Related to the question of "collateral damage" and "the greater good"
I didn't want to add yet another scenario to the already scenario rich thread about stray rounds so I figured I would start a new thread. Since it is not a shoot the bad guy thing I figured it would be more appropriate here than in the self defense scenarios.
You are an employee of a pharmaceutical company flying from Australia to the United States. In your carry on bag you have an aerosol fogger that contains a research vaccine for a disease. The disease is highly contagious via airborne transmission. The disease will infect ninety percent of the people that come in contact with it and eighty percent of those will die. The vaccine is not perfect. It must be given before symptoms are present. While it will protect ninety nine percent of the population it will kill one percent. It has not been approved for use on humans yet anywhere in the world.
Half way across the ocean one of the three hundred other passengers on board starts displaying all of the unique and obvious symptoms of the disease. This person will be dead within twenty four hours. Due to the air recirculation system on this aircraft you know that everyone on board has now been exposed to the disease and will be showing symptoms by the time you land.
Due to the design of the canister it is all or nothing. There is no way to treat only some of the people.
Due to severe weather there is no option of landing the plane anywhere other than it's original destination.
The situation is as has been stated. If you spray you can expect to kill three people who otherwise might have lived. If you don't spray approximately two hundred and twenty people will die, but approximately eighty will survive. If you spray there is a 99% chance you will live. If you don't spray your odds drop to less than 25%.
What do you do?