Mexican Drug Cartel Shoots At Aeromexico Flight As Government Arrests Son Of El Chapo

Aeromexico flight AM165 from Culiacán to Mexico City was cancelled after being shot at while taxiing out for departure. The Embraer E-190 (registration XA-ALW) had bullets penetrating the cabin, as passengers ducked.

El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has been imprisoned in the United States since 2019. His son, Ovidio Guzmán, was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, early on Thursday. The cartel sought to break him out of custody before he could be removed from the province. There were both cartel operations, and revenge-style lashing out, while citizens are being advised to remain indoors at home.

There was fighting between Mexican officials and the cartel at the airport.

Meanwhile, here’s the scene from on board the aircraft.

Throughout Sinaloa the cartel is showing force.

The Aeromexico flight was cancelled. Passengers and crew are all reported as safe, though no doubt under the circumstances they might have preferred to get themselves to Mexico City.

Commercial flights have certainly been shot at before, though fortunately it’s rare. It was only just in November, though, when bullets pierced the cabin of a Middle East Airlines plane as it landed in Beirut. And organized crime bringing bullets into airports isn’t new. In the Philippines we’ve seen security workers plant bullets in passenger belongings, ‘discover’ the bullets, and then extort the passengers.

If you wonder how the Mexican cartel can be so brazen, remember that the U.S. Border Patrol actually provided armed security for a drug cartel wedding. Their tentacles run deep, especially on their home turf.

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  1. Tomorrows Compensation Clinic

    Passenger request 60,000 miles compensation for being shot at on tarmac

  2. Supply and demand.
    As long as the LA crowd want their supply of coke and speed, the cartels will give it to them
    So, you can thank the Cali druggies for the violence in Mexico.

  3. There is also a lot of meth-related smuggling that goes from Mexico into the US to deliver to demand for drugs in the Trumplandia areas of the country.

  4. Can we please just make drugs illegal in the US so no one will use them? Same for guns. Thanks

  5. Meanwhile in America random gunmen kill children in school. We should not be so fast to judge the sins of another.

  6. I was sitting in a cafe in downtown Tulum in Dec 2020 when a drive-by assassination happened literally across the street. Thankfully it was a highly targeted hit so no random people were struck by stray bullets but still was scary. I hightailed it out of Tulum after that.

  7. @ Brodie

    You can blame the failed war on drugs on the vast sums of cash flowing from the god-fearing white folk of the sick old US of A (yep – drug abuse is predominantly a “white persons” issue).

    So, USD30 billion of cocaine annually from the USA, fuelling the cartels, the pay offs and all of the other shite goes with it. Add in the meth, etc., and you have one junkie country called the United States of Addicts.

    Meanwhile, on Wall Street, commodity prices are determined by the big end of town. Take coffee for example. There are 100,000s of small holding family business farmers in Colombia who cannot run their businesses financially because the price of their raw product (e.g. green coffee beans) is determined by some US mega corporate coffee purchasers and the traders in New York (who, ironically may be snorting the white powder whilst scooping their mega salaries – pass me the3 sick bucket). The local farmers get a few bucks per kg, whereas their product can sell for as much as 20 times that down the supply chain.

    Let’s not even start on the issue of US interventions in other nations…

    Basically, mate – you are an ignorant fcukwit.

  8. So now you can’t call the blog author any more without your posts being deleted / redacted

  9. Even if you refuse to publish my posts, one must assume that you read them.

    Let’s be clear – I’ve called you out for:

    1) factually inaccurate posts that you refuse to correct (e.g. bad math on ElAl FF buy out)
    2) your incitement to racism in your readers (how many examples do you need – the recent one about Kuwait is a starter)
    3) articles fundamentally misdirected in fact, logic and analysis on topics wherein I am an expert including airside during safety, viral disease control and matters Australian such as local industrial relation legislation)
    4) facile logic (e.g. trying to link failing to fire staff involved in runway incursions with a loss of airside safety)
    5) wanton conflation to wallpaper your premise (Israel does not equal Jewish; an advocate for Greenpeace does not equal your projection of “woke”)
    6) your vile incitement of mob rule (e.g. your invocation that public opinion shoudl determine the sacking of the union head of United pilots)
    7) your misrepresentation of science / medicine (e.g. ignorant and now contradictory comments on COVID, masks)
    8) Misrepresentative comments on my country of domicile (Australia)
    9) Puerile attacks on competitive websites (e.g. TPG review of BA first flight)
    10) Choice of articles and content to advocate click bait (well most of your articles these days – your blog, so your choice)

    Sadly, I have the suspicion that you have the competency, experience and intelligence to make yo ur website the best in the business (accepting that is just one person’s personal opinion). IMHO you are squandering such.

    Ironically, you are blocking my critiques (despite claiming that you do not do so), upon a history of letting the most vile comments foster on your website, including the most insidious and disgusting comments at one time made about my wife based one her race – arguably the most repugnant comment I’ve ever seen on a travel blog.

    But you let that pass without moderation.

    WTF mate?!

    That said, your website – your choice. My patience and respect are exhausted.


