Monday, October 26, 2009

What were the pilots really doing?

You may have heard tale of a Northwest Airlines flight that missed its destination airport by 150 miles. Today the news said the pilots were lost and using their laptops, presumably either for blogging and/or for Google Maps. That's what I'd be doing. Or checking to see if Amazon.com sold parachutes (albeit too late, and knowing me I'd cheap out and get a used one).

Laptops. Lost. That's what the pilots say, anyways. Clearly a not-so-clever ruse. I don't believe it for a second.

And I would bet the creative people reading this blog may be able to venture guesses as to what they were really doing that caused them to miss the airport...

If you have a theory, please share it with us in the comments.

23 comments:

Rick Daley said...

I bet they were applying for membership in the Mile-High Club.

3 Men and a Lady said...

I think they were reading my blog. My FEEDJIT thing picked up on a reader in Wisconsin that day. My blog is just SOOOO interesting that all other activities, such as flying jets, are forgotten.

;-)

Bane of Anubis said...

I'm guessing they were playing a heated game of Parcheesi.

L. T. Host said...

They were playing WoW. Yep. Their guild had a raid that they just couldn't miss.

/geek.

Laurel said...

I don't really want to know. But there must be a good cockpit joke in there somewhere.

wvs: messe. The punchline to the cockpit joke.

Jenna Alexander said...

A laptop!? They have a console the size of a VW bug and they pull out a laptop?!

They were playing Farmville on Facebook and the pigs had gotten out.

Crimey said...
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Crimey said...

This is quite disturbing but I believe they were playing Russian roulette.

Seriously tho, the plane should not be allowed to fly again until the truth comes out. This is too odd.

Rick Daley said...

They were reading THE LOST SYMBOL and couldn't put it down. Or TWILIGHT. Or HARRY POTTER. One of those.

Vodka Logic said...

Porn perhaps.. guess I'm not flying NW anymore

Scott said...

I think these Gents flew directly into a Worm Hole. The passengers were just lucky those pilots had the stones to get out!

WeaselMomma said...

Whatever they were doing (looking at porn & bitching about their jobs) they need to be fired and not take all of the other pilots down with them.

Rick Daley said...

Take the other pilots down with them is a fitting euphemism. In fact, taking anything down with them is fitting. Good thing they didn't do that.

Here's another theory:

They were never on the plane to begin with. They were hiding behind the couch at Balloon Boy's house, and this was just another hoax.

Donna Hole said...

I don't know about reading "The Lost Symbol" theory. I'm reading it and I can put it down. Problem is, I'm having trouble picking it up again. It's a borrowed book, I've had it over a week, and I'm only on page 47.

Maybe the pilots were having a cockfight in the cockpit and everyone was only halfcocked when their exit came up.

........dhole

Phillipia said...

I think they were testing the autopilot...it passed...by 150 miles...

lifeissweet16 said...

I have no theory, but I'm not feeling all that great about flying again anytime soon.

Rick Daley said...

Flying is not the issue, it's landing that behooves them.

Anita said...

Husband is a pilot and he thinks they were doing what they said they were doing...not that he excuses their total oblivion to everything else that was happening around them. Husband also says a lot of the "experts" he's seen interviewed on the subject (on CNN and other channels) have no idea what they're talking about regarding flying rules. Husband is a stickler for rules, so don't believe everything you hear.

Rick Daley said...

To be considered an expert on the news these days, only two things are required: an opinion and a voice. Bias is not required but strong bias in one direction is highly encouraged to make sure all objectivity is wiped away.

Things that are not required: accuracy, facts, common sense, the ability to listen to a reasoned argument, and courtesy.

This applies to all news channels. This is very unfortunate for those of us who value logic and reason. News has been devalued to the level of pulp entertainment.

Or is it just my over-developed sense of cynicism?

Anonymous said...

I think they were acting out a George Michael and Larry Craig tryst, or had a flight attendant in there too for triple the fun. Or they were sleeping. Nothing else adds up to this cynic.

Martha W said...

George Michael is gay? What!? *gasp*

Okay, really - I knew that but pilots not paying attention to their plane and where they're going just scares the bajeezus outta me and I have to use the distraction technique. Yikes.

Rick Daley said...

We're all overlooking how awesome autopilot technology is, that it kept them from crashing.

lifeissweet16 said...

"Flying is not the issue, it's landing that behooves them."

Good point. Good point.

Perhaps they were playing footsie and gazing longingly into each other's eyes.