Citizens might start wearing cameras to get better service, “watch the watchers” and use their cameras to document some of the travel nightmares we all seem to get trapped in to at times. David makes tiny cameras that mount on helmets for sports and he recently used one on a never-ending awful flight – go cyborgs!
For nearly four hours last Thursday night, Flight 5637, a 50-seat regional jet, was stuck on the ground by bad weather at Kennedy International Airport. The air-conditioning wasn’t working, and no one seemed to have a clue about when the plane would take off…
What was unusual was that one passenger on the flight, David Ollila, runs a company that makes video cameras the size of a roll of quarters for mountain bikers, skiers and other amateur athletes to attach to their helmets and capture their thrills. And Mr. Ollila had one of those little cameras with him.
He marched up to the plane’s front, stood a few feet from the open cockpit door and interviewed the captain, demanding to know why something wasn’t being done to get the passengers off the plane.
He got a few replies on camera. Then the police arrived. The passengers all filed off. The flight was canceled. Mr. Ollila said he was questioned inside the airport by the Port Authority police and a Transportation Security Administration officer. After a background check, “they determined I was not a threat,” he said.
“People were crying; people were throwing up,” he said. “The air-conditioning was not working. It was just becoming a mess.”
No Takeoff, but 2 Visits by the Police – Link.