This is truly the definition of a mundane and pointless thread, but I feel the need to vent my frustration over a recurring assumption I read again and again:
In particularly with regards to MH370: “Why didn’t the passengers use their cell phones to call for help? The passengers would have called for help. They didn’t, therefore your theory is wrong. Passengers would have noticed as soon as something went wrong and called for help. Passengers would have used their cell phones…Passengers would have used their cell phones…Passengers would have used their cell phones…”
First off, MH370 was a night flight. Most passengers can’t tell where the airplane is geographically located, and don’t care. Many would be sleeping.
Secondly, passengers DON’T just grab for their cell phones and call for help as soon as something is awry - and that’s assuming they knew or cared enough to know that anything was awry. If the airplane makes a turn westward off course, are passengers going to reach for their cell phones? If passengers called for help every time an airplane made a 20-degree banking turn, there’d be thousands of calls for help every day.
Rant over. This isn’t even worth a BBQ Pitting, but it’s just frustrating.