top of page

Staying Vigilant for Personal Safety

Lessons from Recent Aviation Incidents

Lessons from recent aviation incidents: staying vigilant for personal safety
Lessons from recent aviation incidents: staying vigilant for personal safety

First, it was a door plug.

The Washington Post highlights the story of the door plug that blew out of an Alaska Airlines flight over Portland, Ore., on Friday, January 5th, 2024 found in a schoolteacher’s backyard, amid investigations into the explosive depressurization accident that triggered an emergency landing and resulted in extensive damage to the inside of the Boeing 737-9 Max airplane.

Now, it's a fallen wheel.

Recently, the New York Post highlighted a story on Saturday, January 23rd, 2024, about the Delta Boeing 757 airplane losing its front tire moments before takeoff in Atlanta, Georgia, before heading to Columbia, SC: "Sounds like we got a problem."

Hmm. Houston, we have a problem.

In a world where the pace of life often feels relentless, it's easy to become ensnared by the comforting illusion of routine and predictability. Yet, amid the rhythm of our daily lives, we must never forget that lurking in the shadows of our ordinary existence are unexpected dangers and uncertainties, waiting for the opportune moment to disrupt our equilibrium. 

Staying vigilant for our safety isn't merely a cautious endeavor; it's a profound act of self-preservation, a commitment to navigate the labyrinth of existence with our eyes wide open and our instincts finely tuned. It is a declaration that in the face of life's unpredictable twists and turns, we choose awareness over complacency, pro-activity over reactivity, and empower

Why don't you call Triple-A?

Amidst the recent aviation incident at Hartsfield Airport, where a Delta Boeing 757 lost its front tire just moments before takeoff, we are reminded of the paramount importance of vigilance and awareness, transcending the realm of air travel and permeating into our daily existence. The specter of calamity looms, ready to strike at any given instant. Still, those who maintain unwavering vigilance often possess the key to evading the perils concealed within unforeseen circumstances.

The Delta flight incident is a stark reminder of the imperative need to proactively address potential issues. It mirrors the aviation industry's experience, where maintenance problems can precipitate hazardous situations. Much like the meticulous attention demanded in aviation, our everyday lives present unanticipated challenges, necessitating acute observation and nimble decision-making to navigate successfully.

Calling triple-A is akin to calling law enforcement during an emergency; in both cases, you may have to wait for help to arrive. Regardless, you are on your own out there.

Staying vigilant for personal safety.

First, it was a door plug. Now, it's a fallen wheel.

The airline industry is struggling with maintenance issues and inadequate maintenance procedures. It serves is a stark reminder that complacency in any field, whether in aviation or our personal lives, can lead to dire consequences. By being alert and addressing issues promptly, we can often prevent disasters from occurring.

Further emphasizing the need for vigilance, the story of Tyrus, a Fox News Contributor who witnessed a four-hour tire change due to incompetence and a lack of expertise, is a cautionary tale. It's a stark reminder that knowledge and preparedness matter greatly.

Tyrus, the 2022 NWA World's Heavy Weight Champion
Tyrus, the 2022 NWA World's Heavy Weight Champion

A quick Tyrus story.

Tyrus is sitting outside the gate window, watching a group of men trying to figure out how to change the plane's tire. "Perhaps you do this, and perhaps you do that?" Tyrus summarized. He went on to say, "We are never getting the tire changed".

According to Tyrus, on the Gutfeld Show - on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, "It only took 4 hours to change the tire and I watched it." He realized that the folks huddled around the airplane attempting to change the tire had another problem. "Who has the jack?" the airline workers could not find the jack to change the tire. Seeing the size of the airplane jack, Tyrus rhetorically asked himself.

"You lost that?"

Transparency and accountability.

Transparency and accountability play a vital role in personal safety, just as passengers should be aware of flight safety procedures. We, as individuals, should be informed about safety measures in our daily lives.

Whether the airline industry deals with a flat tire on an airplane or you have to handle everyday challenges, having the necessary knowledge, skills, and willingness to do better is essential to avoid unnecessary delays, complications, and issues. Knowing how to respond to emergencies, understanding the locations of emergency exits, and being prepared for unexpected situations can significantly affect our safety.

Call to action.

Join the Dragun Defense movement today and take control of your safety. Empower yourself with knowledge, training, and the tools you need to protect yourself and your loved ones. Together, let's build a community of vigilant individuals who refuse to be victims and stand ready to face any challenge life may throw our way.

Visit our website, attend our workshops, and become a part of a network dedicated to personal security. It's time to embrace your power, enhance your preparedness, and prioritize safety. Join Dragun Defense and safeguard your future today.


The recent aviation incidents remind us of the importance of staying vigilant and proactive in personal safety. Whether on a flight or in our daily routines, awareness, and preparedness are our best defenses against calamity. By refusing to be lackadaisical in our approach to safety, we can confidently navigate life's challenges and reduce the risks that may arise unexpectedly. Stay vigilant, stay safe.

Thanks for flying.


First, it was a door plug.

Now, it's a fallen wheel.

Thank you for flying.


bottom of page