Watch An Engineer Repair A Jetstar Plane With Gaffer Tape

Ever stepped onto a plane and thought to yourself: "Wow, this is one fancy machine. I wonder what sort of smarts you need to keep one of these things going?". I have always wondered that myself, but it turns out all you need is a big roll of tape.

Here's a video one of our readers sent in that might make you think twice about ever getting in the air again. The good technician we see here appears to be fixing a window — something that I don't think is ever meant to be opened at altitude — with a roll of gaffer tape. Lovely.

Thanks Ruben for sending this one in!


    I don't think this proves anything wrong, given the window he is using to access the taped area. i would say this plane would not be flying any time soon. It could just be tape while the plane is waiting for proper repairs.

      Nothing seriously wrong with the aircraft i was on that flight to phuket from sydney and it was a leak in a moisture seal and when the aircraft is pressurized it doesnt need it so only really there for on the ground when its raining. what was unsafe was the engineer leaning out the window doing the work no harness or should have use a stand/ scissor lift

    This is retarded. It's highly possible that this plane was due for a service, or a leak was discovered on the ground and the guy is just temporarily putting tape on to stop any rain coming through.

    The guy who is narrating this is not really an expert on the situation. You don't drive a plane.

    There would be a catastrophic disaster if cabin lost pressure at 30k feet, ESPECIALLY in the cockpit. If a pilot sees his window taped on, he'll be the first to stop the plane from going up.

    Engineer or tradie?

    This guy in the video... What a comedian.... /s

      Complete wanker! duhh I wonder what the Civil Avaition Authority is going to think about this bideo

        they're going to realize that the wanker making the video is clueless and that the engineer is actually using aircraft grade tape designed specifically for this application.

    At a guess I'd say that he is quite possibly masking off the area in order to reapply sikaflex from the inside of the plane.

    I really doubt he is gaffer taping the window on.... why use gaffer when there is plenty of chewing gum that can do the same job! ;)

    It's not 'gaffer tape'. It's a special reinforced aluminium backed tape rated for aviation usage at high speeds.

    how else are they going to keep their prices so low.....

    That would be some aviation grade 3M aluminium tape that he is using to tape up the window. about $200 a roll for that gear.

    Whilst it is possible that it is a temp repair for on the ground only, I have used aluminium tape many times to conduct temporary repairs to aircraft that will fly with it on. I know the aircraft that I work on have it in the manual as an authorised repair. Generally it used to prevent water ingress into a composite structure where the surface protection has worn off or been damaged. He may be using it to protect some damage that has been found in the windscreen or surrounding structure from water ingress or ablative material that can be encountered in flight.

    It's pretty much standard practice to do this but you don't usually have 300 people critiquing you from a lounge when you do it.

    And now a few hundred more on TouTube.

      Thank you for posting that! I am entirely sick of the attitude that seems to be prevalent on Giz and LH at the moment where people become "armchair experts" and speculate wildly on things they know little to nothing about. "I'm not a climate scientist but...", "I'm no engineer but..."

      Perhaps at the very least a more balanced introduction to this article would be in order if this kind of youtube rubbish is to be posted.

      Also, "Ruben" why are you so incredibly rude and condescending to someone that you don't know, about something which you (judging by your commentary on the video) know absolutely nothing?

      What do you do for a living? I'd love to see a youtube video featuring you at work, with condescending, sarcastic commentary dripping shit all over your actions.

      Your video does nothing but make you look incredibly stupid. But I'm guessing that it's getting your FB "mates" all roused up with anger though, a la "Today Tonight".

    Nice one Luke. You really looked into this before posting......

    Having carried out this procedure many times myself, the engineer is actually just applying tape over some uncured aerodynamic sealant. The window itself is bolted in and is sealed by a flexible edge seal.

      Yeah that was my first impression too. The outer seal was probably just loose and so they taped it down to stop it disintegrating further. The guy taking the video is clueless.

    If it's Gorilla Tape then I trust that stuff with my life! Would hold up the entire plane to the hangar roof that stuff will...

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    Ummm the side of that plane is being re-painted I reckon this is protecting the window seals from either paint stripper, primer, or paint itself.

    Settle guys, there are things called aviation laws. One of the most regulated industries in the world.

      not being repainted at all..
      What you see that looks like a prepped surface is in fact fully painted up, glossy as all getup and you're just seeing the reflections in the paintwork.

    To be fair, gaffer tape is pretty amazing.

    Come on Luke...
    What the hell man? You trolling or what?

    And the quality of Gizmodo articles continues!

    Ever logged onto a tech blog and thought to yourself: “Wow, this is one fancy website. I wonder what sort of smarts you need to be a reporter on something like this?”. I have always wondered that myself, but it turns out all you need is people to send you youtube links.

    For all those who have not been involved in aviation maintenance, The tape used is very common in small running repairs for airliners; it is an approved method provided that it is used correctly. It is not expected to hold on the wings if the bolts that fasten them to the fuselage are broken or not present. I have been involved in aviation for 50 years.

    Also it might be worth noting that most cockpit windows are fitted from the inside of the plane. When they're in the air and pressurised, the higher pressure inside the plane pushes the windows outward adding to the seal. Is possible on the ground where pressure is equalised the seal might not be as great and require some external (temporary) taping.

    Hmmm... I see research in jurnolisim is a lost art these days. * moves Gizmodo bookmark from 'News' folder to 'Entertainment' folder *

    This is what happens when you tape a window and it comes off mid flight. I will just leave this here for all those people that are saying this is safe blah blah... It might never happen but you could be that 1 in 100000000 Aircraft to crash because of this Tape you never know... lucky in the link below that didnt happen and the aircraft turned back.

      Yeah you never know huh.. There's also that 1 in 100000000 chance you could be hit by a banana on the way to work today.

        1 in 100000000? Why does it happen to me every day then?

    This is a standard repair. Almost every plane you have ever flown on has been repaired with speed tape. I can guarantee if you have flown, you have been on a plane that has speed tape somewhere.

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