Guy blogs emergency landing, gets criticized

By Deane Barker on December 29, 2005

Blogger’s aircraft emergency account draws praise, scorn: This guy blogged an emergency landing of an aircraft he was in, complete with pictures from his camera phone. Some people are upset.

He was accused of endangering those aboard by turning on this camera phone — a charge Hermanns refutes by saying he activated his device’s “plane safe” feature that turns off the cellular phone functions that might interfere with a jet’s electronics.

Another anonymous post charged Hermanns with “lieing (sic) about the smell of gas burning.”

A third called him “a big cry-baby trying to make a big deal out of an emergency descent and precautionary landing.”

He was charged with trying to profit from his experience.

His blog is here. He outed some guy from the airline who was leaving critical comments:

In the meantime, it’s time to play a fun little game — it’s called “Guess Whose IP Address These Nasty Comments Originated From” (I’ll give you a hint — it rhymes with Mawaska Bearlines).

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Comments

  1. I’m a furloughed airline pilot and the author of Salon.com’s ASK THE PILOT column. My book of the same name was published last year.

    Anyway, I took issue with several things in Jeremy Hermanns’ account of the Alaska Airlines inflight depressurization, and published a somewhat lengthy dissection of the event in his blog yesterday.

    He twice deleted the entire post.

    I thought my comments were instructive and helpful, and I certainly have no association with the carrier involved. Yet for some reason you chose to censor them. It’s interesting, because you had no problem leaving up the many rude and offensive comments, but apparently deleted mine because — I can only assume — they didn’t fully jive with his contentions. And we wonder why people scoff at the notion of personal blogs as journalism.

    I’ll be writing a column about the Alaska depressurization next Friday on Salon.com.

    Best regards, Patrick Smith

    http://www.askthepilot.com

  2. Patrick – I don’t recall Jeremy asserting anywhere on his blog that he’s a “journalist”. He has the right to remove or edit anything he wants – just because you wrote it doesn’t make it any more worthy or interesting than anyone else’s opinions.

    The media hyping all bloggers as “wanna-be journalists” doesn’t mean squat. Most bloggers don’t have a clue about journalism and don’t want one either.

  3. It’s interesting, because you had no problem leaving up the many rude and offensive comments, but apparently deleted mine because — I can only assume — they didn’t fully jive with his contentions.

    You’re getting a little confused there, Patrick. Be aware that we are not Jeremy. When you say “you,” you’re referring to him, not us.

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