In my younger years, I thought that seat belts on airplanes were the most pointless things on this planet. I thought that somebody somewhere is getting rich off sealing massive amounts of a product that will never in actuality be used. Why listen to that boring flight attendant’s speech every flight?
My main argument was that an airplane seat belt was not going to do me any good in a crash. Free-falling thousands of feet extremely rapidly into the traditionally solid earth cannot be contained by a simple seat belt. I mean, come on. There are not any “fender benders” that happen 20,000 feet up in the air without any major consequences.
Let me be the first to say that I was wrong and I am now a fan of the airplane seat belt. Where I still believe that a violent, sudden crash will cause my immediate death with or without my seat belt on (this article disagrees with me), I now believe that there is definitely reason to buckle up.
On my flight last Friday from DFW airport to the Denver airport, the plane suddenly jolted after hitting unexpected turbulence. Now I am not talking about normal turbulence; I am talking LOST Oceanic flight 815 turbulence. I have been on many flights but I have never had the plane jolt and shake as suddenly and as forcefully as it did. It was one of those moments where there were a couple of screams, everybody was fully awake and attentive after that, a few babies and young kids crying, and a plane full of people breathing a collective sigh of relief. I was glad that I had my seat belt on in that moment.
When the flight attendant came by to see if we were ok, the man sitting beside me asked her if she had another pair of shorts for him.
Lesson learned = wear your seat belt on an airplane.