Preparing for take-off

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-08-46-37Settling down for the flight to New York, Dalrymple watches an instructional film about procedures to be undertaken in the event of an emergency, such as crashing into the sea. He writes:

It was one of those airlines whose safety video made it seem as if it would be a positive pleasure to crash, a charming escapade in the middle of the Atlantic. The air hostess blew the whistle to attract attention more as if she were on a catwalk modelling a dress than as if she were about to be drowned: though I believe that death by exposure is quite swift and not unpleasant as deaths go.

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