Last night was Aviation Geek Night at the Alaska Airlines training center in Seattle. A dozen folks who follow Alaska Airlines on Twitter (http://twitter.com/alaskaair) were invited to experience what it’s like to pilot a $30 million dollar aircraft and get some Flight Attendant safety training.
We didn’t get any face time with these guys:
But flight attendant instructors Megan, Claudia, and Clinton assured us that real flight attendants were well trained in how to defend themselves – and passengers – against bad guys.
We did get to practice putting out an on-board fire and learned how to open and set aside the 40 pound window exit.
Then we each had a chance to slide down the emergency chute.
All skills I’m glad I’ve practiced and, of course, hope I’ll never get to use.
At the end of the night, I did get a chance to sit in the captain’s seat of the flight simulator. Capt. Bill Morgan calmly and gently guided me and co-pilot Kenji_Onozawa through a landing at Reagan National Airport and Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport. Good thing Kenji was cool and capable. Because it turns out, I was too short to reach the brakes on the airplane and, once on the ground, I got nauseous guiding the plane to the gate.
Still, they let me graduate with a newly minted Certificate of Geekiness, which I will be carrying with me next time I fly.