One day at a busy
airport, the passengers
on a commercial airliner are seated waiting for the
pilot to show
up so they can get under way.
The pilot and copilot finally
appear in the rear of the plane and begin
walking up to the cockpit
through the center aisle. Both appear to be
blind; the pilot is using a
white cane, bumping into passengers right
and left as he stumbles
down the aisle. The copilot is using a guide dog.
Both have their
eyes covered with sunglasses.
At first, the passengers do not
react thinking that it must be some
sort of practical joke. After a few
minutes though, the engines start
revving, and the airplane begins
moving down the runway.
The passengers look at each other with
some uneasiness. They start
whispering among themselves and look
desperately to the stewardesses for
Yet, the plane
starts accelerating rapidly, and people begin panicking.
me passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to
the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more
When the plane has less than twenty feet of runway
left, there is a
sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone
screams at once. At
the very last moment, the plane lifts off and
Up in the cockpit, the copilot breathes a sigh of
relief and tells the
pilot: "You know, one of these days the
passengers aren't going to
scream, and we aren't going to know when to