I have a feeling after people watch the new Clint Eastwood movie, Sully, people will start paying attention to the airlines flight safety videos.
As you know, America’s Sweetheart Tom Hanks plays Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley Sullenberger . As you see in the trailer, the movie will focus on the aftermath, when US Airways questioned his course of action. It’s like a real-life version of Denzel Washington movie, Flight.
I’m interested if they explore how pilots, the most important person on your flight and whom you’ll barely see in your travels, are under constant stress to meet flight times for little pay. On top of that, they have to be sky cops when passengers get out of hand.
I remember that day (January 15, 2009), but didn’t get to see the plane floating in the Hudson. What amazed me was the flight took off, had a bird strike, landed on the water and passengers were on the wing in less than six minutes. That’s not even enough time to go through the SkyMall catalogue.
Which leads me to the cutesy flight safety videos that Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Air New Zealand show their passengers. In the past two years, I’ve seen the Virgin America all-singing, all-dancing safety videos eight times. When shit goes down, I’m going to be dancing and singing my way to safety.