Confiscation of Anti-War Video

Steve Schear schear at
Thu Oct 31 17:09:36 PST 2002

At 04:28 PM 10/31/2002 -0800, Bill Frantz wrote:
>At 1:52 PM -0800 10/31/02, Steve Schear wrote:
> >At 11:37 AM 10/31/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> >>Another "fix" that is being used is passengers who will act to keep the
> >>plane from being used as a weapon.  If the hijackers have to kill people
> >>with small sharp objects that they can smuggle on board, instead of mass
> >>killing devices like machine guns, then a large number of passengers can
> >>overcome a small number of hijackers.
> >
> >This assumption may not be a good one.  Considering the level of current
> >security checks, it should be trivial to smuggle some sort of anesthetic or
> >poisonous gas generator aboard.  No need for sharp objects.  AFAIK, the air
> >supply aboard current U.S. fleets is shared between passengers and cockpit.
>IIRC, the regs call for pilots to either wear oxygen masks, or have "quick
>to put on" masks readily at hand.

Unfortunately, there are many gasses which kill or disable with only a 
small dosage (e.g., VX).  Unless the cabins are equipped with toxic air 
sensors (possible in a few years with all the biochip work underway) I 
think the masks may be be too little too late.


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