Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
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Planes too.

Inspired by the letter of pegkerr's daughter to our President, I got to wondering about disaster response. In the wake of something sufficiently disastrous, would the President have the authority to re-route commercial airline traffic to help evacuate a major city? Would doing so be of great enough help?

My thought was that if the situation would warrant, the President could give the order and all commercial flights would land at their intended destinations, unload, refuel, and dead-head it to the place that needed to be evacuated. Now, there would have to be some coordination as to making sure too many planes didn't arrive at the same time, that they could be refueled and such when they arrived and that there was a place to go when they took off again. Still, it seems like a way to get a lot of people out of a dangerous place in a short amount of time.
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