Welcome back, everyone. It is September, which means, back-to-school for most of you. It is also going to be a month with Friday the 13th in it, so if you are supersticious, brace yourselves. I will quickly go over some interesting things I found this week. I won’t take long though because I want to concentrate on a different topic.
In the GLBTQIA community, people in Native American studies want to decolonise our nations to make sure everyone is treated equally and with respect. There was a conference held at Portland State University, in Oregon that depicted some of these characteristics. Also, do men and women find alpha or beta attractive? Attraction is a very complicated thing because so many things occur within our heads, and much of it relies on vision. Remember, attraction is not about yourself (that’s identity), but about others. Gay couples tend to get along better and have less conflicts than straight couples. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/gay-marriage-same-but-different/?_r=0 For those of you not familiar with science, you may want to check out http://www.ilovebacteria.com/ and learn about the things that happen in our world. They try to write in as simple a manner as possible for the general reader, although you will find terms as well. The reason why words are becoming more provokitive is because our founders did not realise how much of a change in our language and culture would occur after our country was founded. Sure, they knew technology was going to change. That’s why we are flexible. But freedom of speech was based on another time and place. So as more minority and disability groups formed, they started to set rules for THEMSELVES only and not for others. Remember that just like the rest of society, they are diverse. So we might consider starting to find a balance so that we are in better harmony. REMEMBER, WE ARE NOT ROBOTS!
And with that, let’s get started. So I would like to start out by describing one of my most memorable events in which I experienced euphoria and Déjà vu. But first I am going to describe what I believe happens in the most common type of synaesthesia found in blind people, light and sound, touch and sound, smell and sound, sound and taste, musical keys and shapes, and much more that are unique.
As far as we know synaesthesia is either caused by genes, or an unusual chemical reaction, or both. If it was through a gene, the knowledge of being able to transceive something would be there, but you would need to learn how to use it to be able to express it. It is just like rolling your tongue. You have to learn how to do it before you know for sure you have that gene. Some people, like me have listened to music when we were still inside, but it all has run together. So whenever we look at the sky we automatically hear hums, drones, jingles, etc that fall in a cadence that resolves into an emotional key. Later when the person develops absolute pitch and learns how to label each note, they can recall those memories and start putting labels to the things they remembered hearing. I remember finding out based on a recent YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lnfVUmFSG8 in which the drones and the notes were exactly the same whenever I was out in the rain, looking up at the sky. This happened as early as I can remember, and when I came across it, I experienced that familiar feeling that I heard the drones before, and it reminds me of blue, now that I used the scientific mapping to find that out. So I think this is a tendency to pass through some subconscious memory. A person does not necessarily need to know all the music theory terms to make artistic music. Some people just do it and not realise it has an actual meaning.
If we teach our children how to label colours by pointing out that each frequency of light is a name that red is red, blue is blue, and so on. Who says this is so? Why can red not be green and blue be purple? Same thing with music. Who says A-440 is a? Why can it not be A-320 or A-415.3? The thing is that animals primarily use vision as their main source of information, including humans. What if we taught future children to establish a multisensory experience, like the colour-music notation? Currently children are being taught to name colours, name animal and vocal sounds, and some are being dragged into the arts of music. But what if we taught them the rainbow piano association to listen to all the different types of colours? It would not only be for blind people, but for normal people as well. They can learn how to walk in the dark, feel for objects, and much more. An inverse I noticed was that children tend to be afraid of certain noises and they would be afraid of seeing distorted shapes. Same thing with dark and silence. Some children are afraid of the silence because silence is a noise as well as darkness.
One thing I noticed that was quite interesting is how hearing works in all kinds of situations. I have two differing levels of hearin loss in each ear, so I use amplification devices that increases the sound intensity of things around me. What is more fascinating is how humans talk above loud noise. I discovered that I can hear people without the use of amplification because to them the background noise is so loud that they need to be overheard, but for me, the background noise is of no problem. So this makes it easy for me to hear the other fellow. Another thing blind people also tend to do is precisely record how tall or short something is. Like how to locate a light switch. I remember waiting for someone. I was sitting on a bench and the person left to get me something. After a few minutes I felt the ground give and I immediately put up my hands at the position I estimated the person’s hands were going to be. They asked me how I knew they were coming. Truth is, I used my tactile senses to detect changes in air flow and vibration. Plus the fact that I was expecting their return, I set my senses on high alert without realising I did so.
