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Tales from practice | Fasten your seatbelts

The airline industry is obsessed with safety and training for obvious reasons, but maybe the legal profession should buckle up too, says Richard Barr

10 April 2013

"You're going too fast. Speed up. Mind that pedestrian. Stay in the lane. Put your foot down. That light is about to turn red."

I still remember being taught to drive by my father. It was an extremely tense experience, and not one to encourage bonding between father and son. In a short space of time he also taught me a number of bad driving habits that had to be undone by many extra lessons from a driving instructor. That was more years ago than I care to remember.

Last year I was sitting in the front row of seats in a huge A319 Easyjet Airbus. We were at Belfast airport and the doors had just closed. I was nervous, even though I am not a nervous flyer normally. At the same time I had a strange sense of anticipation - a combination of apprehension and excitement.

The plane trundled to the end of the runway and then with a whoosh we shot along the concrete and soared into the air. We soon cleared the Belfast clouds and in bright sunlight cruised ...

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