|(Editor's Note: Barry Schiff, internationally recognized aviation author and pilot, is a firm believer in being prepared for any contingency. Here he shares one of his best survival tips.)|
One of the most undervalued components of an airline pilot's uniform is his tie. This is because the tie is one of the most critical elements of his survival kit.
The typical tie receives considerable spillage from the large number of lap meals consumed in the cockpit over the years. Because it is axiomatic that it shall always be turbulent when a crew meal is served, the amount of spillage absorbed by said tie can be substantial.
Rather than have the tie dry-cleaned, the shrewd airline pilot allows the soil spots to collect. The greater the amount of food absorbed by the tie, the greater its value. During a survival situation in the bush, the tie can be boiled in water. The resultant broth is bound to contain sufficient nutrients to assure survival for weeks. If boiling water is not available, the airline pilot can chew on the tie to obtain the same nutritional value.
Dry-clean a tie? God forbid. Matter of fact, when I retire from my airline, I plan to bequeath my tie to one of the junior pilots.
Safety is a Tough Sell
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