s underwear drawer.

    5. Pete says:

      Typical old white female………

    6. Jinx says:

      She hates this group because no one….NOT ONE of ” these ” people would date her throughout her long long long life

    7. Youngpeter says:

      Me and the gang at work have decided Janet is actually Hazel from the old TV show. “Good Morning Mr. B”. hahaha

    8. Happy Observer says:

      Yes Mr. Thumper, I already saw the DHS’s latest commercial. It shows a plane full of non-white males sitting on the tarmac while a white guy in a tropical shirt and shorts walks over to the plane, pulls of his American to Arabic dictionary and starts spraying liquid on the plane using some sort of contraption made with a snow globe and a 5.00 coke bottle. Luckily this all happens before the no electronics can be used announcement has been made because all the people on the plane are American loving people who are just there to help us be a better nation. They all whip out their cellphones and call 911 and moments later, TSA sweeps in and nails that dirty white man who is trying to kill us all. Once again showing us all that the average white male with a family paying his taxes to support all of those people flying to their vacations on his dollar and the TSA and pretty much everything else around him he looks at, is really the bad guy. Thanks for saving America from the white man again people. Go Go TSA.
      At the end of the commercial I was trying to figure out why there was suddenly dust in my eye…

    9. dump-box says:

      No problem, just tote around a Qur’an and tell 2-scoops that your a Muslim, and then you’ll be free to go, even with your guns. Thats what I do 😉 besides, it’s not an entire lie, since the Qur’an is a blatent rip-off of the Bible.

      BTW, Jesus, a Muslim prophet, spoke Arabic straight out of the womb!! betcha didn’t know that!

      1. don says:

        Sounds like more squawking from the American Taliban. Nothing if not predictable…

    10. jason in houston says:

      She does have a hatred for this demographic, it’s the one that REJECTS liberal (and in most cases horribly ugly) females.

    11. anon says:

      Jesus spoke Aramaic. And you might be interested to know that the word for God in Aramaic is Allaha, so that’s what he would have called him.

    12. anon says:

      And the Bible and Quran have many stories in common because they both (in their orginal forms anyway) are the word of the same God, brought to the same Messengers by the same angel (Gabriel). Why would you expect them to be different?

      1. Frederick says:

        Because the Koran stories only use the same character names and it mixes up up all the biblical people. The Koran stories are like a southern preacher on dope trying to remember his bible. We are talking two entirely different Gods.

      2. anon says:

        Same prophets, same God. (Arabic Christians call Him Allah, and that’s what their Bible calls Him.) But yes, the stories of the prophets are sometimes different; for example, the Quran doesn’t have a Prophet of God getting drunk and sleeping with his daughters.

      3. Hannanan says:

        He wasn’t a prophet.

        But the Quran does have its prophet stealing from caravans, ordering 900 people be beheaded, marries a 6-year old and has sex with her at nine. The guy was a pedophile, thief, pervert.

      4. Kevin says:

        Then, I guess you haven’t read both books. They share the same percentage of simliarity to each other as Norse mytholody shares with Hindi.

        Don’t just swallow what the press feeds you. Check it out for yourself.

    13. speedle says:

      Hey Ryan. Your conspiracy mindset is about as sophisticated as your writing ability. Ever heard of periods, complete sentences, etc.?

    14. totin' thumper says:

      they took out my earlier comment…I guess it was a little too conservative.
      she’ll find a way to blame the veteran, Bible thumping, gun toting, conservative white male between the ages of 18-50. Because you know that we are all terrorists!

  3. Ken says:

    Something does not smell right.

    1. smelly detector says:

      I think it may be the workers from the other countries that work on the planes.

      1. Bill Clinton says:

        I think you may be an idiot

      2. MarkInAtlanta says:

        @Bill C. Why do you think he is an idiot? It may not be the actual cause but a LOT of aircraft are sent to other countries for maintenance. I am right up there with calling a spade a spade but this is just as probable as any other suggestion. I went to A&P school, if you don’t know what that is, please Google it. I know for a fact that a lot of MAJOR airlines do this to save money, Sri Lanka anyone? Either way, we need to quit the farce that is TSA and actually talk to a country that is the best in aircraft security, Israel.

