Have you ever been stuck in an airport unable to board and you have no idea why? I think anyone who travels at all has probably had this happen to them.
I have flown maybe five or six times in my whole life, and it has even happened to me.
No matter how many times I looked at that little notification board, the word delayed never went away. After about an hour of waiting, I finally asked the attendant if she knew what was wrong. I supposed my plane was late somewhere else, but then I actually saw the plane sitting outside the window! She said it was a mechanical issue and was being repaired. Well, that’s kind of scary, actually, as I was imagining landing gear that won’t work, gas tanks that leak, windows that suck people out, and all sorts of stuff like that. It never occurred to me that the mechanical problem would be air conditioning! Of course they have heating and cooling on planes, but I think most of us just take it for granted. I mean if the a/c breaks at home, it’s not the world’s worst tragedy, but on a plane, guess what? No HVAC makes the plane inoperable! Because planes go up in the air, it gets very cold. Without proper heating, the engines would freeze, ice would develop on important structures, and so on. In fact, HVAc on airplanes is actually quite complicated. They need heating to keep the plane itself operating, but they need air conditioning in the place where the people are so they don’t have heat exhaustion. Well, at least they need a/c where I am because I live in the south.