Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Experienced flyers think they know.

They think they've seen it all.

Yes, they've flown through lightning storms. They've experienced hard landings and wobbly takeoffs.

It's easy to get blasé. 

Perhaps that's why Carl McCaskill posted this video of a recent flight from Miami to Buenos Aires.

He is, I believe, an American Airlines purser who would like this video to act as a reminder to slightly overconfident passengers.

On Facebook, he accompanied it with a simple, important message: 

When the flight attendants tell you to fasten your seatbelt, please listen.... (MIA-EZE breakfast service)....... I've been on flights where the carts hit the ceiling and people had go to the hospital. Just a reminder to always use your seatbelt inflight... even when it's smooth air.

The video begins with the situation already troubling. 

There are shakes, rattles and rolls. The noise is that of metal garbage cans being constantly tossed into a crusher. (Disclosure: I'm a former garbage collector.)

It's certainly enough to make your breakfast feel like escaping. 

That's before you've even eaten it.

For here are breakfast carts swaying, swaying and then finally toppling.

As McCaskill explained: "When CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE strikes, flight attendants do not have time to stow carts, they must sit immediately so they aren't seriously injured or slammed against the ceiling themselves." (His capitals, not mine.)

It's a reminder that still gets ignored.

If you think you can't go flying and pierce the cabin roof with your head, here's evidence to the contrary.

If you think you can't end up injured, no, please don't think that.

There's a certain tension these days between Flight Attendants being there for customer service or safety.

Indeed, one Air Canada passenger claims he lost $10,000 after insisting to a Flight Attendant that she was at least partly there for customer service.

Yet when any member of the cabin crew reminds you to keep your seatbelt fastened during the flight, it's not (just) to keep you strapped in there and not clogging the aisles.

It's for your own safety, too.

They likely know what they're talking about. Because they've likely flown through worse than you.

Published on: Aug 8, 2018