Whenever I imagine myself in windy weather conditions
with a light drizzle in the air. It is during the dusk and dawn hours when some or no light is present. I would like my future generation to experience what I went through. Maybe it will. Maybe because I wired my brain in such a way that I rewrote the genes that will be passed down to my descendants. I put together some pieces of art called “Meditative Brain Wave Entrainment Session” and “Experience Various Weather Conditions”. It shows my observation on the light and sound phenomenon. You see, sound and light have a lot in common, in terms of frequencies in wavelengths. This concept is very abstract that it can only be thought of in one’s mind. But if we take time away from the latest fashions, and start to really get yourself into it, you would be surprised that this process is referred to as meditation because it will sync your brain waves. Get all the thoughts that are unimportant out of your mind, and imagine nature. By imagining this way, it is a helpful sleep tool in my opinion.
My observation started to take into focus back in 2002. This sudden thought occurred to me that if I heard music, I could imagine some basic forms of light, such as darkness, semidarkness, and brightness. These three I could do by humming the music I really had in mind. Then as I explored into this idea further throughout my life, I realised it had a stupefying, hypnotic effect that would leave one transfixed for a while. My readers may agree or disagree with this idea, but either way, this is why I enjoy working with music. I considered looking into therapy because it does soothe the soul and body.
I ran into several conflicts with this observation. I did not want to reveal this idea to anybody because people would think I was being strange. On the contrary, it is a good thing I have this idea. It turned out that I was not alone, for one day I was reading a twitter post that had a similar opinion, and when I asked the poster about it, the latter replied that they were putting together the northern light phenomenon, an observation that is based on light-to-sound conversion. You have to picture the northern light, and then try to picture how sound would fit the seeing of the light in one’s head. Unfortunately, for people who have never seen light, it will be impossible to describe what light looks like. How do we know when we see light, if we never seen it? Same with sound. How do we know what sound actually sounds like? Sound is the only form that requires air, and is felt by the body’s senses. Smell, taste and vision have their own senses, and cannot be felt or heard. Smell does require some air, but smell is caused by aroma particles that float in space. However, you have to breathe the air in order to smell it, so I guess it does require it. These two last interact together. Sound and feel.
There is just so much that I believe. Life to me has purpose. If I waste my time on foolishness, then I would not have accomplished what I wanted to do on this planet. Some of you may have a different view on life, but to me, life goes on. Our universe will never stop existing, although the matter will reconstruct. Nature made ways to make cells into various shapes and substances to form creatures. How this happened we do not yet know, but it is certain that after this happened, we started to evolve into many characteristics. It is believed that humans will some day be immortal.
Enough lecture and enough on my philosophy. I would like to propose a new experiment in which a brain’s visual processing nerves are surgically moved into the auditory region to see if the signals from the visual cortex end up being interpreted by the auditory cortex.
Now, here is another memory about a plane experience I obtained fourteen years later. You see, the first time I was on a plane was when I was only two years old. As you will know, people hardly remember sounds and textures at such a young age. But since 1996, I have been fascinated about flying. I asked my mother about planes and she told me that I have been on one. Truth is, I could not remember it. So in the year 2009, I was so excited to go to a place in the United States via boeing aircraft that I could not wait.
How it all began: On Thursday, February 26th, 2009, I was filling out the application to the camp over in Maryland. I sent it in and received a call in April telling me that I was accepted. In June I got my itinerary in the mail, and I had it copied down so I would be able to check in at the airport. Do you realise that by going to Baltimore, my chances on going on a plane sky-rocketed? Think about it.
How often does one have a chance to take flight? Not that many, unless
one lived in wealth and luxury. However, thanks to this opportunity, I had the most memorable experience in my life. I would have had to wait a long time before I boarded a plane although my enthusiasm would have awaited beside me, ready to break free.
How I had to cope with the impatience was worst of all. I had to convince
myself to be patient and calm. I convinced myself that the whole trip was
cancelled, and that I would have to wait for another year. I had to cope
with this strategy more and more frequent as the date was soon to arrive. Sometimes people do it to delay their gratification. At the same time I was dealing with this, I had to remind myself that it would all happen. It is like one side of me convinces me that there won’t be any trip until next year, while the other side had to put up with things that reminded me that the trip was coming up, closer and closer. I actually felt more excited than nervous about flying.
