posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 03:43 PM
Originally posted by ARCHER
1] How many people are flying in the air over the US at any given time?
2] If a emp plus happened in mid air wouldnt that create alot of yard darts, since commercial aircraft are not emp hardened?
3] What should be done about it?
*fixed caps lock title*
[edit on 22-9-2005 by dbates]
1. There are many thousands of people in the air over the US at any given time. When compared to the number of people on the ground, the number of
people in the air is insignificant.
2. The electronics would shut down and I suspect the engines would shut down as well as the computer likely controls something with the engines.
That said, planes can be flown without electronics and I suspect that the landing gear can be deployed without electronics. Modern airliners are very
good at gliding, so they could glide down to the ground and land.
3. Nothing. The odds are so remote that it doesn't matter and at present, the only efficient way to generate an EMP in the air is through a nuclear
detonation. If we have nuclear detonation over the US then our commercial airliners are the least of our problems.