I can see my house from here!

You know how you have to have your seatbelt fastened on an airplane during take-off and landing (and for your safety and comfort you should keep it fastened for the duration of the flight...), you shouldn't walk in front of the engines, and you really should pay attention to the flight attendants when they're going through the safety instructions (you should do this even if' you've flown before...).

These are things that are more or less unwritten rules of being an airplane passenger.

But I would like some more things added to those rules, and I think it might be a good idea to have those rules IN WRITING!

See, when I was flying to London on Friday evening, there was a couple sitting right behind me and I'm telling ya, by the time we landed at Stansted, I felt like punching the guy in the gut!

Now, I'm not afraid of flying, but I do have a very active imagination (which is why I always jump into my bed instead of walking the last couple of feet, but I digress), so any mentioning of plane crashes during the flight IS A BIG NO-NO!
First, during take-off, this guy was talking about how plane crashes are most likely to happen during landing and, indeed, take-off.

Later, when the sound of the engines changed (which they do once in a while and that's no big deal), he was commenting on that too. And a patch of tubulence made him almost shriek. WTF??

When we were approaching Stansted, the pilot was making turns, which is what a pilot is meant to be doing when he's approaching an airfield to put down the plane. But the guy was complaining about this "Oh I'm not comfotable about him doing this! Why is he doing this?? Is he supposed to do this??"

And he was also worried about the fact that the plane was flying so low over a residential area. But HELLO!! For miles and miles all around London almost everything is a build-up area!! And HELLO!! again, you have to fly low when you want to land!

Ok, so he may be afraid of flying. That's fair enough. But, how does it help him to keep yapping on about it?? Won't that magnify the problem??

AND WHY THE FUCK DID HE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT SO THAT I COULD HEAR IT WHEN I'M SUSCEPTIBLE TO IMAGES OF PLANES CRASHING???

So, the rule should be: bloody keep your fear of flying to yourself!!


PS. When flying back this morning, I could indeed see my house from the plane. That was very surreal.

Monday, January 31, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:13 PM