Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Longest Odds Ever

Millions of Americans are snapping up Powerball lottey tickets this weekend for the huge prize. Yet a Portland State University professor of math and statistics has proven the odds are 461.1 million to one that a person will have the winning ticket. By comparison a person has a 10 out of 1,000 chance of having their luggage lost at America's airports, or 10,000 lost pieces of luggage a day, up a full 23% over last year. One airline has actualy had a 80% increase in lost luggage over 2004.

Millions of Americans buy a lottery ticket out of hope that something good will happen to them. But by contrast, the airline problems prove that despite a supposedly improved security situation network at the nation's airports, more inept handling of luggage is taking place, only allowing for increased opportunties for a bomb or other dangerous materials to make it on board the nation's air travel. It is yet another area where the Bush Administration simply fails at managing the nation's security.


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