      3. Jeremy says:

        I think it could very well be A CIA/black ops false flag op that was in the making. Only it got discovered before they could carry it out.

      4. URAN Idiot says:

        I doubt southwest sends their planes to Sri Lanka when it does not even do international flights

      5. Alan Shohat says:

        I’ve lived in Israel for over 5 years now. (and I still hardly speak any Hebrew)
        Never once have I been pat down or had anyone manually go through my luggage.
        In Israel they are trained to WATCH people, their behavior, their body language, etc. for signs that something isn’t “right”. I’ve noticed security workers observing people before they ever got to check-in.
        I’ve never seen anyone pat down. They know how to do it without making a spectacle of the passenger.
        So you’re right. The TSA could take some serious lessons from Israel in that respect.

      6. George N. Weezie says:

        I’m with Jeremy, This was either a cia/fbi false flag attack that was botched, or even more likely just a scare tactic by dhs to keep the average low IQ American afraid of the boggie man. It;s more of the same post 9/11 lies that H. L. Menchen warned about in the 40’s when he said:
        “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

      7. Rose says:

        I agree. This country is being feared into obedience. It’s a farce like everything else!

      8. JEDI says:

        MarkInAtlanta wrote, “Either way, we need to quit the farce that is TSA and actually talk to a country that is the best in aircraft security, Israel.”
        Hey mark, apparently you didn’t hear about the GRENADE that got by ISRAEL’s airport security experts this summer. So much for the fame ISREAL security force. I guess we are all human after all. Where is Heraldo when we need him?

        It’s obvious that this is an inside job. Only the workers or security personel would have time to access a plane in order to perform this act of vandalism.

    2. The Clintidote says:

      Smells sort of “moslemy”, doesn’t it?

      1. bertman007 says:

        I don’t know, maybe it is. But when the article said it only happens when the APU is turned on to heat the skin of the plane. It got me to thinking that this could be something along the lines of something in the skin of the plane that shows up when heated. A filament for instance , of some sort.

        Sounds like a lot of work and effort all for a little graffiti.

      2. steamdwarf says:

        and is this a demonstration of what COULD be done if something more than invisible ink was sprayed on the underbelly of the plane. how about something corrosive when exposed to the same heat? I guess we need another few thousand TSA agents to grope the underbelly (they excel at such dexterity) with their hot little hands.

    3. Jane Louise Smith says:

      Oh, THAT smell? That’s just the smell of fresh camel dung & the unwashed body odor from the Arabs…

      1. Gavin says:

        You’re a moron making moronic comments. It’s idiots like you that keep fueling hatred. What’s your ethnicity? I’m sure we could find some stereotypical lines for it!

    4. Ben Doverhereitcomes says:

      I saw Big Sis (and I mean BIG) out on the tarmac at OHare airport with a crayon. I thought that she was composing new regulations.

  4. Alpaca Lips says:

    Translated: Baby on board.

    1. motherland says:

      Or: The DHS SUCKS!!!!!!

      1. Alex says:

        Or: Mohammad was here!

  5. ny9solyndra says:

    Must be those Tea Party types. Or Bush. Or Reagan. Or Lincoln!

    1. Baraksi Obamanov says:

      Sarah Palin did it 🙂

      1. dump-box says:

        In collusion with then newest evil….the “rich” 😉

    2. Jane Louise Smith says:

      Those pesky headwinds did it…

    3. Jane Louise Smith says:

      Or just blame it on the Japanese tsunami…

  6. BobStrebs says:

    How many ways are there to prove the notion that TSA Gropedowns have ZERO to do with security? First airports and now NFL games. Really. And all because of…9-11? I’d return from the grave and haunt the living hell out of every mind-numbed American still tooting that horn. Enough already!

    1. feel the love says:

      I think they just want to show their “love” for us…next thing you know, they’ll have cavity searches for all!

    2. TomB says:

      Bob, haven’t you been listening to any of our elites about just this issue? They have said it many times. They want the traveling public to “feel” safer. It really doesn’t matter to them whether or not we are *actually* safer.

