I think the term "Level of acceptable risk" come into play on this one.
YES, terrorists COULD shoot a plane down
That plane could crash for any # of reasons too.
Does one incident "cost" more than the other...not really
The basic question we as a society need to ask ourselves is
How much risk is acceptable on this issue?
The huge cost of retro-fitting all of our passenger planes with the defensive system, which isnt really ready is stated here,
RAND calculates that it would cost about $40 billion over 20 years to develop, procure and operate anti-missile systems.
This investment plus the operating budget,
The study said operating costs alone for the missile countermeasures would consume $2.1 billion a year -- almost half of the money spent annually on
all transportation security.
Who's gonna pay for that? and what do we get for that cost?
How many planes are going to be shot down in this time compared to that cost. Here is where the article lists that cost.
The cost of a successful missile attack would also be significant. The United States would incur "direct" costs of approximately $1 billion for
every aircraft downed, the report says.
So the cost of just the system to be figured out and installed + the operating budget for it yearly = 4.1 (aprox) per year....that would be 4
planes a yera that would need to be shot down to = that cost.
Do you think we will have this many planes shot down a year?
After 9-11, the USA understood that we were not immune to terrorist attacks. We should have been paying closer attention to this growing threat, but
we had our heads in the sand.
We live with the fact that our lives, or loved ones could end in this fashion. Suddenly, randomly, violently....
Is this any different than being accidently killed in a car wreck? Odds say you'll die in your car long before a terrorist shoots your plane down
here in the states.
We need to remain vigilant, cautious and ready for another terror attack,
but we dont need this system to do so, at the cost level as is.
There are other things we can and are doing to remain as SAFE AS POSSIBLE.
Notice i said as safe as possible....
there are no garuntees in life
life is filled with potentials to kill you
lets be prudent
not flail about in panic
thats exactly what makes terrorists win...making us soo affraid that we dump billions into a system that might get used once in 20 years. Essentially
making us soo scared we waste time and effort on something thats not really gonna do more than provide some illusionary comfort...
instead of hunting down the preadators and ensuring our own safety.