Finally, two days before I was set tu depart, I underwent several hygienic procedures. There was one thing I forgot to do, and that was to boost my immunity. When I came back I was sick for two weeks.
Another thing I should mention was that my cousin was also going to the same place I was. The only problem was that he has been on a lot more planes than I have, so I was trying to get information from people like my mother and my cousin, who have been in more planes than me. They all gave me vague answers, again because they weren’t that good in putting things in words. My cousin was one of those who did not want to spoil surprises and you know how it is among relatives. They are tricky and we tend to compete. Truth is, no matter how descriptive you are, how can you really experience the vestibular, auditory, visual and tactile sensations?
I am going to go back in time to some bits and pieces of when I was little. This was when I felt I was dreaming, even though some of the things felt real. The first thing I remember was me riding in a truck. I heard Mexican music and I had a notion I was sitting on my dad’s lap. Now how I knew it was my dad and not my mum was very surprising. I just grew up with this vague feeling that it was him. The next thing I remember was me being carried, with my head forty-five degrees to the ground. I heard low hissing sounds and then I remember being seated and a table placed in front of me. I was now staring up at the ceiling and I saw a light that made me think of enchantment. From that point everything went black and silent. I did remember feeling like if a piece of wood was being placed underneath me and the two-x-twelve inch piece of wood was rising and falling and i heard harmonic drones. I remember them so clearly. They would sound like F4-F#4 and Bb2 all at once. I don’t remember anything after that. It was like time went by and I was back asleep. It is one of those mysteries of the brain. We don’t start being aware full-time until we are about three or four.
So, using all of these hidden and locked memories of the past, I was able to unlock each memory through different methods. I learned that I might have been able to see all the colours when I was little, but I never memorised themm. I once had a dream prior to the day I was to depart for Maryland. You know that when you are excited about something you have dreams about it? That is how it was for me. Except that this dream was different. In this dream I was at a school and I was being drawned to an elevator. I went in, found the button to tell the elevator to go. After a moment I felt the elevator rumble to life. I was expecting it to go up or down, but instead the thing moved to the left. It’s that feeling you get when you are riding in an electric locomotive. I could hear the air swish by as the elevator kicked up speed. Soon after a few seconds I felt it rise and I could no longer feel myself moving sideways. I was not rising straight towards the sky. After a few minutes, the elevator stopped rising and all I could feel and hear was the his of air and the rumble of the motor as the elevator was operating. I was wondering why it had stopped. I didn’t know that the elevator was moving, but because we were in air, which is smooth, and because humans can’t register super-fast movement, I was feeling as if I was hovering. This is what I related to my cousin a week before I departed, as I had the dream two weeks prior to that day. So I felt the elevator slowly go down, and then, because my plane experience was incomplete, the elevator simply started to move sideways again, without me feeling the jolt as the thing landed. It stopped and the doors opened. I was now at the airport in Maryland. The ride felt like it lasted ten minutes. So I believe that my brain must have conjured these hidden sensations and put them in my dream before I actually went on the plane. That is why I felt this familiar feeling when I took off for the first time in real life.
So, on the night I was set to depart, I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly. I packed last-minute things, went to bed early, and for the last few days I began to adapt to the new time zone so I would be ready. After I awoke and was headed up to the airport in a taxi, I remember glancing up at the sky at four or five in the morning. It was in late July of 2009, so dawn hasn’t broken yet. But at the same time I remember seeing that same light, the light of enchantment. Now that I learned how to see light again, I imagine it was golden. I knew inside I felt radiant because I was finally getting something I had always wanted. I had to deal with impatience not only from me, but from my family members who were hurridly trying to get us to the flight. I wish it wasn’t like that. Oh well. As soon as I went through security for the second time, for I have been through security a few months before that at a courthouse, I got to meet more students who were going, and then at that precise moment our flight was boarding. So I said my good-byes, went into the jetway, which I only heard about but wasn’t really expecting to find, and climbed into the jet. At that time I was not really expecting anything, so I just had the sky cap help me. When we were seated in first class, seat B5, I asked my cousin for last-minute instructions, but he didn’t say much, except for what needed to be told. I won’t go much into the details after what happened, but believe me, when I heard the engines turn on, felt the plane taxiing, and finally taking off were the most exciting moments in my life. I found the landing to be quite intense, since you can’t predict how hard the plane is going to hit the ground. After that first flight I began to experience subjective vertigo. It is that type of vection people call sea legs. Your vestibular senses undergoes unusual stimulations, and some of those still get stimulated, even in a stationary environment.
