I’m not sure I understand what the hell the problem is in this news item about how the Swiss government has banned El Al passenger planes from landing at their airports because of an anti-missile shield installed on the planes:
The Swiss aviation authority has already barred El Al aircrafts equipped with the new system from landing in the country, and the German paper said more countries are expected to soon follow.
“If we catch Israeli planes fitted with this system in our airports, they will be grounded,” a spokesman for the Swiss aviation authority told Der Spiegel.
From what I can gather from the brief article there’s some concern that a misfire of the system could result in damages of some sort, though what kind of damage is expected isn’t spelled out. Considering the fact that these planes fly into Israel on a regular basis and could become the targets of shoulder launched missiles it seems a relatively intelligent thing to do so I’m curious as to why the Swiss—and possibly other EU countries—would have a problem with it. With the rise of international terrorism I’m actually surprised that these aren’t standard on all planes in every country as a just-in-case precaution.
Given the choice of flying in a plane with a missile defense system versus one without I’d prefer the one with the defense system installed. I don’t expect any flights I’m on to come under missile attack, but I’d be happier if we were prepared for it just in case.