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June 4, 2007

Flight Plan

The recent debacle about a passenger flying and ok'ed to fly with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis reminds us again just how vulnerable and isolated we are here in Hawaii.  Everyone here gets on a plane to go somewhere--mainland, Asia, neighbor islands.  We simply can't afford to have something or someone slip through.  The SARS scare a few years back was warning enough for this state and this country.

The weakness in the system needs to be patched up awfully quick, even if this incident ends up with no spreading of the disease.  Next time, we might not be so lucky.  While we are busy inspecting shoes and bags for contraband, and I am all in favor of that, the inspection teams must be vigilant and the system must simply protect the many, possibly at the inconvenience of the few or the one.

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