Having been criss-crossing continents during the past decade, I used to take air-travel experience for granted so much so that I would begin figuring ways to make myself comfortable in coach compartments while fellow-passengers would still be watching the stewardesses make the mandatory safety announcements.
Even for seasoned frequent travelers, a few incidents including the occasional high-turbulence stands out in memory. And if you are like me, the loss of a loved one while traveling by air will be permanently etched in mind.
Mind boggles at the nightmare that loved ones of the ill-fated Air-France flight are undergoing right now: not knowing what happened to the flight, whether (or where) it crashed and the final moments of the passengers.
All one can wish is Rest in Peace and strength to surviving families and friends.