Airline slammed for its liberal use of cellotape to fix planes

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Let’s cut to the chase. Cellotape, duct tape and gaffer tape can often be the answer for a quick fix for all manner of things – except airplanes.

Now, there are many cases of airlines using tape to fix planes, but it’s usually a heavy-duty aluminium bonding tape called ‘speed tape’ that can cost thousands of dollars per four-inch roll, not cellotape, which can cost as little as 50 cents a roll.

Wrapping presents with cellotape is one thing but using it to mend a plane window wouldn’t exactly instil confidence in the poor passenger who booked said window seat on a long-haul flight.

And yet that is the situation this fellow found himself in just last week.

Mr Sankaran sat down to find this on his Spicejet flight from Mumbai to Delhi – a cracked window repaired with cellotape.

When the Indian low-cost carrier saw his post, it replied by saying “safety is our utmost concern and at no point in time does the airline compromise on the same”.

“We shall surely convey this to the concerned head for necessary action. The inconvenience caused is regretted,” posted Spicejet.

It later explained how “The purpose of the inner pane is to protect the window from scratches”, “doesn’t carry structural pressurisation loads” and “that at no point in time was safety compromised”.

Spicejet also posted that the “inner flexi pane and was fixed the same day”.

But it seems that this was not an uncommon finding for Spicejet passengers, with a flurry of Facebook and Twitter posts confirming the carrier’s unhealthy affection for using tape and all manner of ‘Jerry-rigged’ techniques to fix it’s faulty plane parts.

Not just windows …

… but armrests too.

It even makes good (debatable) use of seatbelts to strap in dodgy trays.

To its credit, the airline uses gaffer tape for heavier duty applications.

What would you do if you saw this type of ‘fix’ on your flight?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    I have sen this but then I have also seen bits of the internal fuselage that should have been given the gaffer tape treatment and wasn’t!

  2. 0

    Don’t see any problem here. I’m surprised that they don’t have passengers riding on the wings, like the ride on tops of train carriages and hanging out of the doors.

  3. 0

    Our Aeroflot flight to Bulgaria a few years ago left a lot to be desired too!!

  4. 0

    Leon: if you fly with a third world carrier then I strongly suggest you forward pay your funeral costs.
    We made the mistake of flying Malaysian Airlines ONCE. Never again. Our decision was ratified only a couple of years after we left.
    The stories of third world airlines are horrific and no cheap flight is worth dying for. That comes around soon enough as it is.

  5. 0

    It may look bad and is scruffy looking but perfectly safe, the transparent inner panel is not load carrying it is their to protect the actual double pane window from the passengers attacks and miss use.

  6. 0

    Bathrooms in an aircraft? Must be First Class only!! Toilets and lavatories for the rest of us.



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