Jet aircraft have a range of up to 15,000km, enabling Airlines to operate non-stop flights lasting up to 17 hours cruising at 800 kilometers per hour, 40,000 feet above sea level.
The ability to connect distant continents and cities within hours makes aircraft a medium for transportation of vectors that transmit Chikungunya, Dengue, Filariasis, Malaria, Zika and Yellow fever to name but a few. As a preventive measure, aircraft must be disinsected to avoid spread of disease.
In order to ensure safety and comfort for extended periods in a confined environment at high speed and altitude, the aircraft cabin must be air-conditioned and pressurized.
How does disinsection, air-conditioning, pressurization and altitude affect passengers and crew?
Aviation regulations require that pre-flight safety briefings and demonstrations be conducted to explain interalia; conditions for use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs).
What are PEDs?
Any piece of lightweight electrically-powered equipment is a PED. This includes toys, cellular phones, e-readers, tablets, laptops, voice recorders, camcorders, MP-3 players, watches, shavers, hearing aids, pace makers and blood glucose meters.
Since time immemorial, human beings have wanted to fly so bad that they have spent a lot of time and resources towards this quest.
Whether in an aircraft or not, the quest to conquer the skies is both bewildering and sometimes outright insane.
Take wing-suit flying for instance, where a flyer is dressed up in a body fitting suit with webbed wings between the arms and legs and dives off an aircraft, raised platform or cliff.
The aim here — ridiculous as it sounds — is to glide through the air like birds do.
It doesn’t get dumber than this, but if you fancy going out with a bang, this is your ultimate ticket to Valhalla.