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It's Just 'Plane' Wrong

What the heck should I write about…

So… if you managed to spend some time reading through our first blog post you’ll have some sort of idea of how glistrr came about, and if you didn’t, you should read more!

I guess when we started planning this blog and deliberating on what we should talk about, we decided we would devote a Monday to vainly write about our-wonderful-selves and on a Friday direct our thoughts towards the tech-world at large.

Guess what; it’s that time of the week! And It’s with this that I find myself trailing through Google, YouTube and Ask Jeeves (I’m joking – who really uses Ask Jeeves?) seeking out an interesting story which I can present my own predisposed, judgemental thoughts on.

I was going to begin this post talking about some tech-savvy, brainchild released by our big friends over at Apple but then this would be like every other blog post you don’t read – so scrap that.

And then it came to me…

Pulling into the work car park this morning, peering into the sun, from behind a fly-splattered front window my brain went on a bizarre path that finally got me to my story (bear with me here). A fly on the window in addition to a hot, sunny day equals the idea of flying off on a summer holiday. When I reached my beautifully, air-conditioned office and switched on my laptop, up pops the news headline concerning another airliner going missing. And I knew this was the story I needed to vent at!

Petition to ban bunk beds…

So apparently the chances of a plane crash occurring is pretty low, so much so that you are more likely to die from a lightning strike, scalding hot water, a fall from a ladder and wait for it…Falling out of bed! Yes, 20 unfortunate people in Britain die from a bed fall every year; that’s 1 in 2million!

So if I’ve got such a slim chance of killing myself dropping from bed onto an Xbox remote, I’ve clearly got an even slimmer chance of an airplane going down with me in it (*touch wood*). Having taken an interest in the recent aviation goings-on; I, like others have started to lose confidence in these analogies.

Maybe I’ll take the boat…

First there was the vanishing act of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the 8th of March which has yet to be found, then we have Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which came down (apparently shot) in Ukraine on 17th July killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. As recently as this week sees TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crash on Penghu islands during landing killing 48 and injuring 10, in addition to the wreckage of missing Air Algerie airliner with 116 people on board found in Mali on Thursday.  

Alarm bells…

If you ask me that’s a substantial number of fatalities in such a short period of time and having read around each case it really sets off a few alarm bells. The Airline industry prides itself on being safety led and I have no doubt that in all but few cases this is apparent, but it begs the question…

Is affordability dropping standards? Are we seeing first class and second class standards of safety? Are we just gaining more exposure to these occurrences through heightened media attention? Or is the world as we know it going mad?

Happy Travelling!

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