If you fly… — 20 Comments

  1. Yep, great and accurate video. The seat cushions for flotation are there more to mark where the plane went down than to provide actual asssitance for people. I’ve been regularly counting rows to the nearest exit and visualizing an emergency egress whenever I fly commercial for awhile now.

  2. Hey Old NFO;

    The 90 Second rule is accurate, that is the evacuation rule to get people off the airplane in case of fire. because of fire. the seats are made of fire resistant material, but they will burn and chemicals will replace the oxygen out of the cabin in a hurry. Also as far as the comments about the tray table latches, it is a matter of priority, an airline will defer a table latch, it isn’t a critical flight system, whereas a hydraulic component is or a flight surface is ;). Overall the video blunt and to the point, LOL

  3. There you go.

    These days, because of the hassles of security and the uncomfortable seating and “flying experience”, I drive where possible.

  4. I like that video. While sitting in my seat and idly wondering just what I’d do should the fertilizer hit the turbine blades and we all ended up upside-down with the cattle car rapidly filling with smoke, I envisioned myself holding my seat belt, pulling the lever and landing on the ceiling. After that I’d heroically rescue the Playboy Bunny sitting next to me, then escort her to the emergency exit. Lack of a nubile bunny to rescue and escort would cause me to run, not walk, to the emergency exit and get outside the plane before the fire and jet fuel fumes can meet up for a little party.

    My luggage? I’ll get it later. It’s marked, and I carry everything I absolutely need on my person.

    Outside of the invasive searches by the TSA, the thing I hate most about commercial flying is the seat width. Your hips are not the widest part of your body, yet airlines make a big deal about leg room. Screw leg room. What I want is more width between myself and the circus fat lady sitting next to me. The aisle should be wider, too.

  5. All- Thanks and good points. I will flat go over some asshole who didn’t pay attention if they get in my way. I WILL beat somebody stupid that tries to get their bags…

    Posted from my iPhone.

  6. +1 on all comments. We only fly because we don’t have 2 extra weeks of vacation for driving time to/from the Lower 48. Nor is our raft fast enough to reach Hawaii in time alloted. So we squeeze ourselves into those child safety seat, pay extra for “premium” seats with a skosh more elbow & knee room, and clench our teeth until the destination is reached. “Now boarding Cattle-Car Airlines Flight Mumble at Gate 397…”

  7. Hubby’s friend was on the Miracle on the Hudson flight. Said the only folks who did get their bags back were the idiots who took them off the plane with them. Those bags sank to the bottom of the river and were never recovered. A little karma.

  8. If you do need to keep meds and stuff, get a small pouch or manpurse, and keep them close to you at all times (because some airlines have huge theft problems in baggage handling.)

    But trying to rescue your carryon? It just makes you and everyone else carrion.

  9. Had an engineer at the Lazy B describe a plane as 1.25 million parts flying in close formation. I always thought it was a pretty accurate statement.

    • If that is true a helicopter must be 1 million parts *trying* to fly in close formation. 🙂

  10. Rick T, in my 21 years in the R.A.A.F., I realised one important truth. Helicopters do not fly, – the Earth rejects them.

  11. Ha!

    Thanks for the infovid.

    And please, speak to someone and make flying bearable again. Octogenarian hostesses, no food, no room. It’s like being on a bus between Cardiff and Bristol in the old days, and just as long.

  12. I am reminded of the Southwest flight we were on where the exit row was occupied by obviously drunk “young adults” and the staff couldn’t care less.
    Party flight for all involved.
    I’ll never fly them again. If I ever fly again.

  13. I’ve reached the point where the only time I fly, if I have any option at all, is trans-Atlantic. Like the Rev said above, I don’t have the money or time to drive to an East Coast port, hop a ship, cross the Pond, bus/train to Europe, do Europe stuff, then reverse.

  14. I always count & pay attention. Years ago as I worked inside the rear fuselage of a B-52 (i was a electronic tech.) it suddenly filled with chlorine, or ammonia based gas. I could not see or breathe. Luckily I was near the only hatch in the rear & was able to drop out before I passed out. Turns out the overworked crew chief lost track of me working inside. The under wing missile’s were being fueled by that toxic liquid which vents off, & the breeze was just right to fill the fuselage. After a few minutes to recover I visited with the Crew Chief in his portable shack. After some period of time his scabs healed, but I’m darn sure he never again failed to clear the Bomber of workers before dangerous work were performed.

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