Terror in the Skies, Again

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Update: Haven’t read the PDF linked in the article, but it should be a good read and should hopfully better convey some of my thoughts: http://www.boingboing.net/2006/08/07/only_traitors_try_to.html

I want to stand up and yell, “I’ve had it with these mother fucking snakes on this mother fucking plane!” Granted, I’m not on a plane right now, nor would I really care to be on one with snakes. But Samuel L. Jacksons new movie, “Snakes on a Plane” does have a great point…not that I’ve seen it yet, but I will. Here’s the great line with the great point:

You know all those security scenarios we ran? Well I’m smack in the middle of one we didn’t think of.

There’s always going to be something no one has thought of. That’s the nature of being new and innovative. And while I can appreciate what the TSA and Homeland Security is doing for us, it’s not the right thing to do.

Let’s play this out:

10 planes from the UK to the US are targeted. Let’s make it a worse case scenario and make them all Boeing 777 (the largest popular plane in commercial service by maximum seating capacity). Each 777 can hold a maximum of 550 persons (assuming all the seats are economy class). We really don’t care too much about how many terrorists are on each plane, just the fact that at least one terrorists makes it on each flight with all the necessary items to blow up the plane. Great. Now what? They blow up a plane over US land, we all scream and panic, and maybe 5000 people die. Maybe. I don’t really need to bring out the charts showing how many people die of disease, cancer, traffic accidents, or homicides per a day, do I?

But then what?

See, this is the part I don’t get, and forgive me for perhaps being callous, but there’s nothing else. Who ever did this has made no demands. So what, we just lose more of our freedom so that we can save 0.0016 % of the American population? That seems to be the gist of it. It also seems to be the only thing they could want. Thus, based on what happened on 9/11 and what has just happened now, they are winning. Some group of fucktards has managed to fuck with the single most powerful nation in the history of the entire world and get away with it! Not once, but twice!

What about the third time?

What prevents them from sticking their bomb components up their asses and taking them on to the plane? Nothing! So now every time I want to fly, I get a rectal exam. Wonderful! Where do I sign up??

How do you solve this problem. I really don’t know. I’m honestly thinking that putting a gun in the hands of every single American that flies would be the best solution. Thing about it. What were you doing while you flying after 9/11? Sleeping? Hell no. You were profiling every single person who by you, every single person who got on to your plane, every single person who sat in the your section, and everyone single person who walked by your seat.

Imagine that, a entire plane full of US Marshals? Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see. Some smart ass things he can blow up a plane. He bends down and 3 dozen passengers reach for their ankle holsters, pull out their Walther PPK, and align the laser designator on the saps head. Then what? He makes one move and you’ve 549 people who’ve just reclaimed some of their freedom and one hell of a front page story.

Like I said, though. Just an idea.

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3 thoughts on “Terror in the Skies, Again”

  1. Interesting theory. But I highly doubt you would hold these convictions if you knew that the death of your mother could be prevented by the screenings and security checkpoints. Even if they don’t catch every terrorist threat, if they catch the one that would have killed your mom wouldn’t you want them to go ahead with it? And don’t get me wrong, I like Boondock Saints as much as the next guy, but I’m not totally sold on the whole vigilantism thing (see Mystic River)… yet.

  2. @Staples:

    “I highly doubt you would hold these convictions if you knew that the death of your mother could be prevented by the screenings and security checkpoints. Even if they don?t catch every terrorist threat, if they catch the one that would have killed your mom wouldn?t you want them to go ahead with it?”

    While I would be incredibly sad that my Mom died (or substitute anyone), that doesn’t change my belief that the screenings are 100% ineffective and I would prefer to go back to the old system.

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