BOB on board

BOB on board

Summary: Security expert Bruce Schneier comments on last week's United Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles from Australia, where a flight attendant found an airsickness bag in a lavatory with the letters "BOB" written on it.The flight attendant decided that the letters stood for "Bomb On Board" and immediately alerted the captain, who decided the risk was serious enough to turn the plane around and land back in Sydney.

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Security expert Bruce Schneier comments on last week's United Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles from Australia, where a flight attendant found an airsickness bag in a lavatory with the letters "BOB" written on it.

The flight attendant decided that the letters stood for "Bomb On Board" and immediately alerted the captain, who decided the risk was serious enough to turn the plane around and land back in Sydney.

Security works best when people are in charge. I am comforted that the final decision to divert the flight was in the hands of the captain, and not a United Airlines executive who might unduly worry about the $US100,000 the emergency landing ended up costing. The captain is in charge of the plane, and he's the best person to weigh the risk to the lives of the passengers

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  • Until Solid?

    Pretty sure super-saturated is accurate for solutions that currently have more saturant than they normally hold. This does not make them solid.

    An example is taking water - heating it - and adding sugar to the point where it will no longer dissolve. Raising the temperature further will allow it to dissolve - resulting in a solution that is super-saturated. Once the liquit cools - the extra saturant will precipitate back out of the water. This is a nice way to create crystals in a solution.

    Perhaps the metaphor is still apt. As the SOA craze blooms like the dot-coms, perhaps they too behave like this. All of the hot air and all of the far reaching promises will eventually fall out of the solution once the mania cools.
    jf1225