While aboard a British Airways flight from Vienna back to London last Saturday, something new occurred to me. I have been on a plane for so many times but this was the first time that I have ‘noticed’ the numbers on the passenger information screen. I have seen them but never paid this kind of attention before. During this time, the plane was 36,000 feet above ground; flying at around 800km/hour and the temperature outside was –54o C! It was not until I ‘digested’ the meaning of these figures that I realised – in the absence of terrorists, flying is still very frightening.
Math (and its branches) are my favourite subjects aside from Science. My Dad is a great teacher and I am grateful to him. He always emphasises to us, his children, that knowledge is power. But in this situation, knowing brought anxiety.
The plane landed safely. I am back in London. The meeting in Vienna was exhausting and the number-related anxiety while on the plane was (actually) unnecessary.