Monday, February 11, 2008

Mad woman costs us all

This has me absolutely furious. The silly bitch who stabbed a pilot because of her deranged desire to be flown on a small plane to Australia (which wouldn't have made it) is now going to be an excuse to grow the state - yet again.
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One of the few reliefs of flying provincially in New Zealand is not going through the bloody silly nonsense of security checks before boarding turboprop aircraft. You know, much like we don't do it for passengers on buses, or people driving cars or trucks, even though all of those kill more people every year than aircraft do.
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However no, the Dear Leader Helen Clark, responding to the kneejerk reaction no doubt of the safety fascists, has said that "tighter security was inevitable".
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Why Helen? Because a mentally disturbed woman has undertaken a one off attack?
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The great logic is from Helen:
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"It was my understanding that we operated the same general rules as in Australia [but] it's now clear to me that there is a size of plane we're flying in this country which, in Australia, would be a jet plane. We apply the same jet plane rules but we have rather a lot of turbo-propelled planes in this country of some size. So that raises some issues."
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Except Helen a turboprop is not a jet plane, and besides which, why the hell does it matter?
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This will mean more money for the Aviation Security services then and "Tighter screening is likely to impose extra costs, however, and Miss Clark indicated that those were likely to be borne by passengers on a user-pay basis."
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Hold on, user pays? Shouldn't this be on an "abuser pays" basis? Shouldn't the woman concerned be required to pay the full costs of health care, damage and delay she has caused? Why should the 99.999% (rounded down) of airline passengers pay more to be screened for an extraordinarily rare event when they are far more likely to be killed or injured being driven to their flight?
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I know why, because one reason this incident happened is because the state failed... as "She acknowledged, meanwhile, that the woman at the centre of last week's incident, Asha ali Abdille, had "presented a range of agencies with serious issues for quite some time"."
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Marvellous. So Air National could sue them for this? Hmmm.

1 comment:

Seamonkey Madness said...

I don't doubt you are alone in you thinking Scott.

I wonder if they will apply this to Soundsair flights between Picton and Wellington, which I frequent 5 of 6 times a year? They don't even have a curtain to seperate the pilot from the passengers on their planes! How dare they!

I am surprised that we even have Cessnas in this country at all, given that there was a nutter who was threatening to crash one into the Sky Tower a few years back (on election night IIRC?).