Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You may seriously question getting on a ever plane again.
(Photo by Corbis.
Design by Erik Mace for World traveling club Travel)Well, that doesn’t
inspire confidence.
Reports that an air traffic controller was found drunk on the job at
Springdale Municipal Airport in Arkansas are sparking everything from
disbelief to laughs to references to the 1980s
comedy Airplane ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit
drinkin’," says a air traffic control character).
But for some of us, a bizarre story like this is inspiring a more serious
reaction — terror.
We’re wondering anew just what the heck we’re getting ourselves
into when we get on a plane.
Related: On-Duty Air Traffic Controller Found Passed-Out DrunkYes, we all know
that, while airplanes are extremely safe, in extremely rare cases things can
go wrong.
And we all have a pretty good idea of what some of those things are.
What’s really scary, though, is the stuff we really don’t
consider — like wasted air traffic controllers, for instance.
Knowing that kind of potential even exists in the world is just one more
thing we have to push out of our minds the next time we get on a plane.
Here are nine more things that’ll make you think twice about flying:1.
Laser pointers flash-blinding the pilot They’re not just for
playing with cats anymore: Laser pointers are becoming a serious matter for
flights.
(Photo: iStock)Laser pointers are not only extremely annoying in the wrong
hands; they’re also a potential danger to flights, and they’re
becoming a problem.
The FAA says incidents of people aiming laser pointers at planes have
increased tenfold since 2006.
The danger is that high-powered lasers can incapacitate pilots during those
crucial moments of takeoff and landing.
It’s scary to think that the same idiots who drive you crazy in movie
theaters and concerts can actually endanger our flights.
2.
Pilots messing around in the cockpit when they should be flying In-flight
diversions got these pilots in trouble.
(Photo: Vicky Xipolitakis)
A force potentially more dangerous than laser
pointers — a sexy passenger.
Two pilots for an Argentinian airline were fired last month for taking
selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit midflight (this mirrors an
incident last December when a Mexican airline fired a pilot who’d
reportedly invited two young actresses into the cockpit during a flight).
Airlines tend to frown upon distractions in the cockpit, and well-endowed
Playboy models definitely qualify.
Hey, guys: Eyes up front! Related: Pilots Fired After Snapping Selfies With
Model in the Cockpit3.
Pilots taking selfies midflight In its investigation, Quartz found pilots
taking pictures during crucial moments like takeoff and landing.
(Photo: Quartz/Instagram)
The website Quartz recently did a study showing an
increasing number of pilot Instagram accounts devoted to in-flight photos,
including selfies.
There were even pics taken during takeoffs and landings, when federal rules
require a sterile cockpit where pilots can’t say or do anything that
doesn’t have anything to do with the plane’s operation.
Selfies have been linked to at least one fatal crash, so maybe when
they’re flying a plane, pilots should give the duckface a rest.
