If you're anything like me you'll be terrified of flying. Sure, stats may say it's the safest mode of transport, but as far as I'm concerned if God had meant us to fly he would have given us wings.
I went om holiday to Valencia the other week and besides from the usual anxious premonitions about terrorists and engine failures whilst I was at 40,000 feet, this time I also fretted over the possibility that my plane could crash into another in the same air space.
Turns out my worries weren't entirely misjudged, as an exchange between Air Traffic Control and pilots from Ryanair and Aer Lingus has been released after a near miss between the two flights.
A Ryanair flight (RYR966V) from Venice to Ireland and an Aer Lingus flight (EIN43R) from Milan passed very close to each other whilst flying over the Emerald Isle.
Audio of the pilots involved in the incident has since been released...
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The two aircraft were at one stage just a mile apart laterally and 700 feet vertically.
In busy airspace like Dublin, minimum restriction is three miles laterally and 1000 feet vertically.
The courses were quickly corrected but it's unclear who was at fault in the video.
Ryanair said: "This flight from Venice Treviso to Dublin last Monday (6 Feb) was on approach to Dublin Airport under the direction of Dublin ATC when it was instructed by ATC to 'go around'. The crew performed a routine 'go around' and landed normally shortly afterwards."
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If that's not enough to make you want to travel by boat, some of these secrets shared by people work for airlines just might do it.
According to a Reddit thread:
"There is a small latch hidden inside the lavatory sign on the bathroom door, which will open the door when pulled, even when it's locked. Airplane Peekaboo!"
"You know how all the other armrests can be raised except for the one next to the aisle? Turns out that one can be raised as well via a small button in a divot on the underside of the armrest. Useful if you want to spread out a bit more, though some flight attendants may tell you to put it back in place."
"Αerospace fastener production here. Nobody еver asks what is actually holding thе plane together. Don't worry аbout it."
"Friends of mine were flying back from one of the Thai islands and were sat by the emergency exit. A few minutes before they took off, a couple of maintenance guys came on with what looked like the biggest roll of duct tape they'd ever seen, and started vigorously taping up the door. Flight went fine and nobody mentioned the door!"
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"Paramedic here. If you switch on your alarm lights on the ambulance while being on the inner field of the airport (because...well you just get there sometimes) they will totally shut down all incoming and outgoing flights until they know exactly what's going on. My Buddy learned this the hard way. Needless to say people got mad at him..."
"Employees and their families get "ID tickets" (ID is for "industry discount"), which means they only pay taxes and fees and nothing for the actual ticket. The airlines basically lets them fly for free. And not just with their own airline, but with every airline in any alliance. The tickets are stand-by tickets, so you're not guaranteed to get on board, but you get a seat more often than not. The family members can travel on these tickets without the employee. My dad worked for an airline in Star Alliance, so I used to get free tickets with airlines in One World and SkyTeam as well as Star Alliance. I usually traveled in business class, all around the world. A return trip between Europe and Japan was something like 200 USD in business class, and maybe 50 USD in economy. I don't get any perks anymore, as it was only valid until I turned 25."
"Locks on zippered bags are useless. You can pop a zipper with a pen and drag the locked zipper pulls around the bag to close them back up. I've done this many times to identify bags that are tagless and locked."
"That there's a huge list of things that can be missing from the aircraft while still being allowed to fly."
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