Martin Bashir | July 20, 2012
>>> now, the question for theatre owners and theatregoers is the same. what now? how do you make a crowded theatre that can be dift to exit, safe again? for more, we go to aton edwards , an expert. thanks for coming to us on this friday. millions of people see movies each and every month and in these rare situations, where we're unfortunately talking about a catastrophe at a public venue, what can people do if they are in this situation?
>> one of the first things that you can do is to pay attention to the primer at the beginning of the film, they tell you where the exits are. oftentimes, people tend to ignore that.
>> and to theatres?
>> and the theatres can also prep their people in the theatres so they know that if the certain type of an emergency breaks out, that they have protocalls of operation for the people to respond in certain ways to specific types of emergencies.
>> so, are theatre owners now in a position where they have to think about attacks like this and having to predict?
>> i think they have to have a set of rules in place so they know they're going to respond in a certain way to a certain type of crisis. i don't think they have to plan for this. i would hope this wouldn't happen frequently enough where you would have this happen in a way would be ridiculous. i believe the theatre people need to have a set standard of operational protocalls.
>> this afternoon, we learned more about what holmes was wearing and that is ballistic body armor. it protected his throat, his groin, his limbs and his body. what do we know about this and could this have been worse if he decided not to surrender?
>> some might remember several years ago where they had two gentlemen in los angeles who went after the police and had full body armor from head to toe . and in this kind of a situation, depending on the threat level with the body armor , yes, this person could have sustained serious hits from you know, gunfire that he would not normally be able to survive from. if he had trauma plates, he'd be able to take hits from really high powered weapons, so it would have been a very bad situation or much worse than it was and i'm just in terrible nature of it, it's the kind of thing where i feel awful about the people who died , but i'm happy it wasn't worse than it actually was.