Son Joseph, 17, does have a tendency to introspection which explains why, 24 hours after we arrived in Italy after a trans-Atlantic flight on a United Boeing 767, I heard him repeat back to me something that the flight attendant told him as he squeezed the armrests and fought with his fear that our plane would crash on takeoff and kill us all.
"I blame the movies," the perceptive flight attendant said as he observed Joe's obvious terror. We were racing down the runway and into a sky mottled with clouds while through the clear bits shone brilliant pink streaks of evening sunlight. What is not to love?
We should also not underestimate the power of a mind-boggling selection of in-flight movies that kept my teenaged son highly distracted, good! And awake, not so much. So one can't discount the benefits of Hollywood magic either.
|Doug Scroggins on the movie set of Flight|
But the material does seem to skew to death and distruction or in the case of the TV program, Pan Am, the glamor-filled yesteryears of flying.
|Pan Am the TV show. Photo courtesy Sony.|
That is until recently when a clever catchy song Call me Maybe by the 26-year old Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen got the attention of the American Olympic Swim Team. In the astonishingly adorable lip-sync version swimmers are dancing in the aisle of an airliner and flying seems fun again.
I am lovin' this video but watching the flying swimmers just made me ready for more so how delighted was I when I saw the United States Marines airplane mechanics got into the act too?
Okay, Joe and I are off for gelato, but in the air or on the ground we leave these swimsuit-snapping, tool-tapping, summer special sound tracks for you to enjoy.