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In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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Solutions that create more problems
by DoctorD on Wed 17th Nov 2010 17:44 UTC
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Good solutions should not lead to bigger problems that need solving.

I thought of this years ago. Why do they bother designing airplanes so that the pilot's quarters and the passenger cabin are even connected at all? Think about it. If they were completely separate, with separate entrances, and no door and perhaps even a depressurized zone in between, then there is no way any passenger, terrorist or otherwise, can ever take control of the plane. Doesn't matter what kind of strings they try to pull, it just isn't going to happen.

This opens the door to further possibilities, like relatively harmless sleeping agents that can put the passengers out if violence ensues, as a last resort.

No, it doesn't stop people from "just blowing things up". But by taking the "strings" away, and the fact that the physics of the scenario changes so effectively, motivation to look towards airplanes for terrorism in the first place would diminish to such a degree that I imagine it would become a non-issue relatively quickly.

Just an example of thinking outside the box to solve something more effectively.

Edited 2010-11-17 17:58 UTC

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