After I returned back from my trip and while I was recovering, I began to reflect over the last few weeks, going over the events and thinking about them. I learned right then and there that I was never given enough advanced notice to get ready for my first flight. I had to put up with a lot of stress in the end. What if I could somehow give first-timers an experience they would never forget, something that was so well-detailled and used a lot of imagery? An idea started forming in my plan. What if I could do such a thing. I would be able to describe things no one else or very few people would be able to describe. So, in mid-August I began to work on a documentation that entails the trip in the simplest manner one can understand. I began to make more updates as I started to fly more frequently, making more notes as i kept on researching. Eventually I ended up making lots of revisions until I came out with the final product, and I will let you all take a look at it.
The Airplane Documentation
By: Alfredo C. Garcia
Author’s Note: This is a manual I have been planning to write, just did not have many details. I chose to write this because I wanted other people like me to get an experience without having to wait for so long. I did not want to wait a lot. So when I got this experience, I thought I should help people out. I already know a few people who had never gone up but wan to.
When I received an offer to travel during the summer of 2009, I thought it was the most exciting event that has taken place in my life. I took this offer, and when I came back, I wrote this manual you will read. I waited for thirteen years to get a plane experience, ever since my last flight when I was two. I boarded numerous Boeing and other Jets.
Did you ever want to go on a plane, but could not because it is too expensive? Well, this will give you detailed information so you know what to do if you happen to fly one day. This includes how to go through security, finding your plane, and the flight itself.
At all U.S. airports there will be security check points to go through, and portable hallways that will lead you to your plane. One thing to
note, however, that if you have never been inside an airport, do not
assume all U. S airports are going to be outdoors.
At the airport, you will wait in line for whatever airline you are taking. Once you get to the front of the line, you will need to check in by showing your itinerary, your tickets you purchased from an agency, and an identification card. Suppose you just missed your flight? What would you do? Most
airlines provide a change fee, usually ranging from 25 dollars up to 100
dollars. Once you have checked in, you will need to get a boarding pass along with your baggage claim ticket. This tells you where the bags are going to be. You will need your check luggage to be placed on a scale. Then they will tell you what x-ray number you need to go. Go to that number and put your check luggage on the belt and you will not see it until you get to your destination.
At the security gate: Before you can go to the gate, you need to know the three-one-one rule. Three ounces of liquids, jells, or aerosol. One container and one bag per passenger. Other items banned from carryon baggage are allowed in check baggage. These include, but are not limited to, knives, weapons and ammunition wrapped in a cardboard container. Electronic devices such as video game consoles, laptops, and other large items will need to be separate. Do not place them on the bin. Put them out on the carry on belt. Small devices such as a PDA or a blackberry do not have to be removed from the bag.
In order to protect the comfort of passengers both physically and medically, TSA has modified its three-one-one policy. You can carry more than three ounces of liquids, jells, or aerosol if you have a medical disability or are travelling with an infant or toddler. You can carry up to two fuel lighters. These lighters produce a flame that is no bigger than a needle. Use these lighters to smoke for medical reasons. If you have questions, contact the transportation security administration at 1 -866-289-9673.
What to do next: You walk over to whatever airline security gate. There you will find a bin on a table or a small cart. Take the bin and put all of your possessions, such as belts, shoes, canes, etc. Return the bin onto the table and move or stay in line as if you are shopping for groceries. Once the line has moved and you arrive at the metallic tubular spinners, move your bin through those cylinders and a conveyor belt will take it. Your stuff will disappear into a small tunnel which goes through the gate you must enter. Make sure you give the guards your identification card and boarding or visitor’s pass before going through security. You will be required to pass through the metal detector. If you need assistance, someone will automatically help you. Otherwise, you will have to ask. Due to security updates, you will now have to stay at the metal detecter while a body scanner moves around you. If nothing happens, you go back to find the other end of the conveyor belt and collect your stuff. Otherwise, the alarm will go off and you will go back and a TSA officer (Transportation security administrative officer) will move a wand-like detector to find out what set off the alarm. Under such circumstances where one is wearing
bulky clothing, one may have to go through a procedure called a “pat
down”. This is when the officer pats lightly on the clothing for any
At the other side of the security gate, which could be considered the concourse, you will find a long aisle which contains gates and restaurants. Find the gate you will need to go. Sit and wait for an announcement that tells you what flight numbers have arrived and what gates they are calling. For example: “Flight 597 is on taxiway B22. Please make sure to show your boarding pass before entering the aircraft. Preboarders first. All preboarders must be travelling with children or have a disability.” This means that they are ensuring people to do the right steps.
