Passenger Left Stunned Watching Airline Worker Put Duct Tape on the Plane Wing
There are many individuals out there who fear traveling by flight and it's mostly because they are afraid of heights. If you are one of those people who detest air travel then this incident captured by a TikTok user will give you nightmares for sure.
If you get anxious before flying, you probably wouldn't want to witness someone tape the plane together just before takeoff. One traveler saw this when she peered out the window of a Spirit Airlines aircraft. The unusual maintenance job startled @myhoneysmacks, a TikTok user who was waiting for her flight to depart from Nashville International Airport. She had no choice but to sit inside the aircraft and document the incident.
She captioned the video as: "I am only flying Southwest now." She can be heard muttering, obviously a little traumatized by what she's seeing, "The reason why I don't fly with Spirit. I don't care if it is aviation airplane tape or anything, the fact that you have to tape the plane together and then you doing it while people are on the flight like we cannot see you." She continued filming the airline worker securing the tape and added, "That’s the reason why I will not fly with Spirit, now Southwest I’ll do, but Spirit, no sir." "After a while, they’re going to need a fresh new roll of tape, their tapes gonna lose all its stickiness, you flying all around the world and you got tape holding it together. Don’t even worry about it, I won’t be booking with you," she said at last.
In reality, it is just some speed tape, and taping the aircraft like that is pretty common practice among all flight companies – not just Spirit. According to LADbible, speed tape is an extremely durable type of aluminum tape that can withstand extreme environmental conditions and winds up to 600mph, and is regularly used for minor plane repairs. The fact that it resembles duct tape may be the reason why it scares some passengers on board when they see it getting applied to an airplane wing.
The TikTok user's 37-second-long video went viral on the platform and garnered over a million views and comments from concerned netizens. Some explained that it was a "speed tape which is put on the airplane to avoid the paint from getting chipped away," whereas some took a dig at the caption of the original poster's video and wondered "What will she do if she finds out that Southwest Airlines tapes their planes as well." "That's gorilla glue tape girly, [you're] safer than you were before it was fixed," joked another TikTok user.
The whole journey was seemingly safe for the TikTok user and she continued to post more videos after the Spirit Airlines fiasco. However, nobody can blame her; who would want to board a flight that needs to be patched up in front of their eyes?
Spirit fixing the plane with tape before the flight ✈️— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) April 26, 2023
🎥: @myhoneysmacks pic.twitter.com/49reDJWHe1