|Another reason to be annoyed with airlines
||[16 Jun 2006|03:04am]
Finally, when they read the safety instructions at the beginning of the flight,
they go through the whole song and dance about "in the unlikely event of a
water landing..." and all the precautions in place to deal with that happening.
My friend Peter Thompson did some research on this. At least going back to
1970, which by my estimation encompasses over 150 million commercial airline
flights, there has not been a single water landing! (Some planes explode and
fall into the water, but he couldn't find anything resembling a water landing
where any of those instructions might help you.) So perhaps 15 billion customer
trips have heard that 10-15 second set of instructions without it ever being
useful to anyone.