Passenger Films Airplane Interior Coming Loose Before Flight
Photo via Youtube
For many people, flying is the scariest part of any business or leisure trip, but the journey was made even scarier for a passenger on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, Brazil, when a piece of the airplane’s interior window came apart.
According to Elle Griffiths of Mirror.com, Eduardo Caram was on a TAM Airlines flight last week when he attempted to attach his GoPro camera to the window in order to film the flight from his perspective.
When he tried to attach the camera to the Airbus A320, the entire interior trim surrounding the window and the plastic cover for the actual window pane came off in his hands. The plane was still on the runway at the time, and he notified a flight attendant immediately.
Upon notifying flight attendants about the broken piece of window trim, he was informed by the staff that it was not a major concern due to it just being cosmetic. The Sao Paulo-bound flight took off and landed without incident.
Caram shared the video of his ordeal on YouTube:
UPDATE 12:18 p.m. ET 05/27/2015: TAM Airlines has issued the following response to this incident:
“TAM Airlines reports that on flight JJ3511 (Rio de Janeiro / Galeao – São Paulo / Guarulhos), which took place on May 24, the acrylic lining of one of the aircraft’s window seats detached. This did not compromise the condition of the aircraft or the safety of the passengers on the flight, which landed normally at 12:55.
The company explains that the windows of the aircraft are composed of two layers: the outer layer, which is in contact with the aircraft’s body and consists of a thick acrylic, which is then securely bonded by several screws. The internal layer is made up of a thinner acrylic and serves as an aesthetic coating.
TAM explains that safety is an essential value within the company and that all decisions are intended to ensure all operations are safe.”
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