The pre-boarding is first, which accommodates people in wheelchairs and other mobility devices, and people with children. They normally get first-class seating. Next comes the regular boarding call which accommodates everyone of all ages. Each boarding calls are different
on whatever airline you are taking. For example, let us say you were
taking Southwest airlines. They will announce a letter from A-C and a number
from 1-61. “Group A 1 through 31.” This is an example so you know how it
will sound like. If you want to know what your group number is, look at
your boarding pass.
You are welcome to preboard if you want to, only if you have a disability such as blindness. You will be in line most of the time to get into the eight-foot left to right portable hallway, which is formally known as a jetway, or jet bridge. When the guard asks for your boarding pass, make sure you give it to them. The hallway, if entered will slant downward and have a bit of uneven sections that you may have to cross. You might hear a small rumbling sound underneath the hallway. This is most likely the motor, which controls it. The reason it is called a portable hallway, is because it can be towed to different gates. These bridges can also move to fit the sise and height of the plane. Do not try to exit the gate if the hallway is not there! If you do, there will be a thirty-foot drop. If you are blind and want to feel your plane, move all the way to the right side of the hallway when you arrive at your plane. Be sure to use caution!
Once on the plane, and after walking about two steps forward, if you turn
ninety degrees to your right, you will find yourself with six columns of
seats and about fifty rows. Note that this number of row may vary on
airplane sise. you will find yourself with two large rows of seats. Each row has a set of three seats. One near the aisle, one in the middle, and one by the window. The way the seats are set up on most planes is as follows: Seat one is on the left of the plane, closest to the window. Seat to is the middle, and seat three is in the aisle. Seat four is the seat to the right of the plane, closest to the aisle. Seat five is the middle, and seat six is the closest to the window. Row A is the first row of seats at the very front of the cabbin. Economy coach and First Class are divided by a curtain. The difference is that first class has bigger seats and are softer. If you are sitting near the window, you may want to know what the window is like. It is completely square, although some planes are coming out with vertical oval-shape windows. Most windows are square, about six inches squared and has a window shade in case it is too cold and want to close it.
Under each seat is a rectangular container which contains one life vest. They are inside a pouch. The life vest is used to make water evacuations. When expected to do so, pull the strap of the container, open the container, remove the pouch, open the pouch and place the life vest over your head. Place the white strap around your waist, buckle them both tight. Once outside the craft, you will have to manually inflate the vest by pulling on the red tab found on the tubing on your shoulders. Your seat cushion can also be used for flotation.
Above every seat is a rectangular plastic door. Inside there are 4 oxygen masks. If ever the cabin depressurises, which is highly unlikely, the door will open and the masks will drop out. These masks have a long hose which connects to the supply tanks. Place the mask over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic strap behind your head and breathe as regularly as you can. To activate the oxygen, pull on the tubing till it is fully extended. Please note that you cannot move around the plane while wearing the mask. This is because the plane will be descending rapidly to get to a safer altitude. Also note that oxygen is still flowing even if the bag does not fill. Make sure to put your mask on first before helping others.
In front of you or behind your seat is a place holder where you will find magazines, information cards and newspapers.
Above that is a fold up table which you can use for eating. To take out the table, locate the small knob at the top of the table. Turn it left or right; it does not matter. The table will pop out and pull on it until it is completely out. If you want the table closer, pull back the table till it gets to where you want it to be. On some aircraft,
some tables will be on your arm rest. Locate a tab that juts out from one
side, and pull on this tab. The table will extend and you will need to
unfold it to your left. This is the case only if your table is on the
right arm rest.
There are overhead bins on each side of the plane. There are only two, one on the left and one on the right. Use these bins to place large briefcases and duffel bags. Otherwise, place them on the pocket in front of you where the information cards are. There is also a space underneath seat where bags can be stowed.
