Day Two Hundred Thirty Four, Septmeber 13, 2011

the book that saved the wonky day

This was one of the days that will have a highlight in my memories, for sure it will, and not only because I am for the first time posting iphone photos in my 365 project, but because it was a day that went off course. I was flying back from Geneva to Shanghai via Doha (Qatar), and the first leg of the flight was all well and smooth. Most of us fly so much these days that we only lend half an ear to the safety instruction videos or the bored crew members demonstrations at take-off. 3 hours into the second leg of the journey (Doha to Shanghai), the monitor screen caught my sleepy eye, “hmmm we are not supposed to be making circles are we”? And what is that jet of liquid flying out the wings? Should we be concerned? Why isn’t anyone saying anything?

And many details, questions, concerns, circling plane, jet fuel thrown out of the wings, 3 extra hours packed with mystery, we head back to where we came from. Of course, no one cared to explain what was going on, and the 250 or so passengers were dropped back at the airport utterly clueless and exhausted waiting for news on another flight.

There was of course a valid reason for the plane to turn around (a medical emergency on the flight), but I realized on this day the importance of being prepared, the value of proper people handling, the need for grace under pressure, all of which were close to non existent. It made me feel a great concern for the times we live in, and for who and what and who we put our lives at the mercy of. Do we trust too much because we have no choice? Are the people put in these critical positions worthy of our trust?

Yes, strange day and important day to rethink so many things, and a day to be forced out of my routine way of going on. A great book was finished too but that’s only a side story.

2 thoughts on “Day Two Hundred Thirty Four, Septmeber 13, 2011

  1. It’s suprising how patient people can be when they know the truth about what’s going on. The “powers that be” so often think that fobbing us off with a good excuse will keep us happy when the truth is always easier to believe … and trust.
    I expect you were very pleased when you finally made your way home. 🙂

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  2. You are so right.. this begs the question why don’t we question more?.. And why did the crew not keep you even a littel informed about what was going on.. mm.. at least you had a good book.. c

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