Malaysia Airlines flight 370’s disappearance has left much of the world asking questions about the legitimacy of the Malaysian government as well as, for many Americans at least, the safety and security of airplanes today.

 

Information released from investigators has created some conspiracy theories concerning the fate of the passengers on the plane. One prominent theory is that the plane was hijacked by the pilots or someone with advanced knowledge of the Boeing 777’s Flight Management System — the computer system that keeps the plane on track to its destination. Another theory poses the sad, grim possibility that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, giving credibility to debris found by satellites in the ocean that are thought to be linked to the MH370.

 

Despite the evidence against the pilots, however, the question that comes to mind is not “why would they do such a thing?” but first and foremost: how is it even physically possible to lose a commercial plane in thin air?

 

We have gone to great lengths to include a flight data recorder — more commonly referred to as a “black box” — in airplanes, to record sounds and pressure that investigators utilize to inspect crashes, yet we have not had the initiative to discover a way to place a tracking device on them. A tracking device on an aircraft might be what is needed to save an airline the embarrassment, the time, and the lives of 239 passengers.

 

We have the ability to track 317 million domestic strangers through their phones and tablets, yet we have a plane that has been missing for over two weeks now.  The sheer irony of it all illustrates that we have our priorities out of order, and that does nothing for the nerves of frequent or potential flyers.  People are frightened; as seen with a Virginia native, Tracy Clements, who stated, “It makes [her] afraid to have [her] son fly to his Naval cadet retreat … I may end up driving him there, so I don’t worry.”

 

Many people drive in lieu of flying; however, the fear of getting on a flight is evident when Clements reveals that the drive is from Comer, Ga. to Pensacola, Fla. — a nine hour ride. The amount of time it would take to fly from Atlanta to Pensacola, Fla., according to TravelMath, is approximately one hour and four minutes.

 

What do you think about the missing plane and its passengers? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @DeShonna_Aliyah.