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Since January, Kansas University has been blocking information about flights taken by its plane based in Lawrence. The school says it’s for security reasons. Should a public institution such as a state university block this information?

Response Percent Votes
54% 203
38% 142
Not sure
7% 26
Total 371


pmsharp 10 years, 6 months ago

Where are they going they don't want us to know about???

napoleon969 10 years, 6 months ago

Security this; security that. It's real easy to blame it on security when what you really want to do is hide what you are doing. How can information after the fact be a security risk? Flights paid for with our tax dollars should be information tax payers have access to.

John Hamm 10 years, 6 months ago

The blocking I can accept - immediate information as to where an aircraft such as KU's is headed is unnecessary - it's the ridiculous $31.50 an hour "research" charge to divulge the information that's totally out of line.

white_mountain 10 years, 6 months ago

How are they any more of a target than the rest of us who are packed 300 to a plane?

Gives the impression they're more concerned about hiding publicly financed boondoggles.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 6 months ago

Don't tell us right away if you're so worried (about what?), but where they've been and when should eventually become public knowlege.

Frank Smith 10 years, 6 months ago

I appreciate OonlyBonly's comment. I attempted to see how expenditures on the Turkish junket for Antonin Scalia and his wife were accounted for and ran into the "research" charges that made my inquiry unaffordable.

If the University doesn't want the public to know where its (and our) plane is going it's most likely because it's got something to hide.

The arbitrary and inflated charge is an attempt to defeat the purpose of the Open Records Act, an avenue of citizen oversight when government fails us.

toefungus 10 years, 6 months ago

Have people on hand at the airport with video cameras and start recording people coming and going to the aircraft. Post it on the internet.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 6 months ago

This poll is worded poorly. The information is NOT blocked. It is readily available to anyone who wants it. If you want to find out who used the plane on which date, you have unrestricted access to that information. The only thing that is blocked is real-time flight tracking. So what? Who here needs to track KU flights in real time?

mmiller 10 years, 6 months ago

Sorry, but it's not like we're transporting the president of the United States or some other high-level government official. Give me a break. There's no reason these flights should be kept from the public.

ralphralph 10 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to see real-time tracking on Mangino. Or at least one of those bells that rings when he backs up.

busymom 10 years, 6 months ago

Not sure if the flights are being blocked from the public, or if the funding is. It's hard to tell by the way it's worded, like the reporters are trying to make us believe that they are blocking what use the plane is for.

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