Unfortunately, we've had to crack down on touching the plane. Progressively, over the past few years, we've had permanent dents made to the fabric from parents putting their toddlers onto the wings (yes, on the wings, not the wingwalks) for happy family photos. We've watched in shock as a guy tapped his swiss army knife across the fuselage and tail (don't ask me why). And, most dangerous of all, we've had to sprint to the plane on several occasions when some idjit gets a wild hair and decides to start swinging the prop. While we're always careful to turn the mags off, there's still no guarantees with an old airplane.
So, as Brian and I vented one day, I decided that I needed to make it official. I brainstormed several ideas for "do not touch" signs to put on the airplane. While I've printed some off, I haven't used one yet. I really wish I don't have to, but if I see that 0.01% making a bee-line for my bird, the plane's going to get plastered with signs. Below are some of my thoughts for signs.
- It may be your sole purpose in life to simply serve as an example to others. Don't be the first person to touch this airplane.
- Touching an airplane never killed anyone, but why chance it?
- A clean airplane is a sign of hard work. Please don't touch.
- You want to touch my airplane? Can I touch your wife?
- Two rights don't make a wrong. They make an airplane. Please don't touch.
- Follow your dreams. Except the one where you're touching my airplane.
- Please don't touch me. I've just been washed.
- You touch it. You clean it.
- I'm covered with dead bugs and oil. Do you really want to touch me?
- When you own this airplane, you can touch it.
- Friends don't let friends touch other people's airplanes.