You are the head of Homeland Security.
The following urgent intelligence report has been sent to your desk.
The president has deferred to your judgment:
Your decision will prove the resolution of this threat to national security.
- Hijacked airliner
- 324 people aboard
- Toxic Agent activated by explosion
- Currently located over the desert
- Plans to land at LAX and demand ransom
- Military Jets are in position and armed
- Two armed Air Marshals are aboard
Your advisors tell you the following:
The Toxic Agent on board the plane, if activated by bombing or
crashing, will taint everything it touches on the ground for the next
100 years making the area uninhabitable.
You have a 30 second window before the plane crosses out of the desert and into densely populated parts of California.
You are not in contact with those flying the plane.
Cellular phone calls from passengers claim the Air Marshals were killed.
The military wants you to approve their recommendation for a shoot-down.
Your staff argues there is no danger in waiting to see if the plane will safely land in Los Angeles.
There are no Magic Pills available to fight the Toxic Agent.
Do you order the plane shot down?
Do you let the plane take its own course?
Do you put another plan in place?