Re: TERRORISM: Re: looking for solutions

From: Ken Clements (
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 23:11:39 MDT

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:

> UNLESS all the terrorists need to do is smuggle one man and one knife
> the cockpit, then close the armored door and pilot the plane into the
> Capitol building as the passengers scream and futilely claw at the
> bulkhead.
> Maybe beefing up the airlock isn't such a great idea.

Well, that is a big if. If you go on that line, he might as well grab
an empty plane. I was suggesting a situation in which the only time the
door would be openable is when no passengers could be around. Security
would make sure no one was in there (it is a very small room) ahead of
the pilot. I suggest the ground control would get the GO code from the
pilot after she is locked in and before the passengers are allowed on.
You can "what if" this another 3 sigma down the probability
distribution, but what is the point?

If there are enough passengers, they can make the plane unflyable by
packing themselves in the tail section. After this week, they could
probably use cell phones to call for an air strike against themselves.
The whole point is that cabin security is the quickest way to cover most
cases, so that is what I expect you will see first.


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