The article went on to describe how most passengers have no idea how dangerous flying can be if one doesn't follow a few simple rules - like keeping your seatbelt fastened. The majority of cabins are so calm inside, folks forget that they're actually rocketing through the air at 300-400 mph. If your seatbelt isn't on - and the plane hits a downdraft - everything that's not strapped down becomes a projectile: Your reading glasses. Your laptop. Your baby. And if you ever notice that the flight attendants suddenly sit down and buckle themselves in, that's when it's time to worry: if your Southwest stewardesses can't stay on their feet, chances are you should probably slam what's left of that $12 glass of Gallo.
Of course, as passengers, we have no idea what's happening on the tarmac because it's goal of the crew not to make us think about that. All flyers care about is that the plane is clean, on time, and stocked with peanuts, pillows, & booze. But if Air Crash Investigation has taught me anything, it's that Murphy's Law is more likely to happen at 35,000 feet than it is on ground when an asshole won't stop playing his Words With Friends game. (Chuckling.) I can think of a few people I wouldn't mind slamming into the ocean after a violent corkscrew nosedive...
Yes, this is a good idea. And the more that I think about it, the further I think we should go.
Taking a cue from local police on prom weekend (where they plop a drunk driver's wrecked car on the playground), I think we should scare air travelers straight by displaying wrecked planes in the terminals. Smiling airline employees can explain: "This was flight 1702, brought down because angry passengers demanded that the pilot attempt a landing in bad weather. Notice the dents in the cabin ceiling, where skulls impacted at 5oomph. If you look closely at this one, you can still see bits of hair and scalp."
1. Even if the pilot's kid asks nicely, don't let him steer a $50,000,000 Airbus when flying over Siberian mountains.
2. Always wait for tower clearance before attempting to take off in your 747 (in fog, fully loaded with fuel/passengers) when another fully loaded 747 is on the same runway.
3. If every single cockpit instrument/alarm is telling you "Terrain! Terrain! Terrain!," you should probably pay attention.
And speaking of paying attention, we all might want to do the same the next time our flight attendants go through their safety speech at the beginning of our next flight. Even if we don't learn anything new, it's good to show our airline staff a little bit of respect -
Especially if in our final fiery moments, we'd like one last glass of $12 Gallo wine...before arriving at that great airport in the sky.