Caleigh Johnston believes that the next time she boards an airplane, she likely will want to know the kind of plan that it is – specifically if it is a Boeing 737 Max aircraft – two of which have plunged to earth within the past five months killing all aboard.
“Yeah, I would. If I’m putting the safety of my life into (the hands of) a big company,” said Johnston, a junior. “I would want to know they’re doing everything in their power to make sure my travel is safe.”
Recently, the 737 Max aircraft, a popular type of plane used by many airline companies, has experienced two fatal crashes. In the past five months, two planes have crashed which resulted in all passengers being killed. The aircraft has since been grounded pending an investigation.
Sophomore Michael Klatt agreed with Johnson.
Klatt said he would want to know “because my safety and the safety of other people is my number one concern. If I’m fearing for my life, there’s no way I can enjoy my experience. Flying is supposed to be a positive experience for most people and an excuse to get away from their problems and their stresses of everyday life.”
Many companies decided to ground the plane, while a few continued flight as normal. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump made an executive order for all 737 Max aircrafts to be grounded immediately. Many people are now concerned for their safety when flying, and it raises the question if the customers should be more involved when which aircraft they are flying in.
Charlotte Fullem also believes that extra precautions when flying are necessary.
“Of course I would want to know for my own safety if I’m getting on a flight,” said Fulem, a junior. “I would hope a big company like those would want to keep their customers safe.”
But not everyone is apprehensive about the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
“I think that if a plane is approved for a flight it should be safe enough to be in the air,” said senior Lauryn Lubecki who, along with her family, generally flies to a summer destination each year. “Companies are spending millions of dollars for these flights, and I believe they wouldn’t put up a faulty plane.”
Lubecki added, however, that her father Jim “would do the research himself and want to figure out which type of plane we’re boarding” out of an abundance of caution.