Of course, it can be argued that the most terrifying part about flying is being in a giant, metal tube hurtling through the atmosphere in defiance of God. Nonetheless for me, the most frightening thing is the lack of control over my fate should things go wrong.
When the plane hits rough weather, the job of the flight attendants is to keep everyone calm. Landing a plane under perilous conditions is pretty tough; it perhaps doesn’t help the pilot at all to have 80 people freaking out in the back.
However, staying calm might not in fact help you that much during an event in the sky.
1. When a crash occurs, depending on the speed of impact, it is probable your body (which is 70 percent water) will explode.
And, if your body doesn’t fully explode, the plane’s explosion will certainly take care of the rest.
2. Airplane seat belts should indeed have shoulder straps. When a crash occurs at a slower speed, shoulder straps can save lives, leaving the victims only with light bruising on the chest.
Shoulder straps surely are a bit uncomfortable, but not more uncomfortable than death.
3. Without a shoulder harness, it’s likely that the jolt of the impact causes your 10-pound head to snap your neck. There’s possibility that it may even fall off. Many reports have shown waist belts severing plane crash victims in half.
Totally gonna duct tape myself to my seat next time I fly.
4. Seats should in fact be faced the other way around. Flight surgeons opine the back is able to absorb far more shock than the chest. Rear-facing seats installed in Navy transport planes have saved thousands of lives.
5. The purpose of life jackets is to just help rescue crews find the bodies in the event of a crash.
Did little to find Malaysia 370, however.
6. The Air Force, resort to taking foot prints because in serious crashes, the feet inside boots are the only thing left to identify soldiers with.
7. Oxygen masks doesn’t solve any purpose during the rapid descent of a plane. They are put to work when the altitude of the plane exceeds 14,000 feet and the cabin pressure is lost. They may drop in the time of extreme turbulence, but the reason for that is the panels have accidentally come loose.
8. The parts of the plane are usually manufactured by the lowest bidder to reduce cost.
At least plane tickets aren’t insanely costly, though, right?
9. At the time of descent, due to high wind speed the clothes of plane crash victims can come right off.
Again, duct tape appears to be a great idea right now.
10. Supposing your plane hits the water and you survive, the risk is there that you may succumb to hypothermia, which, in cool waters, can set in, in seconds. If you submerge your head fully under water, your brain functionality can get impacted.
11. As a result of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the ozone, scientists opine turbulence on flights is also rising. By mid-century, it may be up 40% worse than it is now.
Global warming play havoc with EVERYTHING!
12. Nearly 80% plane crashes take place either during takeoff or landing.
13. If a fire breaks out, you have around 90 seconds to exit the plane before the whole thing is toast. Moreover, if you sit more than 5 rows away from an exit, statistically you will most likely not survive.
Every single row counts.
14. Between 43 to 54% of pilots confessed to having dozed off at the controls. Nearly one-third of them have had the experience of waking up only to discover their partner had also fallen asleep.
Hey! Leave the snoozin’ to us in the back who have loaded up on NyQuil before the flight.
15. At the time of a high speed descent, most likely there’ll be rapid decompression in the cabin, causing almost all passengers to pass out before the crash.
Sort of comforting, I suppose?
16. Occasionally, airlines cut costs by economizing on fuel, forcing planes to take off with less than the prescribed amount.
If there’s one thing you should economize on, it’s SURELY the lifeblood of the planes.
Nonetheless we’ve already established that airline travel today is much safer than it was in the past, and American travel in particular is the safest in the world. Most accidents can be averted, and the chances of being in a plane crash are between 1 in 11 million and 1 in 60 million. Nevertheless, whenever I hit rough weather on a cross-ocean flight, I of and on wish I took that class in aerodynamics in high school instead of zoology.