so somebody is acting crazy, keeps saying he has a bomb, then reaches for his backpack, repeatedly ignoring requests to stop
For a moment, I will ignore what really happened, and assume that this is exactly what went down.
Let's see, if I hear someone screaming that, I'm not going to take them completely seriously. Usually, people who do have bombs and want to blow things up without interference are quiet. If he does have it, and is announcing it, it might be better to try and defuse the situation other ways, forgive the pun.
But wait, given that suicide bombers don't want interference, given that people scream bomb when they themselves fear such a device is present and are panicing, and given his location (past all security checkpoints), I think I'd have to see him rip open his vest with the wires and dynamite before I was sure, or act in a deliberate, non-paniced manner (bomber says, you even know about it, but you can't stop me, and calmly reaches toward the button).
how do bombs work fool?
Any number of ways. There are more ways for them to be triggered than there are recipes for chicken, for christ's sake. How do we know that he isn't wearing an ankle bracelet that checks for a pulse, and as soon as his is gone, kaboom! How do we not know that it's not on a timer, and even he can't trigger it early... in which case he's more useful alive.
you're saying that the responsible thing to do is assume he is NOT about to set off a bomb?
To be safe, let's assume everyone is. Anyone reaches into a purse, bam, headshot. Oh, you were only scratching your balls, Mr. Vaguely-Arab-Looking? Oops, my bad. We can just start shooting everyone. It accomplishes the same thing, that is, shooting people who are not suicide bombers. Hell, we might (astronomically small chance) get an actual bomber, after murdering a few hundred thousand of our citizens.
The responsible thing to do is not be a cretinous goon without an iota of:
And then go off to be a Air Marshal. By Gods, people should be afraid of flying, I sure as hell was my first time, and I still am. Statistics be damned, there's not alot keeping you alive up there in the air. Am I surprised that one of the few things that is, is a pilot that has tens of thousands of hours in the air, often on that very model of jet? How much you want to bet the Air Marshals only need a few months of simulation training, and that nothing more than "You have to quickly pull your gun and shoot him from an angle that minimizes airframe damage."
- Common sense
- Calm, deliberate manner
- Excessive training, not only of procedure, but of your very mind itself
do you live on the same planet as me?
Yes, but it's an accident of birth. It's a big planet, ~8000 miles in diameter, so in theory I should be fine even with you sharing it... problem is, there are too many reactionary ijits like you. Millions upon millions.
I'll leave you with this parting thought... the methods you condone have killed an innocent, if nervous, man. Decades from now, they won't have saved a single flight, or a single life. This is my prediction.
The methods I suggest don't even have to save a single flight now, to be superior, they only have to keep from killing nervous/mentally ill people.
Do not look directly into laser with remaining good eye.
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