And in one of the greatest displays of twisted logic I have seen, which illustrates the dire need for tort reform: Crashing of hijacked jet ruled a ?foreseeable risk? NEW YORK, Sept. 9 ? The crashing of a hijacked jetliner was the kind of ?foreseeable risk? that the airline industry should have guarded against, a judge ruled Tuesday as he permitted lawsuits related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to proceed. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said that while it may be true that terrorists had never deliberately flown airplanes into buildings, ?airlines reasonably could foresee that crashes causing death and destruction on the ground was a hazard that would arise should hijackers take control of a plane.? American and United Airlines, the Boeing Co. and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey all are named in the lawsuits. If you think airline travel is restricitive now, what do you think is going to be the result of this decision? Airlines are going to have to guard against every single type of contingency or disaster. I suppose we can kiss popular airline travel goodbye. It is going to become either prohibitively expensive for any company to operate in the US, or ticket prices are going to be so high that only the extremely wealthy will be able to afford them..