Before reading this article make sure that you have read and understood the clarification about the incorrect information regarding dangerous airports HERE!!!
Unfortunately Skiathos airport became very famous not for the beauty of the scenery of the aircraft flying low through and above you head, but due to the jetblast at finals runway 02.
St. Maarten is offering much more jetblast since the most powerful commercial jetliner in the world, Boeing 777, is operating regularly there. Also till the end of October 2016 Boeing 747 is operating regular flights to St. Maarten. But St. Maarten is famous for the low landings of jetliners and not for jetblast!
People those days are doing crazy, sometimes stupid, things in order to upload something on social media and increase their audience. The stupid part of this is that humans put their lives into danger for no particular reason.
From the other hand traditional media are no longer searching for information in order to transmit news. Instead they are using a much cheaper method, the copy/paste method, by transmitting anything that looks interesting or strange that is found in social networks. The combination of stupid people doing stupid things for some “likes”, and unreliable media, is transmitting extremely wrong information to the public.
This situation with the social media became the best ever advertisement for the island all around the world. This kind of advertisement through social media is million times stronger than any campaign the Greek state ever did.
However a lot of people still ignore the danger of jetblast. There is a number of people who stand behind the jetblast, knowing what to expect. But dangerous situations are rising up while people, who don’t know what will follow, and stay behind an airplane that is about to take-off, just because they see the others doing it, or because they want to try the challenge. The fact that so many people stay there while a jetliner is turning at the end of the runway before take-off, is also convincing unsuspectingly other people to stay behind.
This is the most dangerous part of the story.
We have noticed all these years parents with infants in their arms standing behind a Boeing 757 just before take-off. We have noticed tourists with expensive cars making sort stops just behind the aircraft, ignoring totally the damage that the jetblast can cause.
We highly recommend to all:
STAY AWAY FROM AIRCRAFT JETBLAST
WATCH THE PLANES WITH YOUR DRINK FROM A SAFE DISTANCE LEFT OR RIGHT OF THE RUNWAY EXTENSION
REMEMBER YOU ARE COMING HERE TO ENJOY YOUR VACATIONS
YOU ARE WELCOME TO ENJOY THE ARRIVING AIRCRAFT LANDING IN SKIATHOS BUT BE CAREFUL WITH DEPARTING AIRCRAFT!!!