Thursday, January 18, 2007

Commercial jets with anti missile defenses

CNN today reports that a FedEx cargo jet took off from an undisclosed US airport with experimental anti missile lasers. This is the first time in history that a commercial jet was outfitted with weapons systems.

This is the logical result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since passenger jets were used as missiles, they could now be outfitted with anti-missile technology.

Experts say that it will take 20 years for the world's airlines to adopt the technology. This would run into the billions of US dollars and perhaps the next generation of aircraft made by Boeing and Airbus will have it.

But this leads us to ask, what if a pilot accidentally switches on the laser and hits another jet? Pilots have been known to make serious errors we know. And some errors have resulted in tragic loss of lives.

Also if jets can be equipped with laser defenses, then your city bus, tram or taxi could be outfitted with one. Your car can come with that extra feature. We may have road rage star wars on the street!

The Biblical warning about "taking the sword and dying by it" comes to mind.

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