Jul 192010
 
 Monday, 19 July 2010  Posted by at 13:55 events, misc  Add comments

It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. – Chaos Theory

In contemplating the events of last week I have realized that air traffic is actually the perfect embodyment of chaos theory. In our case, a windtsorm in the north east causes flight repurcussions up to three days later in Florida.

Who knows how long it took the airlines to recover in terms of getting planes repositioned, crews where they needed to be, passangers and their luggage where they were going. And at how much of a cost?

The system is finely tuned for efficiency, but it is so finely tuned that the least stressor causes havoc. If all goes well, then, well, all goes well. But one small grain of sand in a cog of the system has long ranging repurcussions.

No real point, just an observation.