  7. cmac says:

    southwest, along with MOST other major airlines, outsources some maintenance to foreign countries (i think SWA uses a company in el salvador). i wouldn’t be surprised to learn this vandalism happened in central america.

    airplane mechanics are highly skilled, so in this country they’re compensated quite nicely. it’s a good way to save 70-90% on labor costs.

    1. bingo says:

      Quite right cmac, the maintenance IS outsourced and that’s most likely where it was done.

  8. zimfam007 says:

    *ponders* Do these symbols show up on IR??? Kinda like sending a radioactive agent into the body to see which cell(s) to target.

  9. 0bama's my zero says:

    “This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.”

  10. Roger Sterling says:

    Who knows what the symbols mean? I hope they weren’t arabic numerals!

    1. Jonathan says:

      Haha.. Good one.

  11. Len says:

    Hmm, a chemical that goes on clear and darkens with heat, like sayyyyy LEMON JUICE????? lol Sounds like baggage carriers got a bit bored.

  12. Veritas says:

    This has been going on since February? And DHS hasn’t busted the culprit yet, because……???? FEBRUARY! THAT’S MONTH 2, THIS IS MONTH 9! 7 MONTHS WHERE THIS “TAGGER” COULD BE SAYING ANYTHING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PLANE, FROM “HI MOM” TO “LAX IS THE BEST TARGET”!
    Meanwhile, TSA feels the need to grope me because I don’t feel like walking through a massive radioactive machine that takes and has the ability to store my naked photo?! DHS and the TSA should be dismantled with Napolitano and Pistol being prosecuted for willful and deliberate violations of the Constitution, and I believe they are guilty of subversion and sedition as well.
    Since they haven’t busted this guy yet, they are also guilty of gross incompetence and stupidity, but there’s no law against those.

    1. SheSaidNaked says:

      I feel sorry for the x-ray machine if it has to store your naked photo.

  13. upthecreek says:


    give the US governmnet more of your rights

  14. james says:

    It’s the grounds and baggage crews dummies

  15. stunned says:

    What’s scary is that anybody could get underneath (or in) that plane and you don’t even have it on tape!?!?

    1. frankie lorain says:

      We do however have cameras on nearly every traffic light in America.

  16. jnsesq says:

    Must be those pesky white Christians up to their usual terrorist mischief, eh, Big Sis?

    1. Yup says:

      I’ll see your double-digit casualty events and raise you a 9/11, Pearl Harbor, D.C. shooter, U.S.S. Cole, Northwest 253 (AKA “underwear bomber”), Richard Reid (AKA “shoe bomber”), “etc etc.” But sure, let’s go with more attacks have been carried out by white Christians .
      Also, it should be noted that if a white man robs a black man’s convenience store it’s a hate crime, but when a black man robs a white man’s convenience store it’s “to be expected.” While we want to treat everyone equally, the left wants to degrade minorities (also a misnomer in many cities/states) by suggesting IN LAW that less should be expected from them. This is the garbage you’re trying to spew, Don, and I don’t appreciate it.

    2. Lisa says:

      as far as OK City, you don’t know what you are talking about! It was a fasle flag carried out by a patsie. Isn’t it strange that ALL security cameras went conveniently blank at a very important point in the lead up to it?

    3. Juan Tomatoe says:

      Timothy McVeigh (OKC bomber) was NOT a Christian. He said “my religion is science.” That makes him have more in common with athiest Richard Dawkins than Billy Graham. The Tucson shooter whas also NOT a Christian nor was he a Tea Party type despite what the media would have you believe. White Male does not automatically mean Christain you doofus.

  17. thejackal says:

    Meet our new crack GE CF6 Turbofan mechanics, they are here to start thier 3 year rebuild contract this is Abdul, Muhamahd, Mohammad, Sharia and thier supervisor Muhammad. They can’t wait to get started.

    1. don says:

      Yup. Anything to outsource US jobs in the name of the ‘bottom line’, up to and including compromising our security. Lenin was right when he basically said a capitalist will sell you the rope you hang him with.

      1. JR says:

        was that before or after he had all the “White” Russians murdered?

