Missing Airliner - When that Dream Vacation becomes a Nightmare

I have been following with rapt interest, the story of the missing Malaysian airliner, MH370. As a citizen of the world, a girl whose passport is her life, and for whom getting on a plane for a long haul flight at least once a year is a must, this story is particularly disturbing.

CNN Breaking News at 3.30amET, March 15, 2014

Even after September 11, I think many of us take air travel for granted. We plan these amazing vacations, get totally excited about the trip and all that will come with it, or we take those routine trips for work, or weekend getaways, and we just never blink an eye in worry. I can honestly say, I am so at home on a plane that I seldom think of anything bad happening while at high altitude. Admittedly, I do pray before each flight, particularly during takeoff and landing, and ask God to steer the plane safely to my destination - but once locked in to my seat, I take a nap, watch a movie, gape and become totally oblivious to any danger. Now following this story, I will confess, I am now petrified. Never one to refuse a trip off the island, I am now a bit gun-shy.

Where is MH370?
Photo credit: Boston.com
With officials not knowing just what happened with this plane, the situation is even more disturbing. Did it crash? Was it hijacked? How does a plane just disappear? I think what makes it scarier is the fact that we all believe that we are being tracked and monitored while in the air. I mean, if the plane catches fire, not sure what the people on the ground can really do, but there is a certain comfort knowing that people know where you are and what is happening. Now, do we really have that comfort? The speculation, with the theories changing every 5 seconds is a bit alarming. Now it seems as though the plane was deliberately disabled by someone. The pilot? A passenger? Whatever or whomever is responsible, a huge plane is just missing. A plane does not just disappear! But apparently it can!

One moment, you are laughing at a movie scene
and the next, you go missing?
My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the 239 souls on board. Simply not knowing what happened to the husband you kissed goodbye or the sister, brother or friend you are waiting for at the destination airport has to be the worst possible scenario. It is a sobering reminder that nothing is to be taken for granted. It is easy to think "This won't happen to me", but it can. It can definitely happen to any of us. Anytime. Driving to work may be routine, but it just takes one moment to change your life forever. I am fully aware of the risk at least twice a day once on the killing field that is our highway. Taking that trip of a lifetime has to fall in the same bucket as we now are so sadly reminded. And of course with each event like this, we will see stricter checks pre-travel and at the airport. What's next?

The entire thing is just bizarre, scary and extremely sad, especially for those families. I simply cannot fathom how my family would feel, or how I would feel for that matter, if someone I loved never made it to their destination.

 I read an article today on CNN (I check in fanatically on this story) and the ending really affected me.

The father of a passenger on the missing plane is hoping for an outcome that would sound shocking under normal circumstances. "I hope the plane was hijacked, because then, at least, there is hope," Li from Hebei Province said. He did not give his full name.  Li is waiting at a Beijing hotel with dozens of other passengers' family members awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones.  "But if the worst happened then I will have no meaning in my life. This is my only son," Li said. As he walked away, he bent his head and cried.

God bless them.

12 comments:

  1. This is such a thought-provoking post. Traveling (by plane) is such a routine part of life for my husband and I- I think in the past 6 months I've made 7 cross-Atlantic flights, and have another one coming up this week. My husband doesn't like to talk about the risks associated with flying- such as this- especially because he had several close friends on the Russian hockey team plane that went down. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Be safe this week. I just cannot wrap my mind around this. It has really forced me to think of the risks we seldom think of. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I to travel the world, and do not give it much thought. The unknown I think is the hardest, there is no closure....

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    1. Definitely. Closure is healing. These families deserve to know what happened to their loved ones.

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    2. I hope that they receive news soon....

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  3. This is quite a heartbreaking tale! I've flown on Malaysia Airlines and through the KL airport more times than I can count, so this story has hit very close to home. Very strange, but even more so, very tragic.

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    1. A piece of me still holds out hope but as each day passes, it seems more unlikely anyone is still alive. Tragic indeed.

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  4. I am truly at a loss on this one. I can't believe nobody used their cell phones to call their loved ones to say a last goodbye. It just vanishes and no one can find it. Something just doesn't set well with me on this one. I feel so sorry for the families who are waiting. They need closer on this. It's tragic. Stopping in from SITS

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  5. Am fanatically checking for news too. Sits really uneasily with me... Really hope they find the plane soon.

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  6. The incident is very disturbing. I don't care about the theory or controversy, gossip and speculation about the lost aircraft. As a fellow Malaysian, I just hope the aircraft will be found and they all return safe to their love ones. Visiting from SITS.

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  7. I haven't been able to stop watching the coverage either. It's so strange and sad. I can't imagine what the families are going through.

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  8. I can't wrap my head around this story either. It's just unfathomable to think that a plane in this day and age can just disappear off a map. How?

    I can't even begin to imagine what these poor families are going through. And :*( that last quote really got me, too.

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