Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two Ways of looking at Emergency Slides

This gem just arrived in the mail:

An Air France A380 emergency briefing card, and some airport haiku, from my awesome & inspiring architect cousin, Emily White!

One haiku reads:
Passenger parade
Mysterious upper deck
Who is sitting there?
In other news, a 787 Dreamliner made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport in Japan after an apparent electrical fire, and the slides were deployed:

To modify slightly the words of Jacques Derrida: the airliner is the site of a great affair, truly. For me, the airliner is a church in which secret rendez-vous are given. When I seen an airliner with emergency slides popped I tremble as if in a sacred place, full of refused, promised, threatening pleasures.