I was afraid that this would happen. Society once again manages to the lowest common denominator.
Weeks after an idiot ignored warnings and her own abilities when she decided to get herself killed by riding the fence at Princess Juliana, it appears that she has ruined it for everyone else.
In a story posted by the ‘St. Maarten News Network‘, plans are being formulated to re-route traffic and make it impossible for tourists and aviation fans to enjoy a pastime that has been in place for decades. The plan seems to entail rerouting vehicle traffic as well as to move the fencing much further away from the base of the runway, preventing thrill-seekers from hanging on to the fence when a 747 spools up her engines for take off.
I understand that the loss of life might be tragic to the friends and families of the deceased, but why go to the lengths of ruining it for everyone else just because ONE person decided to not pay attention to warnings, or did not know her own capabilities.
Once again, instead of finding a solution that satisfies everyone, lets just manage to societies lowest common denominator and protect all those fragile snowflakes from themselves. Why not just ban cars since people die in them all the time? Airplanes? yep, ban them too.
While they’re at it, why not just pave the damn beach at the base of the runway and turn it into a parking lot. You never know when a 747 will touchdown a bit early and plow through a bunch of beach-going bystanders. Might as well plan for that risk now.