Tuesday, April 27, 2010

European airspace timelapse, before and after the volcano

European airspace timelapse, before and after the volcano

This combined with the reports of what the people were doing really showcase the power of normalcy bias.

The most interesting thing to see was that Spain and Italy seemed to remain open. The lesson learned here is to figure out what is happening and do the obvious but not normal thing.

It might take a day or so to travel by car or better yet train to Rome but from there you could fly. It may even have been easier to travel the long way round to get home.

That happened to us once, we got stuck in Hong Kong and an Air Traffic controller strike or something in Japan make it impossible to fly back to San Francisco, so we went West instead and stopped to see the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Gisa. It was fun and we still got back home faster then waiting to go the "regular" way.

If a fire broke out in a supermarket, I'm 96+% of people would try to exit through the fronts doors. There might even be people trampled. But going through one of the well-marked emergency exit doors, you'd be alone.