Tom McInerney, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and former fighter pilot, said that the president took some risks but that the trip was neither foolhardy nor ill-advised.Shoot down?
'The Air Force is equipped to handle the threats,' he said.
He said Air Force One has some of the most sophisticated defense systems ever devised. The systems include flares that can draw heat-seeking missiles away from the jet's engines and on-board lasers that can shoot down incoming missiles.
I figure he said confuse or disable, and the reporter blew the quote, but who knows. Maybe they really do have lasers on board that can down missiles.
But I doubt it.