If you are sitting on the left side of the plane, on the arm rest to your left will be a small round button, and vice versa. If you press this button, it will make the back of your seat move so you can lean back. Note that when the plane is on the ground your seat needs to stay upright until you are up in the air. You can have your seat back during the
boarding process, but once the boarding door has closed, your seat needs
to be upright. This is because if most of the people had their seats
back, the weight would be towards the back of the plane, thus causing it
to lose equilibrium.
You can also move the arm rest. However, on some planes you may have to press a button under the arm rest to do this. On some aircraft,
there may be a headphone jack for direct listening to announcements and
other forms of self-amusement.
There is an air vent which you can control. To open the air vent, turn the small knob to the right and to close it turn it to the left. There is a call button and a reading light. The light is only used when the main lights are dimmed, which is done during dawn and dusk flight. The call button is a flat button, while the light button has a light bulb figure.
There are seatbelts, like in a car except you pull on a lever instead of push on the button to release your seatbelt.
There are two restrooms on board. One at the front and one at the rear. They are called lavatories. Both of them are unisex. To flush the toilet, press the square button to the side of you. There will be a small sink to wash your hands. They are very easy to use. Some planes may have two buttons to control temperature, others may have a knob to push. To drain the water, you need to hold the lever that opens the drain, which is located in front of the faucet. Once the water is out, let go of the lever. Closing and locking the door of the lavatory is easy. to open or close the door, use the small metal bar and push down or pull up. To lock or unlock, locate a round figure. You can slide this to the left or right. Note that you will find an ash tray. Do not get confused and thinking it is a lock. If you smoke, do not smoke on the aircraft lavatories. The pilots will tell you over the intercom that smoking is never allowed. Federal law prohibits anyone from smoking as this will burn up the oxygen and create a second hand smoke which is dangerous. It is also prohibited to tamper and mess with the smoke detectors onboard the lavatories.
They will tell you about the life vest, not smoking, the 4 oxygen masks, how to release the buckles for those who are not familiar, how to exit out of the emergency door and where to put your carry-on luggage. Prior to paxiing, takeoff and landing, they will tell you to remove jackets and to stoe small bags under your seat in front of you. All overhead bins will be closed by the three flight attendents. There are six emergency exits. Two at the front that are floor level, two in the middle that are overwing window exit, and two at the rear that is also floor level. Each of them has a slide which is about thirty feet long except for the two middle exits. Sitting at one of the exits have rules you must follow. You must be at least fifteen, must perform applicable functions without harming yourself, comprehend and understand instructions given by crew members, and must be able to see or hear graphics and yells and shoutted words. If these do not apply to you, you may not get a seat at one of these exits. Individuals with service animals are not allowed if disqualified.
When you first enter the plane, you may ask yourself, “is it on?” You might hear an airlike hissing sound. This is mostly the air conditioners and oxygen refilling machines, as well as other maintenance. Your plane may be off. The engines of the plane will be turned on most of the time when you board. When you get aboard the aircraft, the only way you can tell if the plane is on is by the sound of the engines, not the air conditioners. When a plane is turned on, you will hear a small noise that sounds like a motor whining. This will increase in pitch until it has reached the maximum pitch. On some planes, you can feel the vibration underneath your feet. the plane will then slowly crawl back on the tarmac taxiway, followed by another low whining and sliding up in pitch of the engines, and you will feel and hear this twice. This sound will not be as high as the first motor sound. The ground crew will be pushing the plane on the front and pulling it on the back to get it away from the gate. When the plane is on, it will start warming up by moving around the taxiway. It will turn to the left, but it can turn to the right which is unlikely unless they are in a hurry or in a different taxiway. The plane will go around the taxiway for about 4 laps, and then they will follow a path towards the set of runways. During this time the pilots will remind you to make sure seatbelts are securely fastened, seats and tray tables must be upright and locked, and all electronic devices need to be switched to the off position. The flight attendants will go through the cabin making sure the passengers do exactly as the pilots tell them to do. Once that is done, you will wait for some time until the pilot announces, “we are clear for departure. Double check seatbelts, devices, and backs of seats.” Flight attendants should also take their seats during this time. They will give you thirty seconds for last checking, then the sound of the engines will grow loud like howling wind and the plane will move forward slowly, then it will go faster until you feel as if you are in a car going fast. You will remain on the runway for about twenty seconds. When you are taking off the runway, it will tilt upwards, so you will feel as if you are going up on a slant. The force of the plane going fast on the runway causes objects to be drawn towards the back of the plane, hence why a slope is noticed. On the last five seconds, you will start to lose sensation of moving forward. Do not be worried by this. It is just the wind rushing under the wings causing it to barely touch the ground, which is also known as a glide. In other cases, the nose will be lifted off the ground, which means that only the back wheels are still on the ground. Finally, you will completely lose sensation of moving forward and you will feel as if you are in an elevator going up. This will feel as if you are pushing down on your seat while your seat is pushing on you. This feels as if you are dropping, and you may feel this weird sensation throughout your flight. This is called g-force, short for gravitational pull force. The reason
you only feel this on a plane is because it ascends much faster than an
elevator or other ride you have been on.
