Posts Tagged ‘safety’

baby bumThat slow-motion, frame-by-frame tumble when a baby falls off the couch toward the floor… We experienced that today and my heart nearly stopped.

My little guy had just massively spit up, and since his sitting skills have been developing nicely, I propped him up in the corner of the couch where we were both sitting in order to get us cleaned up. Then I looked away for a moment, just a moment! I whipped my head back around upon hearing his squeal, however, and saw nothing but an upside down baby butt as he tumbled toward the ground. I grabbed at whatever part of him I could get to first, and managed to rescue the child with his head less than an inch from the ground.

Oh wow, that was too close of a call!

He cried for a while, a small, squealing whimper that I’ve never heard before. I think it’s his “scared” cry. So I held him close and walked around the house until we’d both calmed down.

Now I know why they say to always stay within arm’s length…

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Air safety isn’t just the TSA’s responsibility … passengers and crew these days know that it’s up to them to respond to incidents in the air.

JetBlue Flight Forced to Land After Deranged Captain Screamed ‘There’s a Bomb On Board!’

JetBlue Flight 191 had to make an emergency landing today in Texas. The flight was en route to Las Vegas from New York’s JFK when a man—allegedly the flight’s captain—got out of the restroom “foaming at the mouth” and screaming. (Gizmodo/FlightAware)

I can’t wait for Bruce Schneier (a security expert who blogs at www.schneier.com) to share his thoughts about this incident! He is usually spot-on about these things, and so many elements of the JetBlue story were prophesied by him.

Three observations of my own:

  1. Is there something in the water?! The description of the captain’s actions remind me of Jason Russell’s breakdown in San Diego a few weeks ago.
  2. TSA, take notice: Clippers, cupcakes, and breast-milk carried on by passengers are not fearsome weapons for taking down a plane. The only ingredient you need for disaster is one crazed pilot in the cockpit.
  3. The JetBlue story is proof that, these days, crew and passengers know it’s their responsibility to act if there is danger. It’s no longer the 1980s or 1990s when people were expected to “cooperate” with hijackers/terrorists/crazies.

The TSA didn’t avert this potential crisis in the air … a levelheaded first officer, cooperative crew, and responsive passengers did.

Edited 4-5-12: He mentioned it in his blog today! Bruce Schneier’s brief comments about the incident: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2012/04/jetblue_captain.html

 

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