VOLUME 9 - No. 9 Published and Printed by Piedmont Aviotion, Inc. OCTOBER 1957
EMPLOYEES IN BEST POSITION
TO TRAP BOMB HOAXERS
Washington, D.C. - You and your fellow
airline employees form the front line of
attack in our bottle against bomb hoaxers.
YOU are in the best position to trap a
hoaxer. What's more, your efforts leading
to the arrest of such a culprit may net you
as much as $1,000, awarded by the Air
Transport Association of America, the oii^
line industry's national trade organization.
Psychiatrists tell us a hoaxer is usually o
phychopath who gets deep gratificationout
of the next day's newspapers and rodio-TV
newscasts reporting the bedlam his handi
work created out at the airport.
And bedlam it is! People are frightened;
aircraft, luggage, and terminals are emptied
and searched; flights are delayed and others
called back and bod publicity ensues.
Although all bomb warnings so far have
been phoney, you never really know.
Never compromising with safety, it is im
perative we undertake the chore of empty
ing and searching.
Confident that hoax publicity breeds more
hoaxes, the airl ines' publ ic relations people
are taking the problem to newsmen through
out the nation. The press, eager as we to
discourage this publ ic inconvenience-whether
it apply to airline, high school or rail
station—is adopting more realistic policies
covering bomb-scare reporting.
The airline industry is working closely with
the FBI to promote systematic co-operation
between airl ines and the FBI to Increase
chances of apprehension, and ATA is con
ducting a study to determine behavior
patterns of the psychopathic hoaxer.
Certainly, airline employees can be the
most effective weapons in the campaign to
end the bomb craze. In mobil izing employees,
the ATA has established on award program
iin which any airl ine employee who materially
assists authorities in their efforts to appre
hend o hoaxer will be given a cash award
up to $1,000, depending upon the extent
of the employee's help.
Within the post five months, two hoaxers
have been caught, and two airline em
ployees hove each won $1,000 for the help
they gave authorities. The winners ore
Agent Shirley Young of American Airlines,
Cleveland, and Agent Paul Epifano of
Eastern Air Lines, New York.
In making the awards, Stuart G. Tipton,
President of the ATA, said, "The best weapons
the airlines have in the campaign to re
duce the menace of the bomb hoaxer are
employees like Miss Young and Mr.Epifano.
Their quick response to an emergency is
typical of the kind of men and women who
serve our industry today."
YOU could be the airl ine employee who gets
the next crank call, "There's a bomb on
one of your pi ones I"
Procedure you should follow includes:
1. Alert a co-worker to call the FBI or
other authorities immediately. He should
alert operations personnel.
2. Keep your hoaxer talking to give more
time to trace his call. Ask questions :
Where is the bomb? Can you describe it?
When is it set to go off? Who planted it,
when, why, how? What's your name ,
address, telephone number? Where are you
calling from? What do you have against
the airl ine,or whomever it is designed for?
3. Listen carefully. Background noises
moy indicate his location. Voice may in
dicate age. His remarks may give important
4. Take down detailed notes. If avail
able, turn on recorder.
5. Give the FBI and other authorities your
We are pleased to announce the promotion
Of Mr. Forest G. Bates to the position of
Supervisor of Revenue Accounting effective
November 1, 1957, succeeding Mr. C.
H. McCall who has resigned effective
October 31,1957, to join the Air Transport
Mr. Bates will be ably assisted by Mr.
Oscar L.Tesh, Jr., who has been promoted
to Assistant Supervisor of Revenue Account
SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL
An F-27 FI ight Operations and Supervisor's
course was held between October 21 and
November 1 in Hagerstown, Md. Those
attending were J .A. Rehder, Director of
Trainingand his assistant, J. W. Johnson;
W. A. Blackmon, Supervisor of Ground
Operations; Forrest Shelton, Check Pilot;
J. F. Wood, Engineer; L. H. Jackson,
Chief Inspector and Cal Murray, CAA
Operations Safety Agent.
Following this course, Fairchild has sche
duled a service school in the F-27 Electri
cal System andPiedmont personnel attending
are Messrs.Rehder, Johnson, Wood, Jack
son, C. E. Wilson and M. W. Graham.
The Pneumatic System course is scheduled
for November 12 - 15, Power Package
November 18-22 and Airframe December
2 - 13.