It still beats sitting in a middle seat.

We're all about to travel this week, so it seems like a really good time to freak everyone out about flying. Redditor Skips_LegDay went online today to post this picture with a terrifying title/explanation:

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"So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane."

That's right, a bolt flew off of the propeller engine right at where his head would have been had the window's double panes not stopped it. I wonder if he saw any World War II-era Looney Tunes gremlins scurrying around the wing.


As much crap as plastic gets for filling the world with crap, plastic is pretty awesome.

The good news is that if YOU hear a POP, and by the time you realize it you're not plummeting through the air at terminal velocity, the safety glass has worked! Skips_LegDay hung around after the flight to talk to the pilot, who explained that it was one of 12 "spinner bolts" holding the engines together. Although people around him were nervous when they heard the sound, fortunately Skips_LegDay kept his head and quietly informed a flight attendant what had happened, who informed the pilot, who was like "it's cool." That being said, the pilot said they had never heard of that happening in 25 years of flying. The plane was a 20-year-old (middle-aged for a commercial plane) Dash 8.

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Sources: redditor Skips_LegDay