Top ideas for in-flight fun
By Elaine Yau
A Hong Kong student had the rare opportunity to offer suggestions to help a major international airline improve its in-flight services.
Jonathan Liu Chor-kiu, 11, attended a meeting of the British Airways Kids' Council in London earlier this month.
Jonathan is one of 12 council members who gave ideas to the airline on how to provide better facilities for its passengers.
Jonathan - the SAR's sole representative - met his counterparts from around the world at British Airways' headquarters near London's Heathrow Airport. The young members discussed what type of services they would like to have on an aircraft.
'We talked about a lot of things: food, in-flight entertainment and so on,' said Jonathan, a Primary Six student from Diocesan Boys' School (Primary Division).
'A member thought a webcam should be installed in the cockpit so the passengers know what's actually happening in the control room.'
Jonathan's ideas were well-received by his fellow-members and British Airways.
'I suggested that music videos be included, so that we have more entertainment options besides movies and other shows,' he said.
The children met one of the airline's top chefs who asked them about the food served by British Airways. 'I really like the fruit yogurt, chips and veggie sticks. I told the chef I would love to see more of those served,' Jonathan said.
Besides the meetings, the itinerary included sightseeing tours around the capital.
'We went to the Natural History Museum, Hard Rock Cafe and London Eye. The museum is a treasure trove of knowledge. I liked the museum so much that I visited it twice during the trip,' Jonathan said.
Among the many programmes arranged by the airline, Jonathan found the visit to a mock-up aircraft cabin the most exciting. 'Every kid had a chance to control a flight simulator for 15 minutes under the guidance of a pilot,' he said.
'I loved being in the cockpit. After my bumpy trial landing at Heathrow, I know piloting a plane is a difficult job which demands expert skills, extensive experience and intense concentration.'