One of the really, really bad ideas that has taken toxic root in Woke World, which includes the Biden administration, is that penalties and punishments are mean, and that the consequences of deliberate wrongdoing should be minimal even when the miscreant isn’t “of color.”
This will not, as they say, turn out well.
Last November, Trevor Jacob, a former Olympic snowboarder turned Youtube entrepreneur, crashed his small propeller airplane into the mountains of California’s Los Padres National Forest after the propeller stopped spinning. The exact moment when his plane’s propeller seized was caught on camera, as was his jump out of the airplane with a parachute. He used a selfie stick to film his descent. Three weeks later, Jacob posted a YouTube video titled “I Crashed My Plane.” It got over 2 million views. The video features Jacob narrating his brave trek out of the forest and his eventual rescue. “I’m just so happy to be alive!” Jacob exclaims at one point.
A Federal Aviation Administration probe concluded that Jacob crashed the plane as a stunt, presumably to get profitable YouTube hits. The FAA determined that the amateur pilot bailed out without even attempting to restart the engine once the propeller stopped, nor did he call the airport to notify controllers of his problem. Investigators concluded that Jacob could have attempted to glide the plane to one of several areas where he could have landed it safely. The FAA also noted that Jacob had attached multiple cameras to the exterior of the plane before takeoff.
“On November 24, 2021, you demonstrated a lack of care, judgment, and responsibility by choosing to jump out of an aircraft solely so you could record the footage of the crash,” the FAA told Jacob in a letter.
And his punishment for this dangerous hoax? He received a one year suspension of his license. One year.
In a YouTube video posted last week, Jacob was far from contrite, saying, “I didn’t think that just posting a video of an adventure gone south would ruffle so many feathers.” Then he videoed himself mailing in his pilot’s license, wearing a shirt reading “ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PARACHUTE.”
Ah! So he’s not just an asshole, but an unapologetic asshole. By all means, show him mercy, FAA!
Planning an intentional plane crash, lying about it, and seeking to profit from the scam demands a permanent ban from the skies. However, personal responsibility is out of fashion in the Great Stupid.
Have you noticed?