Sensors developed for the Air Division will cover a wide range of devices. Sensors placed on each individual part in an airplane could act as self-monitoring maintenance. Instead of waiting for a part to break down, or relying on scheduled maintenance, these sensors would monitor on a continuous basis, alerting the maintenance crew to any prospective problems. These same sensors could be used to locate debris, in the event of a plane disaster. We still do not know what actually happened to the TWA craft, which went down. Would such sensors have given us the true picture of the disaster, so that a similar situation in the future could be avoided, and lives saved?
Think about Pan Am 101 which went down over Lockerby. If the airplane had been fitted with sensors that could detect explosives, or if the airports it passed through has such a detection system, would there have been a different outcome? Thinking a little further along, in the Pam Am situation, simply imagine the number of casual contacts that occurred between the participants and the bystanders. How many people working in each of the airports came into close proximity of either the bombers or the luggage placed on board? How many opportunities for detection of the deadly elements of this disaster might have been provided, had a single clothing item of any of those nearby been impregnated with sensors attuned to detect these instruments of death?