While we’re not ones to question the magical power of duct tape, recent photos (that could cause several new cases of aerophobia) show a Kunming Airlines aircraft flying with one of its wings seemingly held together only with just that. The pictures, suspected by some to be doctored, have generated questions about flight safety and aircraft maintenance.
Aviation experts have tried to appease the understandable safety concerns by explaining that aluminum tape is often used for temporary aircraft fixes. A Kunming Airlines representative confirmed that while the pictures are of their Boeing 737-700 airplane, every safety precaution was taken and the aluminum tape was used according to directions in the maintenance handbook.
Despite all the experts giving aluminum tape their blessing, the public probably shouldn’t have found out about its existence through a tabloid-like exposé. Maybe this is one aviation device experts should have kept under wraps. Ignorance is bliss, after all.