Today is the last day I’m in New York. When I arrived last Sunday, I downloaded the Blade app and contemplated taking a helicopter to JFK because getting to and from NY airports is the worst thing about coming here. Somehow ‘capital of the world’ doesn’t have a Maglev-esque bullet train from any of the three airports.
For the decent price of $195 those that hate being stuck in traffic or stuck in the subway, can ‘get in the choppa’ and arrive at the airport in no time.
Tragically and some would say predictability, one of Blade’s helicopters crashed. No passengers were on board and nobody was seriously hurt. Still, the dramatic footage of the crash made me think twice, if not three times, about booking a flight.
Historically, helicopters in NY for sight-seeing do not have a great track record. There’s a famous photo of a pilot giving the finger before his helicopter ended up in the Hudson. Couple this with a tech company, Blade, running the operation and the questions of safety go viral.
Personally, I am skipping the helicopter this time around. If a proven safety record can be established and if the price goes down to $100 (which the CEO says is possible in the near future), I would certainly reconsider.
What say you?