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*Growls a bit*

I didn't think it would actually get there, but seriously, i'm getting to the point where i'm having trouble convincing myself that flying is worth the trouble at this point.

The only thing that saves it is that it's still the fastest way around.

But bleh... And Air Canada is slowly reducing more and more flights to the USA anyway, even more now with that latest stupidity.

Why can't we just get high speed trains or something before we run out of travel options?

Date: 2009-12-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lanovran.livejournal.com
According to the US Secretary of Transportation, they're working on getting high-speed rail set up here. It'll be a while, though, I'm sure. I agree, it's a shame that flying is such an expensive hassle nowadays.

Date: 2009-12-29 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysticorca.livejournal.com
It's funny because when people talk about a trip to, say, California or Florida, I immediately start thinking about how long it would take the drive there. Flying doesn't even cross my mind.

I would like to see high-speed rail, though. We have some sort of passenger rail system in place, I just don't really know how it works.

Date: 2009-12-30 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyxaron.livejournal.com
Yeah, i can't really consider driving myself, because of how long it would take...

Date: 2009-12-29 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drakkor.livejournal.com
The problem is not the way of transportation, but how to fight against those idiots who want to bomb them and so. Even that fast track train will not escape that fact unfortunately. }:(

Date: 2009-12-30 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyxaron.livejournal.com
Punch 'em in the face. Seriously.

Planes are not hijackable anymore, since they've had the good idea of locking the cockpit door. So that leaves only the passenger area as potential place for things to happen. Which pretty much limits the possibility of an attack to the passengers and what is below.

Make sure the flights don't go over very populated places (nuclear reactors? New York downtown?) at low enough altitude that very precise detonation wouldn't be possible, and you've got the casuality maximum count reduced to a few houses below and the passengers.

And at that point, first, the impact of the terrorist attack wouldn't be that much. Personally, it's a risk i'd be willing to live with to avoid all that much complexity. I mean, at that point, the chances of it happening and the potential for deaths still makes it safer than driving a car.

And well, the mentality of the people in planes has most likely already shifted from "let's obey and stay quiet so they don't kill hostages" to "if the bastard does it, we all die", which i'm sure would act as a good motivation for at least a good part of the people on the plane to just beat the crap out of anyone who tries to light part of themselve on fire, or anything like that.

I can agree with some of the checkpoint checking, x-rays and such, to some extent the liquid policies because while the terror prevention is pathetic, it saves from dozens and dozens of improperly sealed bottles flooding an overhead luggage bin, and you can imagine how much fun a 6h flight is with listerine dripping from above and knowing your laptop bag and sketchbook are in there with that.

But the excessive search of everything and everyone that's slowly spreading is just money wasted on annoying the customers. Most people who work there that i know can't even take what they do seriously...

And as far as ground transports are concerned, it's by default less sensitive to those attacks, since it's hard to steer a train into a building... Sabotaging the tracks maybe, but the amount of destruction it would cause still isn't that much.

Date: 2009-12-30 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loonwings.livejournal.com
The fact of the matter is that we've turned religious fanatics into terrorists. They never were terrorists to begin with. Just insane murderors. Instead of treating them as the chance occurrences they are, we now call them terrorists. And beacuse of that, people are terrified. Terror. Yeah.

Sorry, my brain just shut off. I'll finish my point after sleep!

Date: 2009-12-30 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_dw/
Alas, too often the pattern of politicians seems to be:

1. We must do something.
2. This is something.
3. Hence, we must do this.

Date: 2009-12-30 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyxaron.livejournal.com
Sadly, the kind of thinking that goes on so often. "Action must be taken!" *does something random* *Checks the "take action" item on the checklist*

Date: 2009-12-30 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loonwings.livejournal.com
Brilliantly summarized!



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