Re: TERRORISM: Re: looking for solutions

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Thu Sep 13 2001 - 03:13:21 MDT

On Wed, 12 Sep 2001, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> The next group of terrorists that tries to take over a plane will be
> ripped to shreds by the bare hands of their alleged hostages no matter
> what weapons they have. We may very well have seen the last plane

The reasoning is largely theoretical. Synchronized sustained attack by
untrained unarmed civilians against armed trained attackers in a cramped
environment is not easy to do.

> Maybe beefing up the airlock isn't such a great idea.

Since separate-entry pilot compartment will be too costly to design and
retrofit, merely use automatic no-override reinforced door locking of the
flight control compartment will do. For starters, pilots boarding first
and locking the door until passengers leave again and training pilots will
do plenty. I will check on the next flight whether they changed the SOPs
by trying to walk towards the cockpit. If I see the door open I'm going to
file a formal complaint towards the airline.

Recorded video feed from passenger section to cockpit is another item to

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