Milemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1096 posts, RR: 2 Posted (14 years 1 day ago) and read 4513 times:
Some of you may have heard this as well yesterday(Wednesday) morning on the Howard Stern show. The interview was with Donald Trump about an unrelated subject, but it deviated to the topic of 9/11.
On a phone interview...Mr. Trump suggested all cockpits be installed with a big red button that when pushed, fills the passenger cabin with sleeping gas to take control over a terrorist situation. Yes, it would put everyone to sleep..including all the passengers(the pilots would have gas masks of some sort). The plane would then land at the nearest airport and remove the threat of another impact.
What do you think? I'm in favor of the idea personally...
Jer32382 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 day ago) and read 4403 times:
Let me present this idea to you. Ok, we have this new gasing system installed on the planes. So a terrorist who has connections with the ground service people (i.e. food service, cleaning service, etc.) has one of his contacts tape into the gas supply and place a strain of anthrax for example in the supply. The plane goes up, the terrorist causes a problem, the pilot pushes that big red button and bam. You have a plane full of people infected with anthrax or some other deadly virus. The plane lands, the people come on board to get the unconscious passengers off and then they get infected without even knowing it. It just keeps spreading and we have a nightmare on our hands and a potentially deadly epiodemic. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I really think that is a legitimet (sp?) cause for concern about this gassing system.
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 day ago) and read 4357 times:
why? they could just tap into the current air supply of an airliner. No need to have to wait for a special gassing system. Let's face it, we can not prepare for EVERY single even that may happen. It's impossible. I hate to say it but there are ways around everything. I'm not going to even stress over possible attacks. If it happens, it happens. Nothing I can do but deal with it if it comes.
Milemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1096 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 day ago) and read 4319 times:
My further opinion...
As far as an inside job for anthrax (so very remote) being put into an aircraft, it would take a great deal to get access to the ventillation system and rig it up. Also, anthrax can't be distributed in a gas form and would be a visible "powder or dust" that would be obviously out of the norm. Secondly, testing people for anthrax spores is a simple process and can be done very quickly if there is any suspicion. From what I've heard, anthrax cannot be spread from person to person so an epidemic simply wouldn't happen.
It certainly would take a lot of sleeping gas to knock out an entire passenger cabin.. but only if it were even just enough to weaken the threat just enough to get the plane safely on the ground. The cost would be no more astronomical then staffing an air marshall for a year or two.
I would hate to be in any situation where terrorists try to seize control of an aircraft I'm on. But I'm sure all of you would rather be knocked out than crash into a building of some sort at 500+ mph.
FlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 23 hours ago) and read 4292 times:
I think its a great idea even without the whole terrorists situation. Have you ever been a trans-oceanic flight and couldn't fall asleep? Have the Fa's come around, gas people who want it, and bamm. Ofcourse it wouldnt be that simple, but its something to think about.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (14 years 22 hours ago) and read 4284 times:
What a riot...
We are trained, in a hijacking (or similar) situation, to depressurize the cabin of the aircraft to do the same thing as a sleeping gas would. In doing this, it reduces the bloodflow to the brain, which will effectively knock out the pax and allow us to land the plane with minumum hassle. The oxygen mask system is manually overridden, and only the pilots and possibly the flight attendants would be protected against it through the use of oxygen. However, this process could take in excess of 20-25 minutes to have an effect on the passengers, and if by chance during this period a terrorist walks into the cockpit and see the pilots with oxygen masks on, well, if one of the guys doesn't have a quick imagination, then there could be trouble.
This would not kill the passengers, it would simply put them in a "hibernation" mode until normal air pressure can be restored. The downside is that by doing this, you run the risk of having to evacuate a planeload of unconscious passengers in the event of an emergency, which definitely could get hairy.
Ziffle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 4240 times:
Replace "sleeping gas" with "sarin nerve gas"...
Sounds much more plausible than the anthrax outbreak (which isn't contagious and takes ages to kill someone). The sarin would immediately put everyone who inhaled it to rest.
You now have a terrorist threat on the aeroplane and from memory these fundamentalists don't care if they die or not.
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
Im on a prescription medication that can't be mixed with sleeping gas. Whenever I have surgery it has to be IV induced. So you hit the button, I die. Think I'm ever going to buy a ticket again. Heck no
Stratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1074 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (14 years 12 hours ago) and read 4208 times:
Hmmm, good points from everyone but I definetely prefer the sleeping gas option over armed sky marshalls. But whatever is done onboard the planes it must be combined with better security checks on the ground.
JonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 10 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
Not mention Greg, its impossible.
Some of you guys need to actually read about jetliners before you write about them. Posts like these would get trashed by the second message.
The reason its impossible is that cockpit and the cabin are pressurized together, hence the pilot can go into the cabin and flight attendents into the cockpit during flight. Its essential for this access...more so than the possibility of a hijacking.
This was all clearly explained recently...in The Wall Street Journal...no less.