97, I agree....you almost have to look at the lesser of two evils.
If the president is willing to shoot down a full commercial airliner, then really the passengers are going to have to realize that if they don't do something, then noone is going to be able to help them. It's a sad and scary situation. But the powers that be have to weigh 200 lives with 50,000 lives. (Tell that to the person with a box cutter to their throat at 30,000 feet.)
But, if they can make an airtight bulkhead between the cockpit and the passenger compartment...all they have to do is lower the cabin pressure and everyone would eventually pass out.
Sure we can talk about all this crap, but are they going to do it? Probably not, it all costs $$...Continental announced today that unless they get some kind of goverment bailout , they will have to declare bankruptcy in 15 days. (and they are one of the more "healthy" airlines). Though, it looks like the industry is getting around $14 billion instead of the $24 billion which was requested from the goverment.
Boeing announced 30,000 layoffs (since noone needs to buy planes because noone wants to fly in them!)
United says "tootles" to 20,000...
USAir says "adios" to 11,000.
Midway went out of business and sent 1,700 workers home with pink slips.
...and more announcements are on the way!
Man, I thought us Network Admins were having it bad.... (of course, I'm sure a percentage of those laid off from the above airlines were doing that very thing)
[ September 19, 2001: Message edited by: Intrepidatious ]