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Novelist Arthur Hailey on airport safety

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Arthur Hailey

Sir: In TIME’s review of my current novel Airport [March 22], a criticism was made that a description of how to build a homemade bomb was needlessly specific. I consider this criticism justified. As a result, in later U.S. and overseas editions of the book, I have fuzzed the bomb description, making it impossible to follow by specific steps.

I now suggest that TIME take its own advice and in future black out details of how to buy firearms such as those displayed (address and all) in the reproduced advertisement.

Arthur Hailey , LONDON