The thing about capitalism is that entrepreneurs can and will monetize just about everything.
Including our paranoia. That’s the beauty of our system.
The Skymall catalog is my favorite part of flying, because I’m bound to find a WTF moment that distracts me from the fact that I might disappear over the Indian Ocean. Or land on some deserted island as part of a secret terrorist mission. My last flight did not disappoint, because I found THIS:
Let me introduce you to Skysafe
A backpack-sized device you can strap on to help you escape from a high-rise building in the event of a fire or other disaster.
No need to rappel — or jump off a building — simply lower yourself down the side of a high-rise tower safely.
Use it for up to 250 feet of descent!
I must confess: in the height of the Sept. 11 paranoia instigated by that horrible Dick Cheney I bought a gas mask. I did. Super expensive, it was. I also bought a good supply of duct tape. All of those preparations look pretty stupid today, but at the time, enterprising companies smart enough to capitalize on the country’s rampant paranoia raked it in.This time, though, I think I’ll pass. Even though I think this is a brilliant idea and there should be a supply on every floor of a high-rise building. But, here’s something: the Client Testimonials tab on their website has no entries. I wonder what that means.
So how about you? You buying one?