"There is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the chain pulls society in the right direction..." - Andrew Ryan
- "Delivered in a flash!"
- ―Jet Postal advertising motto
The Jet-Postal was founded due to large-scale paper-based communication being necessary in a city like Rapture. Consisting of several substations similar in function to post offices (the one in Neptune's Bounty being substation number two), the stations contained numerous pneumo tubes, lockers, an office, and shelves to place the messages or packages. Ryan Industries finished installing and activated the Pneumo system in 1956, on the 10th anniversary of Rapture's founding. Since the 1958 New Year's Eve Riots, the stations have fallen in disuse, since no citizen left needs to send a message to anyone.
Pneumo tubes were the primary postal service in Rapture prior to the Civil War, and also delivered packaged food to different parts of the city. Many Pneumo tubes, such as the ones seen in Fort Frolic, were labeled with a serial number system similar to post office box numbering on the surface. This numbering system included letter abbreviations of the level of Rapture in which the tube was located. However, since the Civil War the pneumo tubes have become quite unreliable and useful only for short range message transport. This is due to the damage Splicers caused to the pneumatics controlling the air flow, and lack of proper maintenance. Sending a message long range could send it anywhere in Rapture, or have it jammed up in some intermediary tube in the system.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The Deco Devolution artbook mentions that an early idea for BioShock 2 involved the player trading for supplies with isolated camps of Rapture survivors through the Pneumo tube system. The developers had already created a model and several UI screens for the Pneumo trading machine before it was cut from the game. It was ultimately removed because the survivors idea was no longer a part of the storyline.