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The MacGyver - A measurement of airplane security

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:49 am    Post subject: The MacGyver - A measurement of airplane security Reply with quote

Recent news reports described an incident in which a commercial
airplane was diverted because of fear of a terrorist on board. It was
reported that the suspected woman was considered a threat because
of her behavior (she was apparently claustrophobic and upset), and
because she possessed vaseline, matches, and some writings which
mentioned al qaeda.

This got me to thinking. The increasing restrictions of what can be
carried on board an airplane appear to be headed toward the level
that even the (fictional) MacGyver would have difficulty in disrupting
the operation of an airplane, if he thought it was the right thing to do.

Compared to the list of other problems he has solved with even
fewer common materials at hand (see
it seems likely that these items (along with, perhaps, a chewing-gum
wrapper, and lint from his seatback) would be enough for "Mac" to
accomplish his goal.

I propose the unit of the MacGyver (the MacG) as a measure of
the degree of restrictions imposed on airplane passengers. Perhaps
if passengers were only admitted naked and sat on a bare carpet
on the airplane floor, that would be a "full MacGyver" (or 1.0 MacG's).

The current level of security is perhaps at the 0.3 MacG level, while
the level represented by the concern over the woman with vaseline
and matches might be 0.5 MacG's.

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