    2. Mike in Indy says:

      Jackal…FYI, it’s a CFM-56 on the Boeing 737. The CF-6 is mounted on the DC-10, and a few Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft that don’t (but most DO) incorporate the Rolls Royce 525 and RB-211 engines…

  18. jrl says:

    Holgreen pull your head out of that dark stinking hole…………

  19. nevertired22 says:

    Ms. Janet is only thinking about her next “tuna sandwhich,” not our safety.

  20. Banderman says:

    How do they expect to catch terrorists if they cannot keep cell phones out of the prison system or keep workers from painting the underside of passenger jets without getting busted? This has got to be an inside job; one cannot pass gas in an airport these days without Big Sis patting you down and demanding an explanation.

    1. lisa says:

      Of course it is! They don’t WANT TO catch any “terrorists”! People need to realize that the underwear bomber was allowed onto the flight w/o a passport, and was put on by an intelligence operative. Do some research on this. I know it sounds incredible, but it is true! You can find good articles on this at infowars.com.

  21. Lefty says:

    Wow, really? I think you should wake up Klaes..or lay off the crack pipe. Why are conspiracy theoroists never considered “sheeple” for following the thoughts of other conspiracists? It’s so tired. 10 years later….and people still claim it was an inside job. By whom? Why? Facts? Oh yeah…NONE.

  22. Ron says:

    After early retirement from a major carrier, I was employed for a short time by Southwest Airlines. On the night -shift I could hear some odd noises coming from an obscure room in the hangar. After some investigation was told It was a room Southwest allowed their Muslim employees to pray while at work.

    I have no doubt Southwest employees that is the source of the symbols.

    1. Paul griffin says:

      This is the proverbial tip of the alleged iceberg, my simple friends. The Trojan Horse is in the gates, and the occupants have left and are busy at their assorted tasks. Good night, dear heart.

    2. Jane Louise Smith says:

      Interesting — Muslims working for Southwest having to face East to pray…

    3. Gavin says:

      This country needs more brains like you, Muslim airline employees doing every dirty deed. Just out of curiosity, if noises were heard coming form the room of Mormons, Jews, or Catholics, what would the crime be then???

  23. David from San Diego says:

    (a) It’s probably gang-bangers who work at LAX;
    (b) @Veritas: I will not submit to the body scanners until I have seen Janet Napolitano naked!

    1. EEWWWWW says:

      That’s a scary thought….nappy naked?!

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        I find this comment to be a little difficult to masturbate to.

  24. Buddha Leesee says:

    Mr. Holgreen – your prescription is ready.

  25. sleeperhasawaken says:

    Stop falling for all of this “Terror” hype! If this isnvolves actual terrorism, it would make more sense to not blast it all over the media, but rather deeply investigate it and foil/stop any potential plot.

    However, we have “Terror” threat level warnings, endless media stories on potential “Terror” plots, and constant hype of “Terror” activities by the media and govt!

    Actual Terror does exist…..however the biggest Terrorist right now is the United States govt. They should keep their mouths shut and investigate real terror and stop Terrorizing the American People!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1. Jonathan says:

      What makes you think anyone other than a news agency decided to “blast it all over the media”. Since when has the media been able to keep a secret?

      “KNX 1070 investigative reporter Charles Feldman has learned that since February”

      What month is it now? That’s right, it was kept secret for HALF A YEAR, until an “investigative reporter” decided to further his career. Whether you agree with his actions or not, your entire argument is a fail in light of the information given.

    2. Alex says:

      Right on, brother!

  26. Bob says:

    I would guess it is probably Union related sabotage from another airline. Southwest is killing the competition. Just a thought……

    1. don says:

      Sure, it’s all the big bad unions’ fault.

      Most airline heavy maintenance is done in other countries. Only American Airlines has had the patriotism to keep the majority of its maintenance in the USA, working with its machinists’ union. It’s been a win-win, AA is in the black and the fly some of the finest airplanes in the sky…

  27. rswannabe says:

    I swear I saw something like this on the streets of Detroit before.

