September 22, 2005

To bring safely down an aircraft with the front wheel locked crosswise after three hours circling to burn off fuel, to land an aircraft with the passengers on board watching their own story unfolding live on the televisions at their seats (along with Delta's Song and Frontier, JetBlue has offered at-seat television since 1999), to hold that aircraft firmly to a straight centreline runway braking despite sparks and sheer and a gouging out of pavement.

By the time it had come to a complete stop still within 15 centimetres of the centreline of that pavement, without a single passenger having been hurt, the passengers of Flight 292 had burst out into cheers and applause. Appreciate the pilot, definitely.

And, just maybe: finally discovering what it means to appreciate each new day of life.

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