The plane takes off at a slant, so you will feel yourself tilting. You will hear the engines working at top speed. Sometimes whenever the plane runs into something during takeoff, the pilot will have to move down a bit for a while. Then they will resume takeoff once they have passed the danger zone.
The rest of the flight is not really important, only that the pilots tell you when you reach one thousand feet. This means that the plane starts to level, and the engines will decrease their speed. You can now lean your seat back and can release your seatbelt only if you are going to use the lavatory, otherwise, you have to wear it at all times. There are audible cues that sound like musical notes, one in B4, and another in D5. These cues just tell you when a sign has been turned on or off. Such signs are seatbelt signs, and no smoking sign.
The stewards will offer you food and drinks for about twenty minutes. You
might see the attendants pushing a small kart down the aisle. You may
also get beer and other cocktail upon request, and are available for
purchase. If you cannot see the application, have a fellow customer help
you fill it out. This application is crucial; otherwise you will not get
beer and cocktail.
Just for your information, it is a good idea to ask a flight attendant if
they have any copies on safety in braille. Some airlines, like Southwest
Airlines have access for the blind and visually impaired.
How to equalise the pressure: This is something you have to do, or you will not hear. Whenever the pressure changes, you need to equalise the pressure in your head. To do this, there are several ear-clearing maneuvers you can do. We will explain the most basic techniques to get the eustatian tubes cleared. Open your mouth as if you are going to yawn and breathe inward fast. If that does not work, pinch your nose and close your mouth and breathe outward. You will eventually hear two loud popping sounds and you can now hear well. If you like gum, this will help your ears as well.
Usually a jet goes at about thirty thousand feet or more to avoid birds and other craft. There are also a lot of jetstream winds up there, which helps save fuel.
You can also use your electronic devices after you reach one thousand feet. If you are going to use a cell phone, be sure it is in the game or airplane mode. Some planes have wireless fidelity, but you will have to pay extra to get such service.
If you want to know how fast you are going, that will be almost impossible. Did you know that when you are in the air, you cannot tell if you are changing speeds? It is due to the loss of movement when you leave the ground. The only movements you can feel are ups and downs, tilts, turns, and when a wind current shakes the plane. Whenever you feel a shake, it might feel as if you are moving forward slowly. This sensation is often felt on the ground when crossing bumps at a slow rate. Generally speaking, the body has senses which tells us when we move forward. Our canals provide us this sense, but because we are flying through smooth air and no rough spots, our brain cannot register this sensation only if the plane is shook by rough weather. We know we are moving forward in a car because the wheels are rolling over rough ground, but air is very smooth, and because we travel extremely fast, this cancels out the sensation, which makes us feel as if we were hovering.
For those of you who are very interested in flying but have never been on an airplane and want more of a detailed description such as the landing gear, or the rudders, ask the producer of this document.
The landing: When a plane lands, you need to repeat the same steps as you did at the takeoff. Electronic devices need to be off, seats and tray tables must be upright and locked, and seatbelts securely fastened. The plane will start descending at about one hundred miles from the landing strip (runway.) The landing takes about thirty minutes-the minute you descend and the minute the plane’s wheels hit the ground. You will regain sensation when you land. When you are landing, the runway will tilt downwards, so you will feel as if you are going down on a slant. You will go a lot faster when going down the runway. The pilots will tell you to remain seated until the aircraft comes to a complete stop. Once again, they will park in front of the terminal by moving around the taxiway. Wait until the pilot says “welcome to whatever destination you are at.” They may announce the weather, sky condition, altitude, and temperature. You can get up and exit the plane.
