Passengers saw landing drama unfold on TV: I bet no one ever thought about this when they were installing the system.
The airliner circled Southern California for hours, crippled by a faulty landing gear, while inside its cabin 140 passengers watched their own life-and-death drama unfolding on live television.
While satellite TV sets aboard JetBlue Flight 292 were tuned to news broadcasts, some passengers cried. Others tried to telephone relatives and one woman sent a text message to her mother in Florida attempting to comfort her in the event she died.
“It was very weird. It would’ve been so much calmer without” the televisions […]
Joe and I had some debate about how this should have been handled. Do you shut the TVs off? How would that have played out in the passenger cabin, I wonder?