I love the French word for liftoff décollage – literally to unglue the aircraft from the tarmac.
As though this whole matter of gravity had just been an issue of so much children’s glue stuck to the bottoms of our shoes all this time.
To land the recollage.
Ladies and gentlemen, patiently return your tray tables and seatbacks to their regular position while our captain carefully re-glues the aircraft to the ground.
As Douglas Adams once said, flying is simple, it’s just a matter of throwing yourself at the ground and missing.