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18 October 2003 @ 12:15 pm
Airline safety?  
Frightening story about a college student proving how substandard airline security is.

Feel safe?

While we're at it, why don't we take a look at the school principal dressed as a Teletubbie. Nice.
Current Mood: scaredscared
Current Music: Billy Joel - The Piano Man
Tajessatajessa on October 18th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
No, I don't feel at all safe. But then again, I never really did.

A bloke stabbed a Qantas stewardess on a domestic flight a few months back, with a piece of jagged wood, and there was a big flurry of media attention. What they didn't really focus on especially, and should've, is the fact that tighter and tighter security really doesn't seem to solve anything. People will come up with ways to get around it. A bloke tries to put bombs in his shoes; a bloke stabs someone with a piece of wood to avoid metal detectors; when's it going to stop? I'm starting to think we'd be better off with really bog-standard security, so that all the evil geniuses out there don't have a reason to demonstrate the depths of their evil genius inventiveness.
I don't know. I'm full of crap. But that's just what I think.

On another note, I saw Donnie Darko last night, so I feel even less safe about planes now. ;)
Michael: Ghostly Blueservermonkey on October 18th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
My father-in-law's aversion to air travel has been something the family has talked about for years. He and his wife flew down to Florida for the winter, for the first time ever, but I do worry about their future flights, or our families' and friends traveling.

I haven't flown in about five years, and am extremely hesitant in doing so now.

I've also seen Donnie Darko since my last flight so long ago, so maybe that's also in play as well. But, God, do I love that movie. Must own it.
Katieplaintiff on October 18th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
Ughghgh. Yuck.
Michael: Ghostly Blueservermonkey on October 18th, 2003 10:11 am (UTC)
Indeed, though I wasn't sure if you meant that for both articles, or just the first one.
Trilliantrillian42 on October 18th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Well... no.... but they're both good articles. The kid from Guilford made a very valid point, and I'm glad he did so. The principal made another valid point, and got his kids reading. So what if he has to be a Teletubbie for a day? It's not like he's doing it just because he wants to.
Michael: Ghostly Blueservermonkey on October 18th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm curious as to what's going to happen to this guy now that they've proven their point. I skimmed the articles much too quickly and need to re-read them.

Didn't even know about the reading part about the principal as a Teletubbie. I read the 3,000 pages bit, but missed the point. Imagine that, work getting in the way of reading.
I don't get mad, I get stabby.: Bentleygi_jamie on October 18th, 2003 07:18 pm (UTC)
That principal if fucking awesome. I want him.
I don't get mad, I get stabby.: Bentleygi_jamie on October 18th, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should read more. I meant "is."

hukt on fonics wurkt fer mee!