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    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?
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    If you don't spray the disease can escape the plane and infect the earth, and let me guess, it is a zombie virus
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    Could be...... But then would it be the classic George Romero shuffling zombies or the fast moving "rage virus" type zombies?

    Either way you would be off the plane before they die and un-die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
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    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?
    This scenario has already been considered by the U.S. Government.
    It is a known fact that vaccines will harm or kill a small percentage of those taking them. That loss factor has been deemed acceptable. Yours is the same scenario on a smaller localized scale.

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    Yes but people individually choose to be vaccinated. Here they do not have that option. You either vaccinate everyone thereby causing the deaths of three people who might have chosen not to be vaccinated, or no one gets vaccinated.
    If you gas the plane you have no way of knowing if the three or so that die would have become actively infected or not. Even if they had, there is still a chance they would have survived. All you know is that as a result of your release of the vaccine, they are now dead. All their family knows is that as a result of your action their family member is dead.

    Of course if you don't release it and word gets out you had it, people are going to know that over two hundred people died and you could have prevented it but chose not to.
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    Crash the plane!
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    In this scenario, it seems like you have time to explain the scenario to people and then obtain their consent.

    edit: should've worked on that vaccine faster!
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    After your govt. appointed patdown and feel-up session you wouldn't be allowed to carry the vaccine on the aircraft.
    It's kind of like how some people have a sudden and insatiable desire to talk about vampires after the Twilight series became popular, except zombies are much less gay and more likely to exist one day

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    In an alternate scenario you release the gas and then get shot by an air marshal for suspected terrorism. You cant explain what you did or why and of course, your dead.

    Not sure if aire marshals fly international to be honest.
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