    Casual passing by looked like tar on the roads/cracks. But further looking the tar wasn’t in cracks or anything. Just looked like writing, I mentioned it to others and they too had seen it. After a week or so it was all gone every trace of it. Weird and spooky.

  28. Attack Watch says:

    Most idiots would think “graffiti” is Arabic writing. http://www.attackwatch.me

    1. gphx says:

      I’d guess most people think it’s those who are fluent in graffiti who are the idiots.

    2. Gavin says:

      You’re right, and there’s a lot of those idiots on here.

  29. Jcrich says:

    It could be more sinister. Perhaps it Mercury. Liquid Mercury embrittles Aluminum. Maybe they were etching in their calling card in their terror plot. Solution: prohibit Muslims from working on or near planes.

  30. Dennis says:

    It is Obama’s areal teleprompter, in his native language….

    1. don says:

      I wonder how much Arabic the Bush family picked up, in 50+ years of doing business with the Bin Ladens…

  31. Joe Video says:

    AH look! Richard Head has made his racist appearance once again.

  32. Chuck Curry says:

    The dogs who comprise the sick underbelly of Islamic thought don’t have the personal restraint to be sinister. If they had something up their sleeve, they would use it. Suspense is a thinking man’s tool. QED

    1. Jcrich says:

      I should have been more clear. The Mercury etching would embrittle the aluminum over time so the fuselage of the plane would fail upon pressurization. When the wreckage was found and pieced back together, the Arabic markings would serve as a chilling terrorist calling card. The effect would be dramatic and very impressionable.

      Mercury solutions have been used to weaken the aluminum landing gear over Soviet era gunships via sabotage. Increasing the costs of occupation, as in the Soviet-Afghan invasion.

      1. Alex says:

        If the etchings were done on an APU cowling, it would be outside of the pressure vessel of the aircraft as the APU is not located in a pressurized area.
        If it were to fail, it would be a problem, but most likely it wouldn’t endanger the aircraft. It simply fall off.

        Most landing gear assemblies I’ve seen in recent years are made of solid titanium or other strong alloys. I think it would be hard to weaken such structures considering their material composition.

  33. michiganruth says:

    hey…you haven’t lived until you’ve been through security and the TSA AGENT is wearing a hijab! I live in the Detroit area and this has happened to me.

    1. hijab says:

      Over here little girl you need to get a “pat down” for safety.

    2. Alex Seredin says:

      Wow, that is terrible, and how did her hijab affect you in an adverse way? Looks like you have not been anywhere in your miserable life. Dozens of British and French policewomen wear hijabs also. That would really affect your racist knob

      1. Jonathan says:

        I’m pretty sure she means that her hijab indicated the woman was Muslim and that no one is going around blowing up airliners full of people, or flying them into buildings, except radical Muslims. Or do you deny this simple fact?

        It’s a pretty natural reaction. Can you honestly expect that if any non-Muslim got on a plane on say, Sept. 21st, 2001, you would expect them to not have been disconcerted, in the least, to find a Muslim person in charge of checking baggage?

        What is the difference between Sept. 21st 2001 and Sept. 21st 2011? The desire to repeat 9/11 still exists, whether you close your eyes or not.

        I do not deny this is all sad and unfortunate, but it was practitioners of radical Islam that brought those planes (and many others) down and that makes people who practice Islam and who have a certain racial makeup suspect. Not every Muslim is radical and certainly not every one is a terrorist, but what do you do, ignore any clue that is related to the number one commonality among terrorists? That is idiotic.

        That said, it would be foolish to concentrate only on middle eastern Muslims and ignore everyone else since that would be an exploitable weakness.

      2. don says:

        Good lord… You have more of a chance of being killed by lightning than in a terrorist attack. What a great reason to tear up the Constitution, and allow Bush and now Obama to imprison anybody on a whim, in Gitmo, and flush our national treasure down the toilet known as foreign wars of choice, and the ‘national security state’.

        The Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves…what a bunch of bed-wetting sissies my ‘fellow Americans’ have become. Throw our personal freedoms, paid for in blood by the revolutionaries, into the trash because of an act of deadly vandalism. Pathetic.

