Dan Drezner ’90 has some “not-so-big thoughts” on yesterday’s dramatic landing on the Hudson.

As well, today’s New York Times headlines reported all 155 aboard were safely rescued.

I was just on the phone with a friend of mine, who happens to be flying out tomorrow (destination, Inauguration), and she told me that though she has a good luck ritual of paying close attention to the before take-off safety speech, she had always considered it unnecessary to heed the part about the life vests, when on a flight that didn’t involve flying over large bodies of water. Suffice to say, she has changed her mind about that.

Anyway, it really was an amazing landing right in the middle of the Hudson River. “Ditching” is what they called it. 

My question? Considering how common a hazard the “conflict between birds and planes” can be, can’t someone come up with a way to keep them out of the engines? Some type of screen, perhaps?

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