Twistedwhisper
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Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Tue Nov 09, 2004 7:48 pm

US authorities has granted Korean Air to equip specially trained cabin crew with tasers, or electric-shock-gun. Part of the reason for this is that the tasers hopefully will deter potential terrorists...

What's you opinion on this? I for one think it's a great idea, I prefer tasers rather than guns, specially on a plane.

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nedguy
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:32 am

I’m just not sure about this.

I have to believe that everybody has thought it through carefully before giving the go-ahead, but my worries are the same as they were in Nov 2001 when United suggested they might equip their crews with Tasers.

I emailed the press office at Boeing (I'm a travel journalist) and asked if the company had done any research on what the effects of a 150,000-volt pulse (or whatever it is. Can’t remember now) might be on the avionics in a digital cockpit if one of those things was accidently discharged in a struggle for control of the flight deck.

They said that would be a good question for United!
 
LH423
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:48 am

Yes, but a bullet through a door or cockpit window at 35,000 ft could have just as, if not more, catastrophic results.

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OB1504
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:56 am

Yes, but a bullet through a door or cockpit window at 35,000 ft could have just as, if not more, catastrophic results.

Would you rather have a small bullet hole in a window resulting in an emergency descent (or a good place to throw the terrorist out of), which would be necessary anyway if someone had just hijacked the airplane, or have the windows intact but all of the instruments fried?

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LH423
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 11:01 am

If I have a competent crew, then the latter.

But apparently you haven't seen what little holes can do at that altitude and speed.

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bennett123
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 6:51 pm


I seem to remember a BAC 111 in the Philipines which twice landed safely after a grenade exploded on board.

Clearly, a bullet hole is survivable. Equally fried electrics are not ideal, but should be survivable.

The main criteria is presumably which is most accurate.

I tend to prefer Taser because it is less lethal. The fact is that based on past history, most hijackings end with little or no loss of life. 9/11 was NOT the norm.
 
Twistedwhisper
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RE: Tasers On Korean Air - Good Or Bad?

Fri Nov 12, 2004 7:31 pm

Would you rather have a small bullet hole in a window resulting in an emergency descent

That's childish, man... A hole in the window leads to rapid cabin pressure fall, and in worst case scenarios that could mean that part of the roof flies of... and take the tail with it... and then my friend, your emergency descent turns in to an aggressive, close to vertical, and uncontrolled dive... a descent rate of 15 000 ft per minute is not an emergency descent... it's a "crash and burn"...
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