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The IRS should be the agency responsible for all air traffic.
In this era of tehnological capability for "omni-auditing-of-existence" (so to speak), that
especially a commercial jet can "disappear" is tragically ludicrous. What with satellites above,
anything below should be discernable, traceable, trackable -- anywhere unless submerged
or subterranean, it would seem.
When "systems-gaps" can represent Bermuda Triangles (again, so to speak) the systems
need to be upgraded.
If it were an overdue taxpayer, the IRS would find that plane!!!
Bad enough the "disappearance" from air-control tracking of a transcontinental flight. More
serious was the situation on 9/11. First, that in the airspace over a major city the plane (or
planes) disappeared from radar even momentarily -- and that control of, resulting in crashing
into buildings of, the craft could be taken over by anyone without some system of remote
over-ride of "aircraft-autonomy" by ground-based air traffic controllers/systems.
The singular person (well, there were two), insufficiency of "tracking"? -- a recent fire in
a Back Bay townhouse in Boston took the lives of two firefighters. From what I've heard and
read, the tragedy wasn't a case of some sudden collapse upon them. Rather, though not
the cause of their deaths per se, that their specific location in the building was unknown had
something to do with their not getting out.
A number of years ago in Worcester, Mass, a worse entrapment and death of six firemen
took place in the inferno of an old cold-storage building with labyrinthine freezer-rooms. In
the darkness dimmed by the smoke, they apparently could not find their way out. Nor could
those trying to get to them find them.
With the available technology, it would seem that some transponder or "chip" should be
attached to (or even implanted in) firefighters (and miners and others at risk of entrapment
or interference of any kind with escape). In firefighting situations, someone in a special
vehicle close-by would be monitoring a computer screen on which each individual within the
building would appear like a "radar blip".
Developing and programming such a system would interface building department plans and
records and perhaps even an ongoing assay of interiors -- so that room layouts at address
locations could be "matrices" or "screen formats" within which the "blips" were operating (firemen
fighting the fire or searching to rescue).
Lojack installed, your car can be traced and recovered. Cell phone stolen or lost and if it's a
"smart" one it can be located with specificity. Chip-in-pet provides that if it wanders or even is
kidnapped, its location is likely discernable to some surveillance system.
That a commercial jet's immensity can "disappear" is seems almost counter-intuitive,
The location of personnel so proximate as in a burning building being unknown, untracked,
seems almost culpability in view of capability.
But in either perspective, either proportion, of the above, there should be no blame for what
has not been implemented. These are not cases analogous to mine-disasters resulting from
any officialdom (or corporate) callousness or malfeasance or failure to implement required safety
The issue of concern here is that the safety and surveillance tech, so pervasive in other
parameters, should be implemented in the domains I've considered.