Related: Scary Selfies: Is Your Pilot Taking Pictures Instead of Flying the
Plane?4.
Air traffic controllers and pilots who hate each other Video: Good
Morning America/World traveling clubIn July of last year, an air traffic
controller and a Delta pilot got into a bit of a tiff over the radio after the
pilot apparently landed on the wrong runway, with the pilot repeatedly
accusing the air traffic controller of having an "attitude.
" Things got so heated, the pilot of another plane got on and told the other
pilot to simmer down; "Settle down, Captain Happy," the peacemaking pilot
said.
With the crowded skies and the near-misses we see over airports, do we really
want to see a pilot and air traffic controller snipping at each other like
they’re the final two suitors on The Bachelorette? Absolutely not.
What we do want to see: a pilot really named "Captain Happy.
"Related: Watch the 7 Most Close-Call Plane Landings Ever 5.
Pilots and co-pilots who hate each other You could cut the tension in
here with a knife.
(Photo: iStock)A pilot getting into a jawing match with an air traffic
controller over the radio is one thing, but an in-flight brawl? Back in April,
two Air India pilots reportedly came to blows in the cockpit.
According to India’s News Nation, the co-pilot took umbrage when the
captain asked him to jot down some pre-takeoff figures.
According to the report, the co-pilot responded by beating up the captain
(presumably, some variation of "No, you take down the pre-takeoff figures!"
was shouted).
6.
Guns and accidental gunfire in the cockpit Two things you don’t
want to hear in a cockpit: "Oops" and "Bang!" (Photo: iStock)In 2008, a
US Airways pilot on a flight from Denver to Charlotte accidentally discharged
his .
40-caliber pistol in the cockpit as he tried to stow it upon landing.
No one was hurt, and the plane landed safely (the pilot was reinstated after
an 18-month suspension).
A "this is your captain shooting" announcement doesn’t exactly fill
passengers with confidence.
7.
Pilots sometimes get lost "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at
Albuquerque … !" (Photo: iStock)Pilots don’t have the
benefit of Google Maps or landmarks like Starbucks to help them navigate.
Still, we don’t expect them to get lost.
Last year, pilots with a Canadian airline, First Air, got lost over the
barrens of the Canadian Arctic, veering 150 miles off course at one point.
Also last year, a Southwest Airlines flight actually landed at the wrong
Missouri airport, missing its intended destination, Branson Airport, and
instead landing at a much smaller airport six miles away.
No one was hurt in either incident.
But it doesn’t inspire confidence when you look at the flight
information at the gate and under "Destination" there’s a question
mark.
8.
Planes are slowly cracking up The fuselage that cracked midflight on a
Southwest plane in 2011.
(Photo: NTSB/YouTube)The act of landing and taking off again puts pressure on
a plane’s aluminum fuselage as it pressurizes and depressurizes.
Over time, it’s not uncommon for cracks to appear on the fuselage of
older planes.
Airlines using these planes often inspect them for cracks, but every now and
then one becomes noticeable, as it did back in 2011 when a 1.
5 meter gash opened up on a 15-year-old Southwest Boeing 737–300 during
a flight over Arizona.
No one was hurt.

