Skip to comments.Flight 370 and the Terror of Being Off the Grid
Posted on 03/13/2014 3:58:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
How can a commercial airliner go missing? How, in this hyperconnected age, could it vanish from the earth, apparently without trace, eluding a nearly weeklong search involving more than a dozen governments and some of the worlds most advanced surveillance technology?
In addition to the familiar horror and sadness over a catastrophe of modern aviation, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 comes freighted with an unusual terror the surprise that in our digitally monitored era, people and objects can still somehow vanish. The disappearance stands in stark contrast to the hallmark sensation of our time, the certainty that were all being constantly tracked and that, for better or worse, were strapped to the grid, never out of touch.
It turns out thats not true. There are places in this world that are still beyond the grid. And it reminds us or, at any rate, it reminds me that as much as we lament constant tracking, there is often something deeply comforting in having ones location pinned to a map.
This week aviation experts have poured out to explain what, in 2014, seems unfathomable. When youre high in the air over the ocean, you may be flying in a blind spot, one of the few places on the planet where youre not being watched.
(Excerpt) Read more at bits.blogs.nytimes.com ...
My house key disappeared recently. No call, no trace, no nothing.
The mystery deepens.
I don’t know which is more frightening, Being off the radar or ALWAYS being ON the radar.
It is always in the last place you look.
The mystery deepens. Not really!
Check out Diego Garcia. Curious?
The “spooks” can read a newspaper from out of space. Yet they can’t figure out what an object floating on the ocean actually is. I’m starting to doubt all “official” information.
I have been doubting Snowden from the beginning.
This is total baloney. There are at least 10, if not 20, countries who could tell you today where the plane or the debris from that plane is.
What about Diego Garcia? Are you saying the plane could have landed there? Did it have enough fuel to get there from the spot it was last known to be?
I doubt an entire AF Base in is on the “plan”. Then again, I guess that’s just as plausible as a “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” type of incident.
Diego Garcia is a spooky place.
If the plane hit the ocean, it’s at the bottom and all the the bodies have become food fish.
I saw a report on 20/20 back in the 80s that said they could read a newspaper. The picture they showed was at street level. The “spook” said that was as close as he could show the public.
tyrants hate losing control
I’ve been there. I didn’t think it was spooky. But the again, I was drunk most of the time.
Diego Garcia is a tropical, footprint-shaped coral atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean. It is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
The United States Navy operates Naval Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia, a large naval ship and submarine support base, military air base, communications and space-tracking facility, and an anchorage for pre-positioned military supplies for regional operations aboard Military Sealift Command ships in the lagoon.
I didn't know this. Live and learn.
You give Snowden a laptop and he’ll tell us all where this damn plane is!
Personally I find it comforting to be off the grid in those places in the world where its still possible. YMMV
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