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April 2004 Poll #2 April 2004 Poll #1
What is your favorite commercial airliner?
Boeing 767
3%
Airbus A300
3%
Boeing 747
23%
MD-11
7%
Boeing 707
4%
Concorde
10%
Airbus A340
13%
Boeing 737
6%
MD-80
3%
Boeing 777
14%
Boeing 727
3%
Other
10%
Total votes: 211
Do you agree with Israel's killing of the founder of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin?
Yes
53%
No
44%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 120
Comment: I approach this question from the perspective of passenger comfort. By that standard, my two favorite aircraft are the 777 and 767. Every example of these two aircraft I have flown has been spacious and equipped with the latest in personal entertainment systems. By comparison, every 757 and A320 I've flown was as cramped and uncomfortable as a sardine can. Comment: Maybe this is an overly simplistic viewpoint, but the man was a terrorist who orchestrated the deaths of countless Israelis, so Israel has every right to eliminate him and anyone else who encourages the killing of innocent civilians. A terrorist is a terrorist, and they all deserve to be punished for their hateful crimes.

March 2004 Poll #2 March 2004 Poll #1
The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended weighing passengers before boarding certain commercial flights. Do you think this is a good idea?
Yes
48%
No
48%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 126
Do you agree with the US Army decision to cancel the Comanche attack helicopter?
Yes
33%
No
60%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 147
Comment: I fail to see how the weighing of passengers will have any impact on improving aircraft safety. Only one aircraft accident investigation has ever suggested that passenger weight might have been a contributing factor, and even that finding is highly controversial. Comment: The fact that billions of dollars were poured into a program that never managed to produce a single airframe capable of meeting its design requirements is ample evidence that the Comanche program was a costly blunder that should have been cancelled at least ten years ago. The Army's recent interest in unmanned helicopters that ought to be able to perform the same mission at much lower cost is a far more sensible option.

February 2004 Poll #2 February 2004 Poll #1
Do you think the recent cancellations of flights between Europe and the United States due to terrorism concerns are necessary to ensure safety or an unnecessary overreaction?
Necessary
38%
Unnecessary
43%
Undecided
19%
Total votes: 104
Are you excited about the missions of NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity?
Yes
72%
No
22%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 121
Comment: It's not terribly surprising that these results indicate such a split decision. The government has a duty to do everything possible to prevent terrorist attacks, but there is always the danger of "crying wolf" too many times and creating a false sense of security. Comment: The Mars rovers have performed remarkably well, and it is encouraging to see such a strong show of support from our readers.. Hopefully, this sucess will help NASA rebound from its recent troubles and better live up to its potential.


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