Terror in the Skies
It wasn’t exactly air disaster but neither was it very informative, or not to me at least. What I notice in these TV programmes is a bloated use of the language … nothing is normal or expected it’s all ‘out of the blue’ and emotive. Even the professor presenting the show gave out a shriek of boyhood delight when a battery caught fire after it had been heated by a welders torch.
What did anyone expect when you apply a light to something … it catches fire. Not exactly rocket science. So after that sort of banal experiment complete with white coats and protective glass screens we’re taken on to a plane as if there’s some correlation between these things.
Then we’re treated to a flight from China to London where the temperature plunged to -65 degrees. Well you wanna know something? If you go that high the temperature will drop to -65 degrees. It’ll do that at a rate of about 1.98 degrees per thousand feet increase in altitude. That’s a fact, whereas plunging is not a fact, it’s not relevant and it’s pure journalistic sensationalism.
I almost forgot there were taped interviews with people who thought they might die … they were upset. Few people seemed so convinced that they were going to die that they gave 100% concentration on the safety procedures … preferring to video the action on their phones.
The only benefit the programme had was to persuade me to write this blog and add to it that my suggestion is that if you find yourself in the position of having to evacuate an aircraft DO NOT waste time or risk yourself and your fellow passengers by taking video.
More next week I guess … it’s a four parter. That’s if I can summon up the energy to watch the mad professor thrashing life into ‘Terror’.