Saturday, April 24, 2010

Terrorism Fear vs Volcano Fear

Now that many passengers (especially people of color) have to submit to full body scans in the name of keeping us safe from terrorism, we find that the airline companies don't really care about safety.  If they did they wouldn't have been fighting for so long to avoid any rules regarding the danger of volcanic ash in the sky.

In the photo below, you will see what will end up in the engine of the plane.  This is volcanic ash after it has solidified.*

Volcanic ash: air industry was warned in 2007

International watchdog told industry flight bans were possible and called for guidelines three years ago
Jamie Doward and Cal Flyn
  • The Observer, Sunday 25 April 2010      
  • Minutes of the Volcano Watch group's annual meeting, held in New Zealand in 2007:
  • "There is no definition of a safe concentration of ash for different aircraft ... In order to give a reliable and justifiable all-clear, once a plume has dispersed enough to be undetectable, clear limits of ash content are required from both the manufacturers and aviation licensing authorities." It acknowledged that establishing a safe lower limit was a "difficult and longstanding problem".     

  • *Information (and image) from the Alaska Volcano Observatory/University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute          

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