“I’m scared of flying” my friend once told me. I immediately judge her and thought “how could she be afraid of flying? Is the safest method of transportation and accidents are rare.”
Me to my friend: “You are crazy! There’s nothing to be scared of. Planes basically flight themselves nowadays.” | My friend: “I’m scared to death and this is the reason why I can’t travel.”
But now that I am older and think about all the things that can go wrong on a flight got me thinking and thought I would be fun to write down my thoughts.
The “what if the plane starts to lose pressure?”: How scary. I’ve always thought about the possibility of experiencing this. I can’t imagine what would I do if the yellow air masks drop from the airplane’s ceiling.
The “what if we need to evacuate the plane?”: Every time I board a plane I made sure which is my nearest emergency exit. I don’t know why I do this, but I guess it can’t hurt.
Also, I’ve thought about the best way to successfully evacuate the plane. After watching the movie “Sully”, the captain that saved the entire crew by landing on the Hudson River in New York after multiple birds strike the plane and both engines were completely lost. I always think “What if we land on water?” If so, there’s three option: I jump into the water and swim to the nearest airplane wing (like they did in the movie), put on my lifeguard and board the yellow boat or I put my lifeguard and take my seat (which also serves as a floating device) and float in the water.
The “What if there’s an emergency and I’m sitting in an exit seat?”: Mmm… Am I a good candidate to help all these passengers evacuate the plane? What if I’m not strong enough to open the emergency exit door?
The “What if there’s an emergency and I’m traveling with my dog?”: “Leave everything behind” is what every safety video tell you to do, but does that include my dog? I would never leave my dog behind even if the airline crew says otherwise. If this ever happens to me I would make sure I take my dog out from the pet-carrier and attach her leash to my clothes cause “what if I need to jump off the plane and my dog slips off my arms?”
I’ve also thought about what should I quickly take with me in case I need to leave everything behind. This includes my passport (or any sort of ID), at least one credit card, my phone and sweater and/or coat. “What if it’s cold? Or “what if I lose all my documents and I have no ID or money?” Of course, I’ll put these these things in my pocket.
Is crazy to think about all the things that can happen on a flight in case of an emergency, but better to be somewhat prepared and think about all these possibilities than being sorry later.
Not too long ago my flight was delayed for more than 40 minutes because of mechanical issues. The engineers took their time to fix the plane and made sure everything was OK. The passengers were getting frustrated by the fact that we were still in the gate waiting. I overheard a lady asking one of the members of the crew if she had any updates and she responded: “There’s no updates, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear some news” and the lady said: “Well better be cautious than sorry later.”
This got me thinking…and it’s SO TRUE! Since that moment I decided that I am never going to complain or get angry to the airline for delays due to mechanical reasons. The airline and the crew just wants to take us safely to our destination.
Until next trip,