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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 2y

I can only speculate on why this topic has not been discussed on TP. Past events have almost always been brought up in one forum or another. Kelly, it is odd that no one has mentioned it until your post.

I agree with Rianda and Mike. Mike has a special way of stating his thoughts which I admire. As long as I am able to travel, I am not afraid to board an airplane. I just hope whatever happened was "quick and painless".

ps: Anyone who has read/heard the supposed Sarah Palin quote about the plane flying to close to heaven - it's from Twitchy.com which is (like The Onion) a satirical site.

12. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Recently I heard this being referred to as the equivalent to the 'JFK mystery' of the current day. I didn't experience that time myself – what do you think? Does the story hold the same level of public attention?

13. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 2y

Kellie,
The short answer is no. JFK was a sitting US President and his death changed world history. It is speculation, but many think the War in VN or 'The American War' as the Vietnamese call it, would not have played out as it did under LBJ. The War in VN radically changed the US in a few short years. The anti war movement, free love, hippy movement, student sit-ins, drug acceptance, Woodstock, etc. The baby boomers rebelled against almost everything their parents believed in. Without the catalyst of the VN War, the 60s would have been much different IMO.

Now we have the disappearance of MH 370. It is a fascinating case, but one plane going down did not alter anything. At least not yet. I saw several aviation experts advocate for transponders that cannot be switched off. Also 'black boxes' with longer battery life. I think it will be solved if and when the black boxes are recovered. It took several years, but the Air France 447 mystery was solved once they recovered the black boxes. Pilot error. Same thing here. MH 370 will be solved. It might take a few years, but it won't go down in history as a 'mystery'. It is a unusual case, but it did not alter world history and will not have the long lasting fascination that killing JFK has had. My 2 cents.

14. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Oh goodness, no, I don't think they were comparing the historical significance of the two events. My impression was that the comparison was being made with the general feeling at the time and by that I guessed conjecture and conspiracy theories.

15. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Personally, the loss of MH370 is probably more significant to me than the death of a foreign president.

The reason is that I have no real attachment to a foreign leader, either directly or indirectly - whereas with the loss of a plane there is an indirect attachment in that I get into them sometimes to get places. I don't particularly like flying, and any fear or concern I have is largely irrational however it is real to me - but the life of a foreign leader isn't.

16. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting vegasmike6

Now we have the disappearance of MH 370. It is a fascinating case, but one plane going down did not alter anything. At least not yet.

It's altered the lives of the family & friends of the 239 people on board.

17. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 2y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting vegasmike6

Now we have the disappearance of MH 370. It is a fascinating case, but one plane going down did not alter anything. At least not yet.

It's altered the lives of the family & friends of the 239 people on board.

Of course it did. As does every death worldwide. All of us older than 50 have lost family & friends. Painful for us, but does not register a blip on the world's radar. Those of us that watch the news regularly have seen the the images of grief expressed by surviving family members of MH 370. I am sorry for their loss, but how did it change my life? Do I now refuse to fly when visiting family & friends? No. Will I avoid Malaysia or refuse to fly Malaysian Airlines? No.

As I stated before, all of us that love to travel accept the risks inherent with travel. We know that the ride to the airport is much more dangerous that the flight to our destination. I get around Pattaya via motorbike. Off the chart more dangerous that the flight over to SEA. I accept that risk, many others choose not to. We all have a comfort level for risk. I admire the guys & gals that fly the squirrel suits when sky diving. I choose not to sky dive or rock climb. For others, that is their passion and will spend most of their time & money pursuing that passion. Each of us are directors of our lives. We choose where we live, who we have in our life, how we make our money, where we spend our time & money. What we don't know is how long we have on this planet. That is why my TP motto is: "go while you still can."

I now will step off my soapbox and let others chime in.

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