Flying can be nerve-wracking. Between turbulence, milelong lines for security and nasty, dried up sandwiches for $15, it takes loads of patience and lots of prayer to survive the experience.
Now imagine your window falling out of its frame midflight.
Nope. We'll drive next time!
However, that's exactly what one passenger witnessed on a recent low-cost airline flight over Chile. He posted footage to Reddit on Thursday of him poking the flimsy frame with the rather nonchalant caption, "Should I be concerned or...?"
It turns out he had no need to be concerned, according to Pilot Patrick Smith, who runs askthepilot.com.
"It’s just a superficial liner that helps protect the actual window. I admit that it looks embarrassing and unprofessional, but there’s no safety risk," Smith told The Daily Mail.
"This is definitely not a safety concern, it is simply a piece of loose cabin trim," added Dai Whittingham, chief executive of the UK Flight Safety Committee. "The internal window is there to protect the main glass from scratches and it cuts down some of the internal noise as well as providing an element of thermal insulation."
Phew! Crisis averted.