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Thinking very much outside the box

This letter appeared in yesterday's Financial Times (15 Aug. 2006).  The suggestions aren't quite as audacious as Jonathan Swift's plan for ending the Irish famine ("A Modest Proposal"); still, full marks to the writer for thinking outside the box.  Read and enjoy!

Sir,

Given the huge cost of terror threats against aircraft and the continuing ingenuity of terrorists, it may be time to consider new ideas that ensure safer air travel.

One proposal would be to send luggage separately by dedicated cargo aircraft; at least some of the extra costs here would be recouped from the additional passengers accommodated in the cargo hold.  As far as cabin baggage is concerned, the list of permitted items should be trimmed to the barest minimum and carried in airline-issued see-through bags.  However, to eliminate totally the risk of concealed weaponsand explosives (in their increasingly imaginative forms), it may be best that passengers leave behind cabin bags and travel in the nude.

In economic terms, such steps would stimulate new markets: demand for new cargo aircraft, for courier companies specialising in delivering luggage to passengers at their destination and for duplicates for the kind of stuff people carry on aircraft - not least irritating things such as laptops and personal data assistants.

Nudist travel may of course provide a new niche opportunity for on-board entertainment.


Ashutosh Sheshabalaya,
IndiaAdvisory,
B-7830 Brassilly, Belgium

Comments

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jenni_snake
Aug. 16th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
"Welcome aboard Nudist Airlines. For your safety, please be careful when fastening and unfastening your seatbelt..."

There are just so many pros to this... I still have to pack for France... I'll definitely be keeping this in mind!
dominiquelechic
Aug. 17th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
"For your safety, please be careful when fastening and unfastening your seatbelt..."

Yet another of ze unfair advantages zat Nico has! First he has ze more leg room, and now zis... *smirks*

(However, to eliminate totally the risk of concealed weapons and explosives [in their increasingly imaginative forms]...)

You'd think they would have tried that by now...
aswanargent
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
OMG, that link is priceless! Thanks!
ayerayer
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Yet another of ze unfair advantages zat Nico has! First he has ze more leg room, and now zis... *smirks*

Dominique, that's very naughty of you. Perhaps you could suggest that Nicolas use a less efficient spam blocker for his e-mail. Maybe some of those advertisements for *blushes* well, "----- enlargement" would do him some good.
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