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Would You Board a Plane With a Detachable Cabin?

A newly patented plane would include a detachable cabin that could parachute to safety in the event of a crash. What could possibly go wrong?

Flying is safe. We all know this. Yet despite constant reminders, it can take just one case of bad turbulence at 35,000 feet to unnerve us. And in the event of a plane crash, there’s not much you can do except buckle in, assume the position, and practice your breathing techniques. But what if a newly patented design for a detachable cabin could offer a safer alternative?

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Russian inventor Vladamir Nikolaevich has revealed his design for a passenger cabin equipped with parachutes that can be ejected from the rest of the aircraft. The idea is that in an event of an emergency, the passengers will be separated from the airplane and gently float to safety on the wings of a parachute.

The cabin is also equipped with rubber tubes that inflate to cushion the impact and serve as flotation devices in the event of a water landing. The video below illustrates how it works:

As cartoonish as the idea may seem, it might just be crazy enough to work. But there are a few things that give critics pause. First of all, having an airplane segmented into pieces will weaken the structure of the airplane and introduces new opportunities for things to malfunction.

Secondly, how much safer will you be if your parachute lands you and your cabin-mates into the side of a mountain or a building? Not to mention you’ll have to pay a hefty price to get a seat in one of these parachute-equipped cabins.

If you do survive, you’ll be glad to know that the cargo section will also be ejected from the plane and your luggage will be coming along for the ride.

The idea is still far from taking off, but what do you think? Is it too far-fetched or is it better than nothing?

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Jamie Ditaranto has always dreamed of skydiving, but even she’s not sure about this one. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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By Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a traveler in a love triangle with writing and photography. Follow the drama on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

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