Think Progress, That George Soros Place – should change it’s name to “Think Backwards”, and Annie-Rose Strasser should shut up unless she has a physics degree.
“On Monday, Mitt Romney offered a remedy to the problem that caused his wife’s airplane to land prematurely last week: Allow passengers to roll down the airplane windows.
Ann Romney’s plane was grounded Friday after the main cabin filled with smoke. The small electrical fire caused no injuries, but apparently did cause the Presidential candidate to forget the dangers of altitude.
“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly,” he told the LA Times. “And you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”
Air crafts do not open windows because the cabins are pressurized to fly safely at an altitude of tens of thousand feet. Opening a window in an airplane would seriously sicken the passengers and crew.”
Of course the assclown that wrote this hasn’t a clue what they’re talking about. You would be able to open a window on a commercial aircraft once it reached a ceiling of less than 10,000 feet. Actually pressurization isn’t mandatory at 10,000 feet, it’s on for comfort of passengers. I’ve flown many a military flight at that height without pressurization. So if an aircraft ran into that problem the flight could descend and open the window to allow the smoke to dissipate. Theoretically this is a very doable fix to an issue that happens quite a bit. That’s called progress, but Think Progress – that George Soros Place – isn’t interested in that at all.
Update: Allah Pundit:
Two: He’s being misunderstood. Obviously you can’t open the windows at high altitudes, but suffocating to death from smoke inhalation due to a fire in the cabin seems “sub-optimal” too. But what if … the windows could be opened at low altitudes? The pilot could bring the plane down to a few thousand feet (a la skydivers) to reduce the pressure differential and then a few windows could be opened to flush out the smoke and save the passengers’ lives. Could that be what Mitt Romney, Harvard grad, tycoon, and frequent air traveler, meant? Or is he already secretly planning to build the world’s first jumbo jet with a convertible top, so that you can pop the lid and feel the breeze in your hair at 35,000 feet? I hope someone in the media gets to the bottom of this quick, because there are a lot of bloggers out there tonight who seem genuinely unsure.
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