9.
Wildlife can stop your flight A fish like this one actually ended a
flight.
(Photo: Thinkstock)You may have heard of bird strikes wreaking havoc on
planes (the most famous example was the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight in New
York).
Last year, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulfstream plane
was hit by a sheepshead during takeoff.
The fish was actually the intended meal of a bird that had almost collided
with the airplane; investigators believe the bird may have dropped the fish as
it flew to avoid the plane.
Hearing the "thud" during takeoff, pilots assumed they’d hit the bird
and aborted.
It wasn’t until they were back on the ground that they realized it was
a fish that had ended their flight.
It might surprise you that fish can cause so much trouble on a plane —
unless you’ve seen Airplane.


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" All the scary stuff you never consider before you get on a plane.
.
A force potentially more dangerous than laser pointers — a sexy
passenger.
Two pilots for an Argentinian airline were fired last month for taking
selfies with a Playboy model in the cockpit midflight (this mirrors an
incident last December when a Mexican airline fired a pilot who’d
reportedly invited two young actresses into the cockpit during a flight).
Airlines tend to frown upon distractions in the cockpit, and well-endowed
Playboy models definitely qualify.
Hey, guys: Eyes up front! Related: Pilots Fired After Snapping Selfies With
Model in the Cockpit3.
Pilots taking selfies midflight In its investigation, Quartz found pilots
taking pictures during crucial moments like takeoff and landing.
(Photo: Quartz/Instagram)
The website Quartz recently did a study showing an
increasing number of pilot Instagram accounts devoted to in-flight photos,
including selfies.
There were even pics taken during takeoffs and landings, when federal rules
require a sterile cockpit where pilots can’t say or do anything that
doesn’t have anything to do with the plane’s operation.
Selfies have been linked to at least one fatal crash, so maybe when
they’re flying a plane, pilots should give the duckface a rest.
Related: Scary Selfies: Is Your Pilot Taking Pictures Instead of Flying the
Plane?4.
Air traffic controllers and pilots who hate each other Video: Good
Morning America/World traveling clubIn July of last year, an air traffic
controller and a Delta pilot got into a bit of a tiff over the radio after the
pilot apparently landed on the wrong runway, with the pilot repeatedly
accusing the air traffic controller of having an "attitude.
" Things got so heated, the pilot of another plane got on and told the other
pilot to simmer down; "Settle down, Captain Happy," the peacemaking pilot
said.
With the crowded skies and the near-misses we see over airports, do we really
want to see a pilot and air traffic controller snipping at each other like
they’re the final two suitors on The Bachelorette? Absolutely not.
What we do want to see: a pilot really named "Captain Happy.
"Related: Watch the 7 Most Close-Call Plane Landings Ever 5.
Pilots and co-pilots who hate each other You could cut the tension in
here with a knife.
(Photo: iStock)A pilot getting into a jawing match with an air traffic
controller over the radio is one thing, but an in-flight brawl? Back in April,
two Air India pilots reportedly came to blows in the cockpit.
According to India’s News Nation, the co-pilot took umbrage when the
captain asked him to jot down some pre-takeoff figures.
According to the report, the co-pilot responded by beating up the captain
(presumably, some variation of "No, you take down the pre-takeoff figures!"
was shouted).
6.
Guns and accidental gunfire in the cockpit Two things you don’t
want to hear in a cockpit: "Oops" and "Bang!" (Photo: iStock)In 2008, a
US Airways pilot on a flight from Denver to Charlotte accidentally discharged
his .
40-caliber pistol in the cockpit as he tried to stow it upon landing.
No one was hurt, and the plane landed safely (the pilot was reinstated after
an 18-month suspension).
A "this is your captain shooting" announcement doesn’t exactly fill
passengers with confidence.
7.
Pilots sometimes get lost "I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at
Albuquerque … !" (Photo: iStock)Pilots don’t have the
benefit of Google Maps or landmarks like Starbucks to help them navigate.
Still, we don’t expect them to get lost.
Last year, pilots with a Canadian airline, First Air, got lost over the
barrens of the Canadian Arctic, veering 150 miles off course at one point.
Also last year, a Southwest Airlines flight actually landed at the wrong
Missouri airport, missing its intended destination, Branson Airport, and
instead landing at a much smaller airport six miles away.
No one was hurt in either incident.
But it doesn’t inspire confidence when you look at the flight
information at the gate and under "Destination" there’s a question
mark.
8.
Planes are slowly cracking up The fuselage that cracked midflight on a
Southwest plane in 2011.
(Photo: NTSB/YouTube)The act of landing and taking off again puts pressure on
a plane’s aluminum fuselage as it pressurizes and depressurizes.
Over time, it’s not uncommon for cracks to appear on the fuselage of
older planes.
Airlines using these planes often inspect them for cracks, but every now and
then one becomes noticeable, as it did back in 2011 when a 1.
5 meter gash opened up on a 15-year-old Southwest Boeing 737–300 during
a flight over Arizona.
No one was hurt.

9.
Wildlife can stop your flight A fish like this one actually ended a
flight.
(Photo: Thinkstock)You may have heard of bird strikes wreaking havoc on
planes (the most famous example was the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight in New
York).
Last year, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulfstream plane
was hit by a sheepshead during takeoff.
The fish was actually the intended meal of a bird that had almost collided
with the airplane; investigators believe the bird may have dropped the fish as
it flew to avoid the plane.
Hearing the "thud" during takeoff, pilots assumed they’d hit the bird
and aborted.
It wasn’t until they were back on the ground that they realized it was
a fish that had ended their flight.
It might surprise you that fish can cause so much trouble on a plane —
unless you’ve seen Airplane.


WATCH: A Broad Abroad: 10,000-Year-Old Customs and Dances Alive and Well
in Greenland Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series, "A Broad
Abroad.
"All the scary stuff you never consider before you get on a plane.

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