You may think this is weird for someone who is on a Delta jet often many times a month to “enjoy” watching television shows like “Air Disasters” that vividly depicts what has happened to dozens and dozens of aircraft over the years. The reason I really like this show is it actually makes me feel more safe flying.
Err – what?
How can seeing air crashes do that you ask? Simple! These kinds of programs are all about why air travel continues to be one of the safest forms of travel in the world because when a problem is discovered steps are taken to all but make sure this type of failure (whatever it is) never happens again. If it is a hardwired or technical issue that is addressed. If it is a people problem then policies change to avoid that issue from likely occurring again.
But most airlines choose not to show anything that has to do with an airplane and some kind of disaster even going as far as censoring out parts of a movie that talk about a crash.
Not just this but some moves are just not shown at all like “Sully” that I am ashamed to say I have still yet to see (because I tend to only watch movies on airplanes). Notice what the Economist said in part about this movie:
“Terrorism and plane crashes are still unlikely to be optioned, says Joe Leader of the Airline Passenger Experience Association, an airline-industry group, although Virgin Atlantic allowed “Sully” to be shown.” – Economist.com
I had no clue the Delta partner Virgin Atlantic choose to show Sully on its flights. Very interesting. Now I personally would have no issue with this movie or any movie showing an air disaster being shown onboard as watching this up in the air would not bother me as it does not bother me on the ground.
But what about other kinds of censorship since many times young folks are on-board. Personally I am offended by abusive and offensive language and prefer not to watch movies that include this. So when an airline chooses to “sanitize” any kind of movie even a PG one that may have a expletive or two (that does not need to be there) I am all for that and to me it just improves the viewing experience. This is especially important, to me, when you have an older jet with only overhead monitors so the airline is showing the movie / TV show to everyone on-board like it or not.
What do you think about this practice? Should an airline censor or not show any kind of movie that includes airline disasters or crashes. What about removing offensive language or scenes from a movie even on personal IFE? Let us know in the comments below! – René