Re: A Glaring Lack of the Obvious
- From: "Keith F. Lynch" <kfl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 10 Dec 2007 21:16:58 -0500
Ted Nolan <tednolan> <tednolan> wrote:
Keith F. Lynch <kfl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
That could be decades away, or never. And even if one *was* a
bomb, I'd bet you'd still get volunteers, especially if they up
the offer to a full year of free transit. Keep in mind there will
typically be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of passengers in the
station, and all it takes is one volunteer.
That seems absurd to me. Anyone in the station already has their
transit strategy worked out.
If nobody volunteers, everyone would be ordered out of the station, to
cool their heels for hours -- unless they want to call a taxi. Just
as happens today.
Besides: a) J Random volunteer may be ill-qualified to identify a
He's not being asked to figure out whether it's a bomb, but simply to
carry it out of the station. Or perhaps to drop it into the station's
(bomb-proof) garbage can.
or b) J Random volunteer may be a plant.
You mean he might be the person who put the package there, so that he
could volunteer to move it and get a month of free transit? Every
part of every station is under constant video surveillance. If a
later review of the tapes shows that he was the one who left the
package, he'd have some explaining to do.
He could have had someone else leave the package. But then what?
Wait around until someone reports it? If the video shows that he'd
been sitting in the station while several trains to every destination
came and went, he'd have some explaining to do. Report it himself?
To prevent such scams, the rule will be that the person who reported
it doesn't get to volunteer unless nobody else is willing. Also,
regardless of anything else, nobody gets to volunteer twice in the
Secondly, for the tiny percentage of packages that are reported,
each causes massive delays, often to hundreds of thousands of
people. Apparently no policeman has any courage, so instead of
dealing with the problem, they "secure the scene" by waiting
outside and doing nothing until the bomb would have almost
certainly gone off if it was going to.
Again, this is kind of absurd. Police have the courage to put their
lives on the line _when there is no alternative_. If there is no
need to do so, they shouldn't.
If that means frequent multi-hour delays whenever a package is left on
Metro, hundreds of thousands of people will give up on Metro and start
driving cars. Many of these people aren't able to safely drive. Many
people will die because no policeman was willing to pick up and carry
away what was almost certainly a harmless package.
Keith F. Lynch - http://keithlynch.net/
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