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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Seriously- THANK a Pilot!

This is going to be more on the chatty side when it comes to my posts. 

I can't stop thinking about flying after all of the traveling I've been doing lately. That's why I wanted to express my thoughts about travel, planes and most importantly: flying. Growing up as a little girl, my dad was a pilot and he spent countless hours up in the air flying small Cessna planes. A lot of times, my brother or I would go with him. I loved the thrill of being up in the air and seeing all the houses down below. They looked like little dollhouses and I felt like I was on top of the world. It was so fun to fly!

After all of the recent plane catastrophes we have heard (missing Malaysia flight, crashed AirAsia flight, crashed Germanwings flight) I am no longer excited to get on a plane and get to my next adventure. All I can think about is if my feet will ever touch the ground again...and I don't like feeling that way. No one does. It's stressful, makes my chest hurt and truly does not feel good to know that my life (and three hundred other people's lives are on the line.) We put our life in the hands of a captain, a co-pilot and the plane's mechanic state. If the plane hasn't been maintenanced properly and the pilot doesn't pick up on it before we take off, we could be screwed. If the smallest thing doesn't function, we could be screwed. Seriously people- your life is in the hands of the pilots manning the flight.

What I always find myself doing is thanking the pilots for a great landing (if it was a great landing) and their face lights up with happiness and they joyfully say "thank you very much!" You know why they get so excited? Because passengers do not compliment them on a smooth flight or a great flight or a great landing. Those words do not come out of 95% of the passengers mouths. What does come out of people's mouths is their frustration for being delayed. We have alllll done it, it's true. Delayed three hours? What the f*&$!? The other thing is once the plane lands, people are just trying to get off the plane as soon as possible and get to their business meeting or see the family that's waiting outside for them. Which is wrong. Without this pilot, you may not have had the opportunity to even get to your business meeting or see your family at all. Tell the pilot thank you. He deserves that at the very least.

This pilot is a good person who has gotten you from one destination to another. I am so passionate about thanking them for a good flight, a good landing, for getting me on the ground- ANYTHING because it means a lot to them. At the end of the day, you got where you needed to go. That is enough to be thankful.

The next time you travel and your flight is delayed two hours, don't start cussing and displaying yourself with an attitude. Thank your pilot for getting you from Destination A to Destination B safely. Him and his co-pilot deserve a lot of credit so be sure to say thank you.
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  1. This is honestly a great post :) I have been travelling on planes all my life because I study overseas and I have NEVER thought about flying from the pilots' perspective before, which is crazy because they are the ones flying the planes we are on! I think you only really realise how much pressure and dedication pilots have when you have someone close to you who is in that position so thank you so much for reminding us of this <3 I am definitely going to make sure I thank the pilots flying my planes next time when I get the chance because especially during this period when airplane accidents seem to suddenly be on the news all the time they would probably appreciate a simple "thank you" the most :) xx

    Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  2. Thanks so much for leaving your perspective. It really is true that people just forget, but the pilot is so important. Especially with all of the recent catastrophes. Every pilot has a choice and they make the good choice by getting us down on the ground as quickly and safely as possible. They are definitely super heros in their own right! xx, Ada

  3. Good job, Ada. I'm glad you pointed this out, I think it's common courtesy to thank the flight team for keeping you safe and getting you to your destination. Your landing line made me laugh, because that shiz matters!! I will always think of this now when I fly as a nice reminder to point out the landing :-)


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