NPR logo

U.S. Aircraft Seen as Vulnerable to Missile Attack

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4465917/4465918" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
U.S. Aircraft Seen as Vulnerable to Missile Attack

U.S.

U.S. Aircraft Seen as Vulnerable to Missile Attack

U.S. Aircraft Seen as Vulnerable to Missile Attack

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4465917/4465918" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A study by the RAND Corporation finds that al Qaeda and its affiliates have both the motive and means to attack U.S. commercial aircraft with shoulder-fired missiles. But should airlines equip their planes with anti-missile defenses? Robert Siegel talks with New York Times reporter Matthew Wald about the study's conclusion.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.