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28 April 2009 @ 09:36 am
Photo Op Lunacy In NYC  

How does the idea of flying a jumbo jet low over New York City for a photo op get through all the all the layers of proposal and discussion and operation planning without anybody saying, "Ah... maybe we should just Photoshop it instead? Or at least give people a heads-up?"


Current Mood: WTF?
Uncle Grayhawk: headdeskgrayhawkfh on April 28th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
"We're the Federal Government. We'll fly what we like where we like and you'll LIKE IT!"
madfilkentist: wiretapsmadfilkentist on April 28th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
The best part: "NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said typically a flight like this would be publicized to avoid causing a panic, but they were under orders not to in this case." Maybe they thought they'd secretly fly low over the Statue of Liberty in daylight without anyone noticing.
Filk Daddy: Oh Good Godredaxe on April 28th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we should ask Messrs. Barnum and Sturgeon, about people and ideas, respectively.

I understand that The Guy At The Top Of The Food Chain is pissed, implying that he hadn't heard about it until after it scared the crap out of downtown office workers. I do hope to see crania doing bowling-ball imitations.
Micheleradiant_one on April 28th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
I just shook my head in disgust when I read about this.

It also bought to mind that some folks have said that people have forgotten 9/11.... I'm guessing yesterday morning snuffed that out and quick.

I just feel so sorry for the folks who relived their fright and panic. This was idiocy of the highest rank.
古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peacedcseain on April 28th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Stupid government trips.
古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peacedcseain on April 28th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Er, Stupid government tricks.
maya_a: zapethmaya_a on April 28th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well, hey, it was a stupid government trip, too!
Joe of Planet Midtownscruffycritter on April 28th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
If you think people shouldnt know until the last second because youre afraid some local terrorist cell has a stinger on hand, you should definitely be using photoshop instead.
Steve Brinich: My Brain Hurts (Leeroy Jenkins RIP)stevemb on April 28th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
The only semi-rational explanation I can think of is that the bureaucrats never examined their default assumption (that the comings and goings of the presidential jet should be kept secret) to consider the reasons it didn't really apply to this situation.

(I've also seen criticisms of the cost of the flight. To be fair, the pilots charged with flying Air Force One and escort jets need to train and test the equipment anyway.)

Edited at 2009-04-28 08:28 pm (UTC)