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Aug 5th 2008 10:29PM While this guy was clearly crazy, the environment was perfect for him. The venue is relevant, and I can understand anyone's decision not to take a bus right now. People on long bus trips of course fall asleep. If you are travelling alone, you likely have a stranger sitting next to you. Would you share your hotel room with a stranger? And if all things were generally equal on a plane vs. a bus (not anymore because of the carry on screening obviously) consider that on a plane you have a) better lighting and b) one or more well trained flight attendants keeping an eye on things. No one is looking out for passengers on a bus. I don't take the bus because, snobby as this sounds, people who can't afford to fly take the bus. People who don't want to or couldnt get through airport security take the bus. I won't even take Amtrak except in Business class. There is a much different type of clientele in business class than coach, and business class is the last car on the opposite end of the club car, so people who do not have a seat there are not trapsing back and forth past you.
It is a shame that people nearby weren't able or willing to help but then again some or most of them were probably sleeping too, and inside it was probably so dark, it was probably very difficult if not impossible to figure out right away what was happening. Some of them have very high seat backs too. I mean if it just so happened a cop or someone in the military had been right there, they might have known how to react. But that still may not have saved the guy, but it would have prevented some of the savagery. It is so horrible and I feel so badly for the kid and his family and friends.