The Big Think

May 31, 2011

The Miracle of Flight

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 4:18 pm

I’m currently sitting on a JetBlue flight from Orlando to Austin. I just realized that I’ve never been on a plane that is so dark during the day. If I crane my neck I count 17 windows open throughout the entire plane (most of them near the back). I was wondering what why when I realized that the plane needs to be dark so that everyone can watch the seatback televisions.

I don’t know why but it’s a slightly depressing thought that we’ve become so inured to the miracle of flying (and the simple pleasure of looking out the window) that we would rather watch a sitcom than the clouds as seen from above. Yes, it makes the flight go faster (we watched a movie on the way out to Orlando last thursday), but I think we’ve given something up.

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