Tape On A Plane?!

People are naturally worried about aviation safety- we've all seen footage from the movies as well as from real life that shows smoking plane wreckages from which no-one escaped alive. Despite the reliable statistics which tell us that flying is, in fact, an extremely safe way to travel, a little innocent turbulence frequently has the power to frighten even the most hardy travellers amongst us. The idea then that there might actually be something wrong with the plane we're travelling on -or that it has been fixed in a haphazard way- will be enough to get most of us sweating, even on a short trip. So image passengers' reactions when they saw (and photographed) an airline mechanic seemingly fixing their plane with what looked like masking tape.
The incident occurred on an EasyJet plane. A perturbed passenger was alarmed to see what appeared to be an official attempting a "fix" on part of the engine with what looked like silver masking tape on their EasyJet flight. The low-cost British carrier, along with its European counterparts Ryanair, Flybe, Monarch, Germanwings, and Wizzair are all known for their cost-cutting measures, and in general passengers are happy to receive a pared-down service when they're taking a low cost cheap flight: after all, no frills travel means that more of us than ever before can now afford European breaks and weekends away.
But the idea that someone could be fixing the plane you're on with tape?! That takes the idea of a "low cost airline" to a whole new level. We've always been told that the cheaper airlines have excellent safety records, so what on earth was this all about?
After the pictures of the tape on the plane went viral, worried passengers were quick to get in touch with EasyJet to find out what on earth was going on. The company quickly responded on Twitter: the eyebrow-raising use of tape was just a routine part of "normal maintenance" with the aircraft that "does not risk anything." To be fair to EasyJet, we should add here that although the tape looked like a cheap masking tape from the DIY store, it was in fact innovative "speed tape" that was especially made to aviation standard. The latter is treated as a special tape, and it is also approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. So really, passengers should have nothing to worry about...but the impression of a patch-up or botch job still remains.
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