Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Delta showed interest in the design after
receiving a hand-drawn sketch from the boy.
Benjamin Jensen—an eight-year-old from Ogden,
Utah—came up with a genius new way to locate missing airplanes while
watching "Why Planes Disappear" on TV.
His thought: "We could have a system
that has neon balloons that rise up to the surface when the plane crashes in
the sea—and there would be stones at the bottom so they would stay there."
He continues to explain that the balloons would be made of reinforced rubber
giving them the ability to withstand pressure and keep it from floating right
up into the air.
An RF transmitter would be located inside the balloon for
easy finding. Jensen is the son of two Airforce veterans, both of who were
not surprised with his idea given their son's lifelong interest in aviation
and military airplane design. He went ahead and drew a sketch of said design
and sent it to Delta CEO Richard Anderson.
Here comes the plot twist: Delta
loved the idea.
John Laughter—the airline's senior vice president of safety,
security, and compliance—sent Jensen a package with two mdoel airplanes,
some Delta swag, and a note.
"I work with many Delta people, The Federal
Aviation Administration, and airplane manufactures to solve problems such as
airline tracking in an emergency," he said.
"There are lots of experts
thinking about ideas just like you sent us.
I will make sure to share your
plans with them!" Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel +
Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
Delta showed interest in a hand-drawn sketch showing a new way
to locate missing planes from a young boy living in Utah.
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