Tuesday, December 29, 2009
(fm the BC thread "President Obama urges America to learn")
There has been outrage expressed about the restrictions during the last hour of a flight. If we use a little logic and don't assume that everything that comes from TSA is pure bloody mindedness we may find a reason. If a plane is destroyed in mid flight it is a tragedy but the odds are that the casualties will be confined to the people on the plane. Think of the 4th plane on 9-11 that went down in rural Pennsylvania. The plan in the Detroit case was to bring the plane down over a populated urban area or at the airport by initiating the explosive when the pilot announced that they were 10 minutes from landing. That would have served the terrorists purpose of creating a spectacular public event. This is at best a stopgap response.