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It just occurred to me…

September 2, 2008

As I sat in the plane from Singapore over the long weekend, the question that came across my mind last month flashed again… why do they place 1st class passengers at the front of the plane and economy at the back?

I think I know. Its all about weight distribution. Planes are designed to be backside heavy so they don’t land nose-first. So the section with the bulk of the people get placed near the tail. Mystery solved. Any pilots or flight engineers out there care to confirm?

The only problem with that theory is why can’t they just shift the cargo to the back section and leave the people in front?

You’ve probably figured out that if you sit in economy you have a higher chance of surviving a crash than those folks in first class, provided its a “soft” landing of course. If your plane gets blown by a missile, then it doesn’t matter where you sit.

On another note, I was also thinking about my blog, this blog. Originally I had wanted to keep it to work- and business-related topics but I think I had drifted into the lifestyle territory which I know little of (local lifestyle I mean) and am most curious about. Truth be told, I know very few people outside of work here. I think there’s only 4 which hardly makes me an expert on the social scene. If you’ve grown up outside the country and run a business that leaves you flat out tired by dinnertime, you’d know what I mean. I dunno, I’m still mulling which one serves me better – a box of assorted cookies or just one kind of cookie, the familiar professional kind.

Just thinking out loud.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2008 9:20 am

    I think most people like assorted cookies, sort of like the population mix we’re in… used to it. My advice, write whatever you fancy. It’s more fun than limiting yourself or your space.

    About plane crash survival, there was an old story circulated about the late Lim Goh Tong of Genting. He was on a plane and there was some violent turbulence. His bodyguards were alarmed and crowded around him but he was cool. They asked him how come he wasn’t scared?

    He replied, “Takut apa? Mana boleh lari?” Yeah, indeed. Where can you run to?

  2. September 2, 2008 4:59 pm

    I would prefer assorted cookies of different colours.

  3. Damien permalink*
    September 2, 2008 9:30 pm

    Hi guys, yes I was thinking of assorted cookies too. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @LC, let me guess, them bodyguards were a lot younger than Mr. Lim. Maybe older people have had a lot more time to prepare to “check out” so they’re less panicky?

  4. angeles permalink
    September 3, 2008 1:03 am

    mmm… i can be your no. 5 friend out of work :mrgreen:

    hey, you are still very young… go socialise! πŸ˜›

    ps: i’m actually very impressed with your thoughts and your writing. (ok, please dont kembang, yeah.. haha..) i’m unable to comment at the other blog cos i dont hv an account, dont intend to hv one either πŸ˜›

  5. September 3, 2008 9:07 am

    Majority rules eh Damien? πŸ˜‰

  6. September 3, 2008 9:36 am

    on my first flight…it encountered turbulence (quite bad). i got no reference whatsoever to what a “bad” turbulence would be like….. that’s why i didn’t panic. hahaha. furthermore, like Uncle Lim said…where can u run? jump out?

    by the way, the safest places in the plane r the front and the end. coz normally if somehting bad happens (like crashing, bla bla bla), the wing part will get torn off.

  7. Damien permalink*
    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm

    @angeles, thanks for the compliments. I suppose if I stopped all the traveling, I would actually have enough time to socialize. God knows I need more friends anyway. πŸ™‚

    @dee, uhh… I think this blog is more therapeutic for me than my readers but I confess I’m surprised that anyone actually wants to read my junk, he he.

    @alvin, I wonder if Mr. Lim was in a commercial airline when it happened. Can’t he afford a private jet? Some ppl believe the safest seats are by the emergency exit. Trouble is, these exits tend to be sitting right on top of the most dangerous part – the fuel tank.

  8. September 4, 2008 11:06 am

    Some people can afford private jets, but they chose not to. High maintenance. And it’s a pretty expensive liability.

    And some people just prefer to be low-profile. Not everyone likes to spend their money on big boats, planes, etc. πŸ˜‰

  9. Damien permalink*
    September 4, 2008 1:59 pm

    Yeah, I’ve met millionaires who dress modestly and eat at hawker centers. I am more comfortable with them than the ones with 5 gold rings, Boss jacket and Bally shoes.

  10. September 4, 2008 8:40 pm

    And there are also rich ppl who inherit the money from their family…and damn sombong…wear super high class stuff and super duper arrogant. those r the ppl i dislike. hahaha. they won’t gain any respect fr me.

  11. Damien permalink*
    September 5, 2008 8:54 am

    I do have some friends like that in Sg and HK. I’ll tell you one thing. You and I are probably a lot happier inside than many of them, including perhaps Mr. Lim. πŸ™‚

  12. tinytapir permalink
    September 18, 2008 2:21 pm

    LGT did not ever have a private jet, so it would have been a commercial jet. Not sure if that story is true though…

    There is definitely less turbulence in the front of the plane vs. back – having sat in the very last row in the middle seat i think i can attest to that fact. LOL.

    You may be right. I was standing in the galley at the tail end once when all hell broke lose somewhere above the US midwest. – d

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