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Friday, January 26, 2024

Ejector Seats

As Sylvia and I were talking about playing "Danger Zone" through the speaker systems of vehicles experiencing turbulence or collision hazards, I started thinking about the ruckus such a system would cause on passenger jets. At that moment, another ridiculous idea occurred to me: fighter pilots get ejector seats, so why shouldn't the pilots of commercial airliners? I imagine it would be way too expensive to make every seat on an airliner an ejector seat, but surely you could do so for the pilots and maybe the flight engineer. When all hope is lost, why not save two or three people instead of zero people? 

I suppose knowing pilots can bail out the moment a flight starts to go wrong might make passengers a little nervous, but surely most people would eventually see the utilitarian value of the concept. 

1 comment:

Jeff Shyluk said...

Modern jetliners don't carry flight engineers, so that's a savings right there. But what happens if someone plays "Footloose", a Kenny Loggins tune that's really close to "Danger Zone"? I can foresee disaster for any flight that is unfortunate enough to attend the annual Kevin Bacon Movie Festival.