We’re crashing? Can I still get Duty Free?
There was an incredible story last week, which I can’t get out of my mind.
British Airways apologized after an emergency message was played in flight by mistake, warning passengers they might be about to crash into the sea.
The plane was bound from London to Hong Kong at the time. The cabin crew realized the error, and reassured the terrified passengers.
The ordeal was so hideously traumatic that we’ve hired actors Dick Van Dyke and Katja Riemann to simulate how the passengers may have looked.
Also, I have some follow-up questions for the airline:
1. Just WHY is there a prepared message saying the plane is about to crash into the sea? Do you really need it that often?
2. Why can’t an actual member of the flight crew read this message if it’s necessary? Will crew members be busy parachuting out of the cockpit windows while we’re back there listening to the taped version?
3. Why was this message in a place where a crew member could trigger it by accident?
“I played the CRASH message? Oh, silly me! I meant to punch the one saying our featured film today is ‘Marmaduke!’”
So what happened to the poor passengers after this mishap?
By all accounts they were very upset, but gradually things got back to normal for the ELEVEN HOURS left in the flight.
Actor Dick Van Dyke reacts as he sits courtside at Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
German actress Katja Riemann reacts as she arrives to the German Film Prize award ceremony in Berlin in a 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch