keeping bombs off planes - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
keeping bombs off planes|
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with liquids and electronics it's harder. so maybe the better thing to say is -- ban classes of things that are hard to check quickly for safety, leaving the rest.
there have also been interesting suggestions about sending all luggage on a separate, "sister" plane. it'll cost a lot but compared with the cost of screening, maybe not too bad -- and it'd be more reliable than screening.
it is of course true that they should either do the above or find a way to screen all checked baggage first...
the big beef i have with all of that is --
how are we going to travel without laptops?
to conferences, to work at sister-universities overseas... how?
and cameras that we take to our vacations??
they can't be checked in, they will be either stolen or broken. + film cameras with film can't be exrayed.
banning is not going to solve anything. profiling and smart checks will, i agree with yelya.
of course profiling/checks are preferable. if they work, nothing else is needed. but el-al is relatively small, and replicating what it does on the world's scale might not work as well...
i guess i was thinking specifically of liquids ignited by electronics. laptops & cameras you could put in an overhead bin that is locked for the duration of the flight, you take it out at the end.
if screening technology catches with e.g. liquid explosives -- this won't be needed, but it's not there yet...