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  •  You'd still get the TSA handjob at the start of (2+ / 0-)
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    protectspice, Troubadour

    your trip.  What, they're going to let someone onto a high-speed conveyance where any problem would be worldwide news?  Granted, it would be much easier to sabotage just one of the towers than trying to do it from inside, but TSA will have to be involved.  

    There was a story a few days ago about how TSA is getting more and more involved in trains and even crowded non-transit situations.

    •  If anyone tampered with the structure (6+ / 0-)
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      GAS, elwior, ColoTim, ichibon, nirbama, Lawrence

      the controllers of the system would know it instantly the same way as with oil pipelines.  And that's why oil pipeline tampering is not a real problem.  If someone blew it up with explosives, you shut down the flow and remove the damaged parts, fly in a few new segments, install them, restart the flow.  NBD.  

      The origin and destination stations would only experience the same security threats as any other transit hubs, and the number of people exposed to danger (28) from packages on a single pod would be about the same as a city bus.

      Besides, if it worked well, it would expand rapidly and become not so exotic - and thus not so attractive a target.  

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