      3. Harpo says:

        I’ll take my chances with the lightning!

    3. Rick says:

      Just ask them for a Happy Hijab Ending!

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        I love the smell of happy hijab endings in the morning.

    4. anon says:

      what exactly ‘happened’ to you?

    5. don says:

      Hahaha! You can’t make it up.

  34. Betsy says:

    What is the translation of the Arabic-type symbols? Is anyone checking for C-4 on the underbelly? We need someone to watch the watchers who watch to see if anyone is looking.

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      And then have someone who watches the ones to whom we assigned watch duties to watch those who we want to watch in the first place.

      1. DoktorBill says:

        One .hand watches the other

  35. ColeNC says:

    The space aliens just got tired of their crop circles not getting enough attention lately and they are trying these flying billboards out instead.

    They might think the only difference between a UFO and the SWA Jet is the paint job.

  36. Joe Kliplinger says:

    According to the TSA, this is the work of a disgrunted white middle age man who served in the US military. Hunt him down people.

  37. J D says:

    My first thoght was that is was intended to be a targeting symbol for a shoulder-fired aa missle. This is what I believe Southwest is concerned about and afraid of the perception by the flying public and the resulting affect on business.

  38. Mike Jones says:

    No one cares what it says?

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      No one cares what you say?

  39. Tom Genin says:

    Arabs with access to planes and exposing them with unknown chemicals isn’t a threat…. Okaaaaaay, sure.

    Better strap a 98 year old nun to the bottom of the plane for the TSA to pay attention and call it a threat then.

  40. satnot says:

    I started to read these post but then I realized you were all crazy!

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      What? Get out of my head already! STOP SHOUTING AT ME! I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE OF YOUR NONSENSE! Just leave me alone. But give me ice cream first. And walk the dog before you leave.

  41. PacRim Jim says:

    No photo of “markings,” no story.

    1. true skeptic says:

      Kind of like no photos of bin laden…no death?
      believe none of what you hear, and only 1/2 of what you read or see….or something like that.

  42. BigBoa says:

    ANY sensible person knows it’s the Amish…..

    On a brighter note, the mighty Boa was VERY pleased to see the TSA doing the checks at football games. ALL the times the mighty Boa warned you about the TSA and the typical response? “Don’t fly”…. Not always feasible for people that HAVE to for their jobs. But now, you KNOW the reply that is coming to you, right? That’s right….Don’t go to football games…..morons.

    1. Alex Seredin says:

      That is why I say you can stick your football games where the Sun never shines

  43. Norbert T Bodenroder says:

    I don’t mind security at the airports. It’s the prostate exam and handjob I object to…

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      What? No happy ending for you?

  44. concerned citizen says:

    Why is it just Southwest? How many airlines? How big? Who noticed it?

  45. Alex Seredin says:

    If they cannot even read the stuff it is nothing but a squiggle

  46. discovega says:

    Further evidence that noe of us are safe…the TSA is a bunch of crock and if you don’t believe that you a fool.

  47. RAF says:

    “The writings — which some have interpreted as being either Arabic or Arabic-type symbols ….”

    No one is even identifying it as Arabic. Probably some bag guy saw some scribbles, flipped out in paranoia (i.e. we already lost the war on terror), and was willing to tell the media when the source has no idea what it actually is. Media is plenty happy to run the article with this scary anonymous quote to drive readers. Wonderful Yellow Journalism.

    Probably some welding lines that the A&Ps added when they got bored. Now’d be a great time to throw in a cheap line about lack of gov. oversight due to it being another outsourced job.

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      ::::Insert cheap line about lack of government oversight here::::

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        Oh yeah….they TOOK my job!
        They TOOK your JOB!
        They turk yer jerb!
        Terk err jerb!
        Tirk errrr jerb!

  48. Ellie Mae says:

    It’s the Lutherans.

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      Or it’s the Nation of Islam and their “Islamic Spaceship Of Death”…

  49. Chicago Nick says:

    Muslims always warn in some way before an attack, it’s the Islamic way. And while not always out in the open, something like this would fit their modus-operandi.

