It is easy to imagine what is happening in some western capital as airline executives discuss yesterday's inferno at the JKIA. "Where did it happen?" "Africa?" "Well that is expected isn't it? "Natives running an airport like some stall in some village market in the bush."
can be pretty sure that such discussions are taking place even as you
read this. But you and I are more informed on what is to be expected in
the particular part of Africa where an international airport burnt down
in the early hours of yesterday.
For starters fire in an airport
that was not caused by a crash landing aircraft is almost unheard of
(even in Africa). Process that for a minute. Secondly JKIA is a high
security zone and is monitored by CCTV almost everywhere. That security
has been heightened considerably in recent years with the emerging
terror threat from the likes of Al Shabab. I have also confirmed that
the place is literally crawling with smoke detectors. Then add to all
that the fact that top security and intelligence officers are based at
the top of the international arrivals unit.
How then does a fire start in a fortress and spread gradually without anybody paying any attention to it?
(read the rest of this article in my latest raw notes).
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