Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Lessons of Flight 253

Below is my comment on the article of “The Lessons of Flight 253”, page 16-20, TIME issued on January 11,2010.

100111TIMECoverThe start of A Happy New Year became an ominous and uneasy one not only for American passengers but also for others of different nationalities because of only one young bomber on Flight 253. This kind of terrorist attempt reminds me of proliferating cancer cells in a human body. How strong our immune cells become, we can’t prevent those cancer cells from proliferating further permanently because they are also parts of our body, even if they are considered to be evil.

As for eliminating terrorists from international flights, more advanced airport technology could help a lot. However, as long as any ordinary person could become a terrorist someday like a cancer cell, there is and will be no panacea for perfect safety.