The Not-So-Friendly Skies

American Voices ISSUE 30•01 Aug 7, 1996

Last month's mysterious crash of TWA Flight 800 near Long Island, which came on the heels of several other major air tragedies, has sparked a national debate about the safety and security of commercial airlines. What do you think?

  • “I realize passengers are concerned, but speaking as a pilot, there's no better place to drop acid than 40,000 feet in the air.”

    Nathan Reynolds –
    Pilot

  • “There need to be more exhaustive pre-boarding security anal probes. In fact, forget the plane ride altogether.”

    Martin Mattacks –
    Ornithologist

  • “I would like to see more entertaining in-flight movies and fewer mid-air explosive decapitations.”

    Erick D'Alessio –
    Plumber

  • “I hate being aboard a plane during a terrorist hijacking, but when I have to be, I chew delicious Wrigley's Spearmint Gum.”

    Rosalie Thalacker –
    Pharmacist

  • “It stinks that all flights are now non-smoking, but I can usually get away with blowing the smoke out the gaping rusted holes in the plane's fuselage.”

    Marianne Sirota –
    Lab Technician

  • “Airline safety is all about people.”

    Steven Lastrom –
    Systems Analyst