Duct tape is a wondrous product and a true DIY’ers go-to for any and all manner of projects. No creative tool box, craft table or art studio is complete without it. But imagine boarding an airplane, settling down in your window seat, and looking out onto the runway, only to find a man seemingly repairing the engine with a roll of the silvery gray sticky stuff. Upgrading furniture?
Years ago I was flying home from a trade show. I was seated near the wing with a perfect view of the engine cowling, and about an hour into our 3-hour flight I noticed oil spurting merrily from an aluminum panel.
As in, engine oil.
Spurting. Drooling along the engine in a river of brown fingers.
I called a flight attendant over and pointed it out to her.
Her reaction was classic. She went from “Oh you silly passengers and your ridiculous concerns” to OSHIT face in half a second.
She paused like that, staring at the spurting, drooling oil, turned to face me and in perfect deadpan said, “I think I’ll ask the flight crew about that!”
She disappeared, and moments later returned.
“They said it always does that,” she reported.
“So… we’ve nothing to worry about?” I asked.
“If it stops leaking oil THEN we worry!”
None of the passengers in my section thought that was funny, but I laughed.
Apparently speed tape is what duct tape only wishes it could be- amazing.