    Then get hired using PC and Affirmative Action as the weapon to make sure they’re hired, as we know the pussified feds are too wussed up to do a healthy background check for fear Muhammad will cry to the complicit MSM and voila, terrorist on the tarmac…. It’s just a matter of time.

    they’re already in place you can bet.

    If I saw any Muslim ground crews on my flights is time to rebook. You all should do the same. I have a NO Muzz fly rule. I’m not going down due to rampant PC. Not in this lifetime.

  50. Anna says:

    It isn’t a security threat? What else could the person/people who did this do?

  51. prepare says:

    tick tock tick tock…………….

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      What are you waiting for?

      1. don says:

        Your pacemaker to short-circuit.

  52. Mr Futara says:

    Are we sure these aren’t just “Quimps,” “Grawlix,” “Nittles,” or “Jarns?”

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      This is America. Speak English.

  53. lejaune says:

    Probably, someone has written “Allahu Akbar”.

  54. dump-box says:

    OMG, this is the level of ineptitude and bureaucratic non-sense we pay for as tax-paying idiots.
    Never mind the myriad of federal laws that have been reported violated, yet remain unpursued or under-pursued (Black panthers, Solyndra, Gun runner, et cetera), it is this chicken scratch on the belly of a plane that piques interests and receives a response from the Feds.
    I must be a techno genius, cause I just thought up a perfect plan in 3 seconds! How’s about you photo it with your camera phone, and have an online translator decipher it, it’s called GOGGLE TRANSLATOR.

  55. pursed off says:

    So commuters have to go through xray’s and invasive pat downs offered up by the TSA as security measures; all the while, a group has access to put graffitti on the planes without anyone knowing anything about it. Sounds like BS to me

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      It’s easy to do when the airlines hire baggers & taggers.

      1. don says:

        They have to get the cheap-o labor, to satisfy your masters in Wall Street.

      2. Robin's Blues says:

        Don, Wallstreet pays for your welfare and food stamps, free tuition, public defender, appeals process, etc.

  56. mario says:

    This site reports your IP address to Facebook

  57. don says:

    Fire the stinkin muzzies @ LAX …off airport …… food service…..
    be happy to handle the situation for you .. no charge ! ……
    Ex 9 yr employee @ LAX

  58. zheng ye says:

    Isslamm declared war on the west. Most western ‘leaders’ still don’t grasp this fact.

  59. joe says:

    News Flash! This just in!! The writing has just been translated, and its just as Napolitano and Holder suspected, it’s actually a dialect of Redneck……

  60. Politicus says:

    I believe 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 are Arabic-type symbols.

    1. Jane Louise Smith says:

      You are hereby labeled a terrorist. As part of my civic duty, I am alerting CBS as well as DHS, INS, ICE, FBI, CIA, NSA, EBT, DARPA, USDA, FDA, EPA, NASA, HARPO, LEGO, EGGO, SNAP, CRACKLE, POP, S&M, DVDA, & LGBT of your deep-seeded knowledge of Arabic numerology. “If you see something, say something.”

  61. JD says:

    Feldman is an idiot.

  62. killerbee says:

    Obammy’s Drunk Uncle Oingo-Boingo did it.

  63. Benjamin Shipman says:

    A “chemical process that reveals the text once an auxiliary power unit … heats up the outside skin of the aircraft” sounds too harmless for a terrorist and too smart for an ordinary vandal. This is probably someone trying to send a message about the effectiveness of our airport security.

  64. Booby Trap says:

    You know you are on the wrong plane when you hear the safty inspector come out from under the plane saying, ” I can’t do it all.”

  65. Booby Trap says:

    You know you are on the wrong plane when you hear the safety inspector come out from under the plane saying, ” I can’t do it all.”

  66. SheSaidNaked says:


    “F Whitey”

  67. Chemical Obamany says:

    Damn you teabagging rednecks! You gotta stop what you’re doing! My Ivy league education told me i’m superior to your rednecks!

