Earlier this week a Delta Airlines passenger took to Twitter, claiming that his somewhat weather-beaten aircraft posed a potential safety risk to him and his fellow passengers. However, after a swarm of responses to the tweet, the man realised that he might have actually uncovered a “right-wing conspiracy theory”…
When an aircraft’s been flying around the globe for a few years, it can understandably look a little worse for wear. If you had to cart three-hundred people at a time halfway around the world, you’d probably look a little rough yourself, right?
Earlier this year, a Qantas plane that had its wing covered in thermal tape went viral earlier this year for this very reason, with customers fearing for their safety despite this being a very common fixture on a well-seasoned aircraft…
This week, a Delta Airlines passenger took to Twitter with similar concerns about the state of his plane on an Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale flight, posting a video of the wing which – to the untrained eye – looked a little rusty, unloved, and overworked…
Btw @Delta I’m no mechanic, but this plane is 100% gonna fall out of the sky at one point.— Colin McIntosh by Sheets & Giggles (@ColinDMcIntosh) April 3, 2023
This was upon takeoff of my ATL->FLL flight yesterday, DL1582. Would def get this checked out and fixed. pic.twitter.com/N4uQcqb7QK
Colin McIntosh boldly claimed that “this plane is 100% gonna fall out of the sky at one point…”
Unsurprisingly, Twitter’s bustling aviation community were quick to jump in and correct McIntosh, pointing out that the aircraft was in perfectly good nick and – if anything – the parts that McIntosh was calling out are actually integral parts of the pane’s engineering.
Replies were quick to ask “what are you even pointing at?’ and said “the airplane looks in good shape”, but admitting that “it could do with a bit of a wash”:
The airplane looks in good shape. The aileron there was working to try to reduce turbulence. It could use a bit of a wash is the only thing I see.— Gregory Fenno (@gfenno) April 3, 2023
Is it the nature of the wings flexing or what made you nervous?
Realising his error, McIntosh was quick to laugh at himself, replying to his own tweet with the following update:
Update: I’m no mechanic but apparently I am indeed a drama king…@ColinDMcIntosh
In a further, and quite successful, effort to save face, McIntosh went on to flip the joke on those who had been quick to come down on him for his apparent lack of aviation expertise, calling out a “right-wing conspiracy”, a clever pun on his original post of the plane’s right-hand wing…
To those claiming I posted this just to get brand impressions for Sheets & Giggles, are you saying this is a…— Colin McIntosh by Sheets & Giggles (@ColinDMcIntosh) April 3, 2023
Right-wing conspiracy? ✈️👁️ pic.twitter.com/fjNU8CpuSc
The lesson here is a pretty straightforward one: commercial aircraft go through swathes of safety checks before being allowed to take off, so take a moment to think before you head online to claim otherwise and, if you do make a fool of yourself, be ready and willing to laugh at yourself for it.