Here’s why TikTokers are texting the men in their lives to find out if they could land a plane in an emergency situation

Women on TikTok are having a great time asking the men in their lives this viral airplane question.

The question came from Twitter user Bennett (@imagineaguy), who tweeted in 2022 that he believed all men think they could safely land a plane in an emergency situation if air traffic control gave them directions. His tweet received over 55,000 likes as people all across social media weighed in on his theory.

In January 2023, YouGov released the results to a survey in which they asked that same question. According to their study, 32% of Americans believe they can complete this task. When broken down by gender, 46% of men had confidence they could do it — as opposed to only 20% of women.

Nearly six months later, and TikTokers are still debating whether they could land a plane if need be.

There are now several videos on TikTok of women asking men this question with responses as simple as “yeah” and “easily.”

Sarah (@tumbleweed29) posted a video of her asking the men in her life the question, and received varying levels of confidence.

She asked her brother and several of her friends and saw that a majority of them believed they’d be able to accomplish the mission. Her viewers also decided to chime in and give Sarah their confident opinions.

“You got some humble guys cuz me and my crew are all 100% sure we could land it and would have a cool speech ready too,” replied @balorbone.

“I have been saying for years that not only could anyone land a plane but also fly it with a 30 min concise youtube video,” replied @wesbert.

While many people have laughed at those who’ve answered with confidence, there was an interesting perspective that ruled in their favor. At the end of the video, she asked her father — an actual airline pilot if he thought regular people would be able to land a plane safely.

“Yes, they could be instructed on how to set up the computer and connect it to the autopilot,” he wrote to Sarah over text. “The plane can land itself.”

After learning that planes could do the hard work, people couldn’t help to laugh even more at the premise of the question — which is still the talk of TikTok.

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