Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Panic At 39,000 Feet

Millions of passengers fly on commercial airplanes every day.

Most flights reach their destinations without incident, but not all of them, so before take-off stewards and stewardesses stand in the aisles to give safety instructions accompanied by a video. They point out emergency exits and demonstrate how to put on life vests and air masks. Most people ignore the safety instructions, but on a flight from JFK to Orlando I noticed during the segment about air masks that the actors pretending to be passengers calmly slipped the plastic breathing apparatuses over their faces and I thought that if and when the air masks dropped from the ceiling of a 757 I am going into an EXORCIST level panic.

There will be no calming me down, for if you keep your head while everyone around you is losing theirs, then you don't understand the seriousness of the situation.


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