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Re: OT Re: Analysis from a JHU CS Prof
From: herb () tomobiki urusei net
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 00:04:03 -0700 (PDT)

Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
At 07:51 PM 9/12/2001 -0400, David Lesher wrote:
 >E-tickets are history, per NPR...

Why?  Who cares if they mail you a paper ticket, as long as you are checked 
for weapons before getting on the plane?  And if they are worried about ID, 
mailing you a paper ticket will not help, ID will still have to be checked 
at the airport.

This is getting silly.  They are talking about removing all the plastic 
knives for "security".  What's next?  No pens?  (You might stab 
someone.)  And certainly no laptops!  (You might bash the pilot over the 
head.)  And I hope you like eating soup & jello, since you cannot have 
forks.  (You might stick someone in the eye.)

Grrrr.  US Airport security was a joke, and we all knew it.  Please tighten 
it, but do not be ridiculous about it.

Other countries seem to let people fly without these pathetic 
rules.  Perhaps we should ask them instead of making up silly rules.
Il-Al, the Israeli national airline, has a armed policemen/solder called 
the "cowboy" on all flights.

We used to have Air Marshals on domestic flights but the FAA scaled back 
to only having some Sky Marshals on international flights.

People are talking about separate entrances for the pilots and other
solutions that would need a total redesign of the airplane...

What's so hard about putting the Air Marshals back on domestic flights 
again?  Hell, what's so hard about giving the *pilot* a frigging gun in 
a lock box?  If the lock box gets opened--the plane's transponder starts 
sending a sos out.  Two birds with one stone...

That still does not fix the real problem:  What do you do with people 
who want to destroy the West and are willing to kill everybody including
themselves to do it...???


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