Every Airplane Ride Is Like a Maiden Voyage for Me

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I am usually on an airplane once a month, sometimes more often. I have been flying since I was eighteen years old. If you do the math, you’ll figure out I have flown hundreds of times.

Yet, each flight is as scary to me as my first flight in 1966 when my cousin Debbie had to fly across the United States from Los Angeles to get me so I could go back with her to spend time with my West Coast family. I refused to fly alone.

Now I prefer to fly alone so I can concentrate on every little detail. There have been times when I’ve thought the engines had stopped or I’ve smelled a fire. If the flight attendants congregate in one area, I want to eavesdrop to know what’s going on. I also examine every person who enters the plane. If a person looks suspicious to me, I watch their every move. The worst for me is when someone gets up in flight to get something from a piece of luggage from the overhead. I worry about what they are reaching for and does it have a trigger.

I was very surprised when I saw a recent article in The New York Times from columnist David Pogue that talked about the mysteries of air travel. At first I wondered why a personal tech writer was covering air travel, but then Pogue carefully explained that technology and the travel industry are getting more and more intertwined. Find out why air turbulence and lightening won’t crash a plane, and whether or not your mobile devices really interfere with navigation. There are lots of other areas covered. Here is your chance to learn more.

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4 thoughts on “Every Airplane Ride Is Like a Maiden Voyage for Me

  1. Lois you are not alone. Been flying for the same amount of time, and for me each flight is the first! Like you I have my routine down pat. Maybe one or all of these will help you on your next flight.
    1. Look for suspicious looking characters in the air port. Do not stand, check in, or for God sakes sit next to one especially if they are caring hand luggage.

    2. Once on the plane, sit as close to the emergency exit as possible. Don’t let people who are injured, or mothers with babies stand in your way. You are there to protect them too.

    3. Do not take any sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or liquor. These could possibly dull your senses.
    You must be alert at all times.

    4. Watch all airline personnel closely. Pay special note to their eye movements and hand gestures.

    5. Get to know the person who is sitting next to you in case you have to grab a hold of their arm,
    or hold on.
    6. During turbulence, despite of what the pilot says pray….and enjoy the flight

  2. I consider flying an inconvenience . It is the intercity bus of the 40’s and 50’s.
    Look around flying used to be the premium travel option. Passengers wore jackets and ties. The airlines treated you as a valued client. Today the flying public is from all strata of life. Very few consider the bus or train as a viable option. Passengers wear any old thing the can throw on and the airline treats you as a number not as valued passenger. Most of the change is due to the extreme safety of flying compared to the numbers of people flying and the miles traveled.
    So sit back, sleep and … ignore the ride.

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