From Ralph Hipp
From the headlines this week, we've all been keeping up with the Italian tragedy of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. You've heard and seen the stories that the captain abandoned the cruise ship. While claiming he fell into a lifeboat and sailed away to safety with some of his crew, 11 people drowned in the wreckage of the ship.. including a very talented musician from Hungary who worked on the ship. He, as did they all, trusted his life and his safety on the water to the cruise crew.
How about that British Airways flight where the crew accidentally played the "mayday" recorded message for passengers to prepare for a crash landing at sea? Oops, false alarm.. but the tape had already completed the dastardly task of scaring the hell out of the flight passengers in what they all agreed was "the worst experience of our lives."
Who is in control here? Can't we trust jet pilots and cruise ship captains to have the decency and the skills to protect us? Ralph