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Friday, June 18, 2010

Self Protection

Mama, can this really be the end

To be stuck inside of Mobile

With the Memphis blues again

--Stuck Inside of Mobile
, Bob Dylan

Self protection takes many different forms, be it condoms, body armor or any active measure we take to protect ourselves from any form of harm.

In my recent sojourn through some airports, I noticed the TSA and the airlines are protecting my bodily needs, but self protection requires a few steps beyond.

Some prudent measures prior to embarking on your flight could aid in your survival should disaster happen. We go through myriad showy check points, but no one tells passengers their responsibility in the process.

The best thing one can do is wear proper clothing and accouterments while aboard the aircraft. Not even the flight personnel abided by these commonsense rules.

The female flight attendants wore 2-3 inch heels and hose and synthetic uniforms. Synthtics may stay wrinkle-free, but they melt to the skin in the case of fire. Hollywood aside, running in heels is not safe.

Ranger's rules:

  • Do not wear synthetic clothing. Wear cotton, silk or other natural fibers. You may look a bit rumpled, but you can be secure in the knowledge that your clothes won't melt.
  • Wear leather shoes, preferably with ankle coverage and cotton or silk socks. This may be a hassle in our post-Reid world, but it is prudent.
  • Wear long sleeves
  • Carry a natural fiber jacket that can be wrapped around the head in the event of fire
  • Wear a hat and glasses (metal frame and glass)
  • Be aware of your surroundings and plan the route you would take if an emergency were to develop.
  • In an emergency, forget about your bags and focus on saving lives

This was written while on the tarmac indefinitely delayed out of Detroit.

Now I'm worried.



Blogger Terrible said...

I was going to add an ace bandage or a roll of vet-wrap but then realized they'd probably melt too. How about an old fashioned large cotton bandage maybe. I've got an old State of California Civil defense First Aid Kit (For Disaster Use Only) full of cotton bandages of all sizes. Wonder how TSA would feel about me taking that as my carry-on luggage?

Friday, June 18, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

All i'm advocating is to do reasonable measures that could pay off IF there's a disaster.
Be prepared- since we were all good Boy Scouts.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Ranger's going to address personal protection of that sort soon ...

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lisa is right-we have a article in the hopper about medical items.
I forgot- i'm getting old and senile.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

Well don't forget the Vet-Wrap in that post! It's great stuff. I always try to have a roll with me when I hike or reppel. 'cause ya never know....

A good congealing agent is also nice to have along.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:15:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Choloazul said...

All those hats, and natural shirts and such is too complicated... next time I fly, I'm just going with the burqa.


Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

Damn! More stuff to worry about! I'm glad I gave up flying.


Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 10:08:00 AM GMT-5  

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