Nobody has tried to crash any airplanes into large buildings
in New York and Washington for the last 3.3 years now. I guess
that means the Department of Homeland Sekurity is doing its job
Nobody has made any accusations of witchcraft in Salem for,
what, 300-400 years now. I guess that means the witch-hunters
got rid of them all.
Since DOT regs do not themselves abate accidents, but merely report that
they did occur and make sure there is a HUGE paper trail (and associated
rediculous overhead cost) with every shipment, the accident rate is
orthagonal with the regulations entirely.
Same logic. And BTW DHS has used it in public and folks like Phil Stein
Thank god they all got hanged/burned by angry mobs!
Make angry mob permits much easier to get so witches can be avoided in
Witches scare me!
The problem was not caused by a paperwork or packaging failure as DOT
It was caused by an electrical problem in the jet hardware (ie Boeing)
which IGNITED the CARGO, a portion of which was Oxygen cartridges
Those are normal and customary parts of aircraft to begin with and still
today on EVERY flight.
Situational ethics by DOT to cease "hazmat" of specific, broad, random,
arbitrary classes toyally different from the "solidox" cartridges.
And Fred Wallace endorses it of course. Predictible.
If the units would of been properly processed and packaged and labled,
they would, more than likely, not of been plased on board, in the gargo
Only if installed as part of the installed acft system, not as shipable
cargo on passenger acft, unless inert. They were not inert.
Of course, the reaction was justified, as was DOT's to your activities..
Yeah... they left the safety caps off the initiators of some
pyrotechnic oxygen generators and threw them loose in a box.
The "improper labeling and paperwork" was
the least of the trouble on that one!
The real culprit was a rushed maintenance shop situation, in
which such a premium was placed on getting each job out of the
way and getting on to the next one as fast as possible that
necessary physical precautions in the handling of hazardous
devices were overlooked: some strawboss gave some flunky an
impatient instruction to "get them damn things boxed up and
ship 'em out of here"... neither of them realized that it
was impossible to do that, at that particular moment in time,
without creating a hazardous situation, since the yellow plastic
safety caps were still on the new oxygen generators that had
just been installed in an airplane... they were needed there
to disable the new generators from actually firing while a
"mask drop" test was conducted to verify that everything had
been reassembled correctly. Then the caps had to be removed
from the new units in the airplane (readying them for use if
needed) and installed on the initiator systems of the old ones
that had been replaced (safing them so they wouldn't ignite
accidentally in shipment) - but someone had been in a hurry
to ship the old ones out already, without really understanding
what was required to do so safely.
(They could have checked all the hazmat boxes on all the forms
they wanted to, and that wouldn't have done a thing about the
hazard created by the specific mechanical condition of the contents... )
The purpose of all the special labeling and paper trail is not to
abaate accidents, it is stop fire fighters and emergency responders,
from, ah, responding, at least those without specialized safety gear.
Indeed, rather than risk opening an unlabeled box, they will blow up
mom's fruit cake, just to be safe. And God forbid that any powdered
sugar should leak from mom's box of Christmas cookies.
I remember late in 2001, I was sanding out some PolyFiber "UV Smooth
Prime" on a large-ish airframe project... as anyone who has used this
brand of primer knows, the invariable byproduct of this task is large
quantities of powdery white dust, and I commented to my roommate: "it's
a good thing they deliver the mail down in the lobby; this stuff might
make the Postal Service a bit nervous!"