  10. @platy – I edited just one single off-topic comment of yours, blasting me for “dog whistle racism, anti union stuff, anti-science / medicine rants” on a post about.. redeeming miles for swiss first class. Oddly you’ve complained about lack of moderating comments, but when it happens to you . . .

    I’ll let this one stand. Your criticisms are often strawmanning what I’ve written or taking things out of context, but certainly very *long* and often mean-spirited. You can attack me all you wish. Try to do it where those criticisms are at least tangentially related to the content of the post itself though? My patience has long since been exhausted.

  11. @Gary Leff

    “I edited just one single off-topic comment of yours, blasting me for “dog whistle racism, anti union stuff, anti-science / medicine rants” on a post about.. redeeming miles for swiss first class. Oddly you’ve complained about lack of moderating comments, but when it happens to you . . .”

    Gary – you declared your intent to moderate comments that were racist, but not “off topic” in your opinion (ironic when you continue incite racism in recent articles, but hey…we get the picture).

    Apparently, you’ve now just changed the goalposts at your discretion – off-topic posts no longer allowed. No problem, your website – your choice, except you always crow about accepting criticism. Calling out that hypocrisy. Your choice.

    Just let the other readers know and apply the same rules to everyone else – not just those who challenge your articles on the 10-point basis articulated in my post above.

    For clarity – and it’s only my personal opinion – your website would be the better if comments were moderated to be on topic. Until such time. I don’t know why you think my comments should be subject to alternate rules applied in your self interest under the guise of hypocrisy. Two-way bet for you – fella.

    And, the delicious self-aggrandising irony it’s the critique of your blog that gets moderated, but not the anti-Indian stuff, or your own anti-Kuwaiti stuff…

    So, dump the faux hypocrisy fella.

    Just a shame you weren’t so sensitive when my wife was subject to vile and personalised anti Hispanic comments.

    “I’ll let this one stand.”

    Oh, such suppurating gratitude, mate. Crawling on my hands and knees from Cairns to Austin. If it’d been the other way around, I’d have gladly stood you drinks and dinner on my local turf.

    “Your criticisms are often strawmanning what I’ve written or taking things out of context, but certainly very *long* and often mean-spirited.”

    OK – I recently provided a (admittedly long) critique about your anti-union hack job article on airside driving article. Here’ s the key point. It’s a topic on which I am a specialist. I called you out. You had zero response. Your article was ignorant (or wantonly expressed as such) and illogical (ascribing blame to the wrong party). You failed to make the bridge between reality and your perception.

    An expert in that field calls you out. No response.

    Zero rating, Gary.

    But that article served your purpose to stir up the mob. And that must be your readership – the mob – not the articulate frequent traveller.

    And on the topic of mean spirited – this is the blog that had entertained the most odious attacks against blacks and other races.

    “:You can attack me all you wish.”

    Apparently, not. Such comment are on notice as being off topic.

    “Try to do it where those criticisms are at least tangentially related to the content of the post itself though?”

    New rules. Better let folk know.

    “My patience has long since been exhausted.”

    Shame you ignore my suspicion of your competency and potential (articulated in my post above), misplaced in the pursuit of click bait. I still encourage you to reflect on such believing that you are a better person and more far more talented than the content of this blog suggests.

    Now – at some point our paths will undoubtedly cross (one hopes in most agreeable and respectful circumstances) – when they do, I expect you to apologise to my wife for the abhorrent racism you have incited personally against her and her people.

    Be well, be brilliant, be successful, be a great dad, and all of that. I genuinely wish the best for you and your family and for all of your readers.

  12. @platy – you misrepresent what I wrote about the comments section, and I don’t even know what to say about your unsupported claim “I expect you to apologise to my wife for the abhorrent racism you have incited personally against her”

    I mean…

  13. Platy-Don’t you have anything better to do with your life. Give the guy a break or get the duck out of here. Done.

  14. The aimless tirades are irrelevant and tiresome.
    If you want to discuss politics, international intrigue, bless you, but use the appropriate forum.
    This is a travel blog, last I checked.

  15. This will be coming to our American cities and neighborhoods soon due to our unsecure southern border. The globalist uniparty has sold us out.

  16. Platy take a rest before you get banned from this site. Gary is losing patience with you.

    Gary one comment to make. I live both in the US and Philippines. The issue with bullets being planted was many years ago and confined to one airport ( Manila). I go back and forth between the US / Cebu / MNL sometimes several times a year. I have NEVER experienced a issue. Please let’s put that issue to rest now as the Philippines Government under former President Duterte cleaned up the corruption at the airport.

  17. @OnePatriot. Violence is coming to America because of Mexico? It was here long before. It’s well documented in the slaughtering of children in schools across America by white men with weapons. Of course, let’s also not forget all the white men at the insurrection on January 6th heck-bent on killing. Just in case you miss the domestic news in your reading. You’re like the guy with a messy yard who criticizes the neighbor as being the reason.

  18. @ Platy

    thought you were leaving: “exeunt omnes” ( you meant “eo” or “ego eo”)

  19. @Jack the Lad… we can but hope! And I have no doubt that platy has a big enough ego to believe that the rest of us would all quit if he does.

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