why didn't they just encrypt the disks? If it's supposed to be sensitive information, store it securely!
Because that would require common sense and competence.
We'll get Chuck from the Nerd Herd and he can "flash" 'em.
The fear of being subjected to pasty hairy man boobs just might get the operations team at the FAA to get off their asses and do their job.
If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.