Here’s a video on Facebook that’s gotten more than 10 million views since yesterday. (HT: Rob R.) It mocks up a concept that’s supposed to enhance aircraft safety.
There’s a breakaway cabin that can be detached from the rest of the plane when the aircraft is going down. Presumably the pilot would emergency-eject the passengers (I guess the captain goes down with the ship), who ostensibly float to safety while the rest of the aircraft goes down in a ball of mess.
- I’m having a hard time imagining very many accidents over the past decade that would actually have saved lives this way.
- Air travel is already incredibly safe.
- There’s always tradeoffs. If you impose expensive redesigns on aircraft, and raise the cost of flying, do you push people to travel by other less safe methods of transport?
In other words, are we solving for a real or theoretical problem? And could we even wind up making people less safe in the process?
But yeah, it’s still kind of cool. For a Facebook video.