Find the portable hallway and enter the terminal. This time, the hallway will have an upward slant to it. Again, there might be uneven sections to cross. This may be difficult if you are in a wheelchair.
Once you get to your baggage claim area, locate your carousel. If your bag is not there, check the carts. The airport can send you your bag by mail, depending on whether you put an ID tag on it. We strongly recommend you do this. If you did not, your luggage will end up in the unclaimed luggage centre, and they will be donated or sold. You are now done, and will have a plane experience of your own. If you are going to go on another flight, follow these simple
You must know your next flight number; otherwise you can look at your
boarding pass or have someone help you look at the flight number. This
time, you do not need to go through security check again. Simply ask for
help to find your gate and have them take you there. Changing flights is
a bit scary because you are in a completely unfamiliar place. However,
if you are travelling with someone else or have vision, it will not be so
scary. Follow the same steps to get into your plane and enjoy your
What if you are going to a place that is shorter? Say you wanted to
go from one place and your destination is about four hours by car? That
is simple. To save time, you can take the smaller planes that are there
at the airport. These planes are not jets, and may have propellers on
Follow the same steps for airline check in, security, and finding a gate.
Now here is where it gets different. Instead of going directly to your
plane from the portable hallway, you must exit the portable hallway and
go out onto the taxiway. Find the plane and get in by climbing the
portable steps. You will find yourself in an aisle with seats on each
side. Instead of three seats, there will be two, and instead of fifty
rows, there will be about twelve, and a bench in the back. Follow the
instructions and you will be safe.
When a propeller plane is turned on, you will hear a motorcycle sound.
They start quicker than a Boeing jet. They will start to taxi to the
runway. The pilots will make sure seats are upright and locked, all
devices turned off, and so on by announcing it through the PA system.
When the pilot is ready to take off, the engine will increase in pitch
and you will start to move forward. You will not go as fast when you go
up the runway, but it will be rougher coming back. When the plane takes
off, you will feel yourself going up, but the g-force is not as strong,
and you may have some sensation of moving forward.
There might be lavatories, you may have to ask. Here are some advantages
of a propeller plane that a jet cannot do. If a plane loses power, all it
has to do is glide in the air and land wherever they want to.
The landing is a lot bumpier and makes a lot of people nervous. You
may think to yourself, “Oh, I hope this does not break apart!” When the
plane hits the runway, you will go a bit slower than the previous one.
You will tilt downward when you land, same as on the jet. Wait for the
pilot to stop at the taxiway, and they will start rolling the steps so
you can get out and go back to the airport.
Note that this is just in case you happen to fly on a smaller plane
instead of a jet. Once again, do what you need to do, change planes, or
go to your baggage claim.
We would like to warn you that for the first time, you may be left dizzy for sitting so long and moving up and down. This term is referred to as subjective vertigo. You will know you will be dizzy because you will feel as if the floor is sinking beneath your feet. You may feel the floor tilt, just as you hear in stories. This sensation can be triggered any time. Some are triggered because you are simulating a movement, or of very loud noise. These can last about a year. Do not worry about this, they will not interfere with your every day activities.
Other information that was not included in this document can be obtained by asking the producer. Sounds and simulations were recorded. Note that some of the sounds can be loud that it did not record properly.
We hope this will give you an idea so you will know exactly what to expect. Good luck!
I would like to thank my friends, relatives and my parents for all of the preliminary details. I compared the details from someone else’s point of view. I then boarded the planes that were mentioned earlier. I would like to give you a few tips. No matter how detailed someone can be in an attempt to describe something, they may not include the whole information. Hopefully this story does.
Another useful tip that I will write down is it is better to have the whole experience and understanding of it. Some people get it, others do not.
All information used in the story was collected by me, and not a web site. Thanks to everyone who helped me out!
And now, I will close this post with what you can expect for the things that I will cover next week. As a science person I am looking at how PETA deals with animals. I may cover a bit of cellular memory then. And again, I may have forgotten to add something long after I published this, and if so, I will add that in the beginning of each post.
Welcome back, everyone. It is September, which means, back-to-school for most of you. It is also going to be a month with Friday the 13th in it, so if you are supersticious, brace yourselves. I will quickly go over some interesting things I found this week. I won’t take long though because I want to concentrate on a different topic.