Government License #5406

What If All the Passengers on a Plane Jumped at Once?

Do you get a little nervous before a flight? If you do, you’re not alone. Between 33% and 40% of people feel some form of anxiety when they board a plane. While a giant metal object, flying through the air stuffed with people and cargo sure sounds precarious, planes are actually pretty steady. Not convinced? Let’s do an experiment. Here we have a Boeing 777. It’s a full flight. And we’re going to make all 500 passengers jump at once. How much force would that exert? What is natural frequency? Why are sandbags used on a plane?

Transcript and sources:

Get our 100 best episodes in one mind-blowing book:

Join this channel to get access to perks:

Watch more what-if scenarios:
Planet Earth:
The Cosmos:
Your Body:

T-shirts and merch:
Suggest an episode:
Feedback and inquiries:

What If elsewhere:
What If in Spanish:
What If in Mandarin:

What If is a mini-documentary web series that takes you on an epic journey through hypothetical worlds and possibilities. Join us on an imaginary adventure through time, space and chance while we (hopefully) boil down complex subjects in a fun and entertaining way.

Produced with love by Underknown in Toronto:

#WhatIf #Boeing777 #NaturalFrequency #Sandbag #FullFlight

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published.