  68. Ron Reale says:

    If they haven’t any idea what the markings say, how can they be sure there is no safety issue?
    They could be sacrificial markings of some strange, barbaric, backwoods, savage cult that still has practitioners these days, lets call them “islamists” for the sake of this exercise, and they could be preparatory markings, supposedly helping the bedbug-crazy “islamist” get into their pedophile created heaven, full of 9 year old virgins.
    They could be…!
    Ron Reale

  69. Benny says:

    Everyone, please calm down. It’s just the “joke” of some Muslim’s that work at SW trying out some grafetti They were probably hired under BHO’s Affirmative Action Program for Unemployed Muslims . DHS will interview everyone at the company EXCEPT those those that have access to the aircraft and “look” like they’re from the Middle East HINT:.Ck the employees parking lot and look for the camel.

  70. Colin Brown says:

    It sounds like they might be maintenance markings designed to show when there are operational tests of work performed. Maybe even signatures of mechanics too.
    Occam’s razor is always the best guide.

  71. WhatDoIKnow says:

    The Nike swoosh looks a bit arab-type to me.

  72. william says:

    i worked for a low cost airline in europe and was privy to some of the behinds the scenes information. airlines rent time from an airport, the more time the more the cost. most of the major lines like a lufthansa also have service agreements at key hubs. this is where their planes are worked on. low cost airlines, in order to save costs, do not have service agreements at major airports. what they do instead is have a non major airport and this is where their service gets done. these smaller airports have areas where the planes park and are then serviced. the security there is terrible.

  73. I know what I'm talking about says:

    What do you expect. You out-source maintenance jobs to other countries.

  74. Hank Warren says:

    Fake terrorism, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  75. ET Phone Home says:

    Aliens. Definitely aliens.


      that’s what i was thinking! people would shlt-bricks if they found out, it was extra-terrestrial writings on the underbelly of the planes! : (

  76. keith says:

    who says it ACTUALLY happened and its not just the media ‘speculating’ or causing unnecessary fear….the media spews out ALOT of crud to make a mountain out of a molehill, all for sensationalism.

  77. notamuslim says:

    I wonder if this is just grease pencil markings by the maintainers? It could be doodles or some guys trying to work out the lunch schedule while they wait for the refueler to finish up. There are so many ways that this could be benign that it doesn’t make sense to instantly fly into a frenzy of fear over it. The markings of a standard grease pencil would wipe off in flight but might leave a slight trace which would still show when heated by an APU leaving exactly the kind of marks discussed here. Are we really so afraid that we fear swirls and streaks might be writing? We should fear that they aren’t! What will you do if these swirly lines with an “Arabic like” look are instead the first stages of metal fatigue? If you must fear at least get your priorities straight. Fear falling out of the sky because of poor maintenance over having graffiti on your airplane that only shows when the APU is run while on the ground. I’m going to take an educated guess here and say these markings are probably drug related and relate to hidden messages for smugglers to pick up hidden caches of drugs on the planes not terrorism.

  78. Tom says:

    Has anyone tested the compound for explosive materials? Most likely they are putting those on the underbelly so they can ignite the explosives with a good laser from the ground.

  79. Kevin says:

    You guys have it all wrong…

    It was caused by GLOBAL WARMING.

  80. Dee says:

    This miay be actual terrorism. Think about it: what IS “terrorism”. We tend to think it is actual violence. (Our government considers “terrorism” to be anything done by people they don’t like,)
    But to get technical, “terrorism” is the act of “terrorizing” someone – and you don’t even have to touch a person to do that. A verbalized threat or gesture – or, for that matter, mysterious invisible writing on the belly of a plane – can produce the desired “terror” in the hearts and minds of others.
    It got the TSA, DHS and FBI all crawling on their hands and knees on the tarmac, didn’t it? it got the attention of some mindless newsdrone, didn’t it? It got us all speculating about it, didn’t it?
    Mission Accomplished, perhaps?

  81. Missy says:

    Not a safety issue?!? Anytime someone can get close enough to a plane to chemically engrave it and go undetected doing so, it’s a safety issue!

  82. Optimus Prime says:

    They are Transformers.

  83. Tired of trash says:

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. mikkir refur says:

    no just 13 year old girls


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

  89. 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?

  90. Old Timer says:

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

  91. 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):


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

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