By Michelle Koepp
Now entering its third week, the eerie vanishing of Malaysia Airlines 370 severely undermines confidence in airline security, and raises suspicions that all the post-9/11 security “reforms”–everything from dumping out bottles of water, to lines of travelers padding into full-body scanners in socks or bare feet–seem to create only the illusion of safer travel. Curiously, in today’s digital age, the mode of transport itself–the jetliner–is still sustained by technology from the radio era. While airline passengers can text on board, answer emails and surf the net, even stream movies through in-cabin wifi, the technology powering the plane itself is resigned to pre-dial-up internet connection speeds. And while today billions of devices, including the personal gadgets that can be used in-flight, are connected to the Internet, jetliners such as the missing Malaysia flight are not among them.
By Paige Hymson
“Sometimes there are no immediate answers. There will always be questions.”
Rev. Earl Johnson, who served as the national spiritual care manager for the American Red Cross, reminds the public not to forget about the families of passengers on board Malaysia Airline Flight 370. As we eagerly watch as the mystery unfolds, those who truly need answers, are families of the victims. The 239 passengers on board this flight are all unique people, with individual stories, and families who struggle to hold on to hope.