Keeping planes safe

Ilya Shlyakhter

August 16, 2006

Princeton, N.J. -- This is regarding "Bombs easy to make, hard to detect; Liquid with peroxide similar to failed 1995 nitroglycerin plot" (News, Aug. 11), by Jeremy Manier, Tribune staff reporter.

Some simple steps for preventing terrorism on planes: Ban all drinks. Have the flight attendants serve enough drinks for free or for a nominal fee. Ban all MP3 players. Let people upload their music to an airline's Web site, and listen to it on airline-issued headphones during the flight.

And so on.

Most of the "essentials" that people now bring on the planes can be easily replaced with safe, airline-issued ones for the duration of the flight.

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