Monday, March 27, 2006


Why do pilots feel the need to ramble on about nothing in particular during a flight? Are there passengers that honestly care about our altitude or speed? Or what dull land formation we're flying over? Would any of that information matter to someone that's sitting in a metal tube hurtling through the air? Is the co-pilot lacking such social skills that the pilot feels the need to carry one-way conversations with unwilling passengers?

Isn't it interesting that no other method of transportation performs this unsolicited "service."

Well, except maybe a cab driver.

The only time that I want the pilot to come on the intercom is to inform me that:
a. We're going to deviate from the original flight plan.
b. Something's wrong with the plane and we're going down.
c. Something amazing, like a UFO or Godzilla, is near us.

I wish there was a way to convey this to the pilot. Or, perhaps we can take a pre-flight vote when we book our seats. Majority will rule, and if more than 50% of the passengers declare their lack of interest, then the pilot must keep silent.