If the meltdown of the economic system can be stopped in time, some of us will leave the financial safe houses where we have run for cover and fly to Indonesia next year. There will probably beÂ visits to family in Sumatra, friends in Jakarta, places of leisure in Bali or Lombok and reconnaissance operations on Ambon. For instance. That means we have to plan quite a lot of transport.
We could do that by car or bus. But everybody knows that road traffic Indonesian style is quite adventurous. In other words extraordinary dangerous and rather uncomfortable- though the chances of colliding with a politician as intoxicated as the Austrian politician Haider was last week, before he crashed himself to death, are small in a predominantly Islamic country, I presume.
Maybe in some instances railways can provide the solution. Or sailing. We could take ferries. Not a bad idea. Though pretty slow and hazardous as well. They are in the habit to be overcrowded, capsizing and sinking. And not all of us are tremendous swimmers. So, after all, if we want from, say, Benkulu to, say, Yokyakarta, it probably leaves us no choice than to look for airlines. That is if you leave out swimming, cycling or walking.
Of course some facts about Indonesian airlines didn’t escape my attention, but when I read this I once more realized how much of a coward I am: “Indonesia, an archipelago nation which relies on air routes, has one of the world’s worst air safety records“.
So perhaps we should choose a different destination. But Russia is no option either. In that country planes keep falling from the air like leaves in the autumn. Neither is Africa, where boarding a plane is like playing Russian roulette. It turns out life is risky everywhere.
So I was very relieved when I noticed that the Indonesian Ministry of Transport suspended theÂ ‘Air Operator’s Certificates’ of four airlines. The authorities do their job and take out the unsafe ones. That’s reassuring. Or is it really? Because these four were in the bottom safety ranking which is used by the ministry. That leaves some doubt. I wonder what does that really mean? Is it like the “A” and “B” ranking of banks? So, did they only take out the “Z” rated airlines, but leave the X-rated ones in ( in spite of the anti pornography bill)?
Well, maybe it’s best if I stop worrying. There is no escape from fate. Let’s rely on our luck, do a quick prayer on occasion and keep our fingers crossed.