Sole Survivor

Imagine you are in a terrible aviation crash. Thankfully, you survive, but no one else on board made it. It is a horrific scenario to picture, but it is reality for 14 sole survivors of large commercial aircraft disasters.

A new documentary, Sole Survivor, takes a look back at those who were the lone survivors of plane crashes. It focuses on George Lamson as he tries to connect with the other 13 sole survivors, including Bahia Bakari, Cecelia Cichan, and  Jim Polehinke. Most have never spoken publicly about their ordeal. One survivor, Cecelia Crocker, just recently broke her 26-year silence in this article.

It is easy to forget about airline safety. For me, it is beyond personal imagination that the plane I am on could go down violently, much less that I would be only survivor. I fly back and forth to different destinations nearly every week and I don’t think about planes going down but I do think about safety. That’s why after every flight I always thank the flight attendants, and the pilots if they are available. I am not thanking them for great service, though that may be part of it. Instead my thanks are to the flight crew for getting me to my destination safely. And if the men and women of tech ops were around, I would thank them as well for keeping the aircraft flight worthy.

Sole Survivor does not have a release date yet, but keep an eye on their site for screening near you. View the trailer here.

And don’t forget to take a moment after your next flight to thank the crew. I know sometimes flights can be miserable, what with cold coffee, non-working IFE, and cramped seats. But looking at this in perspective, the only reason you can complain about these things is because you survived.


  1. Kudos for your comment on thanking crew members. “Thanks for the service” and “thanks for the ride” takes just seconds to say but means the world to those hard working crews.

    Love your blog. I totally relate to you (woman, über global biz traveler, 50 something) great attitude about all the things that go wrong despite best creative efforts.

    Keep up the great work and travel safe. KKH

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