By John the CEO
Based on responses from the last article about navigating airports, I decided to follow it up with this post for those who are either scared to fly on a plane or never flown on one. I once read a report that said only 6-10% of the U.S. population had flown on an airplane. Back in the early days of commercial aviation, the industry suppressed news about plane crashes for fear that it would “scare the hell” out of potential passengers. But for the last 40 years or so, commercial airlines have been quite safe (I’ll touch on the 9/11 attacks in a bit). Thus, fear should not limit you from flying. And you don’t need to have family or friends in another city or country to have an excuse to travel there. Some people use the excuse, “If I don’t know anybody there, why should I visit it?” I think people who use this excuse are using it as a cover for their fear of flying, lol.
“What about all those plane crashes and disappearing planes I keep hearing about in the news?” This is a common concern. Keep in mind, you can’t believe everything you read or hear in the mainstream news media. Unfortunately, there is a lot of dishonesty in this industry, and some of that dishonesty is based on certain agendas that I won’t go into detail about here. Just know that the same news media that pounded in our ears that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and the same one that said Russia was the reason supposedly that that one Malaysian Airliner disappeared (this turned out to be a fraud too), is the same one repeatedly told us that some Arab guys with no commercial airline pilot experience were somehow able to do things with 4 commercial airplanes that not even experienced commercial pilots can do on September 11.
Regardless of what your opinion might be on the matter, the 9/11 attacks single handedly instilled terror in Americans to the point that the airline industry almost collapsed cuz nobody wanted to fly after that. The fact is, 9/11 was all about fear, and fear is how segments of our government rule the masses. Don’t let fear ruin your life. Nothing happened to those planes on 9/11. And the other plane incidences you’ve heard about were not exactly what they appeared to be (yes, more deception). Planes are very safe, and once you understand the basics of the technology, you’ll better control your fear of flying. This is particularly true of those who were the first ones in their families to get a 4 year degree and then get a white collar job in an office somewhere. Fear of flying can get in the way of your career progression.
As I mentioned in my last article, commercial airplanes constantly sucks in a lot of air and compress it, using it reusable energy. No fuel is actually needed, although the media shows video clips at times of planes refueling. Planes use tons of air pressure to essentially get lift from the ground and propel the plan in various directions. If you’ve ever seen a windmill turn faster and faster as the wind blows harder and harder, then you get the idea. Also, if you remember sticking your hand out a car window as a kid and feel the wind flow into your hand to force it back, then you should know this is the basics of aerodynamics. As you slightly move the palm of your hand up or down, your arm moved in that direction.
When both airplane engines suck in all that air equally, they stabilize the flight of the plane, essentially the same way your hand did outside the car window. Sometimes, especially during takeoff, planes experience turbulence because the air is rougher near the ground that at what’s called cruising altitude (roughly about a mile above the earth). Plane engines have to adjust to rough air, and this adjustment helps even out the plane during turbulence. Planes are tough beasts in the air, and they can take a beating, which is why they are very safe. Why do you think flight attendants and pilots fly every day for many years? They love their lives, too, and don’t like turbulence, but they understand how planes work, and so they get used to it. And you should too!
So get up and get out there. Make memories and be sure to follow this site as we bring you more posts about exotic places you can travel to this summer!