Are you afraid of flying? Perhaps in the near future, you won’t have a reason to be. If a Ukranian inventor has his way, planes of the future will all be able to eject the cabin – whether it’s in the process of take-off, is mid-flight, or is about to land – in the case of an emergency. The Independent reports that for three years, Tatrenko Vladimir, a Ukranian engineer, has been working on technology capable of safely detaching a cabin from an airplane. If something went wrong while in the air, the cabin would detach from the rest of the aircraft and drift safely to the ground with the aid of parachutes.
Vladimir’s design also includes storage space to hold luggage under the cabin, that way passengers wouldn’t lose any of their personal belongings. Reactions to the engineer’s innovation have been mixed. Some support the idea while others deem it impractical. Traber Schroeder commented: “This whole concept dramatically weakens the airframe because now you have joints and fittings to connect a fuselage and a body together where once you had a whole fuselage to reinforce the airframe.”
Others have questions, such as, what is the possibility of the detached cabin crashing against mountains or buildings before landing? Also, what would be the fate of the pilots? Of course, of the millions of flights each year, less than 500 people die worldwide a year from plane crashes. Therefore, the design might be cool, but it’s not likely to be very cost-effective.
It is intriguing, however, that according to a survey conducted by the inventor, 95% that partook would be willing to buy a more expensive ticket in order to use such a safety system. ( By Amanda Froelich from Trueactivist.com – Note: This article is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com )