After the incident, a spokesperson for the airline told CBS that "all 38 passengers and three crew members were deplaned from the aircraft and are now safely back in the terminal." There were reported injuries.
It was a fairly mellow skidding, as you can see by the video, but their fate was unknown throughout the experience and so inspired some exclamations of concern from passengers... Except for the woman, who waited until the end of the experience to drop the iconic line, "I think we landed!"
The unnamed woman is our light at the end of a dread tunnel. As Robin Williams once said, "comedy is acting out optimism," and optimism is certainly something you need when you come face to face with exactly what many terrified flyers fear the most -- a botched landing.
Now let's get pessimistic: American Airlines has been a little clumsy lately. In May, a flight attendant spilled a tray of drinks on the company CEO and, in October, they were forced to re-route a flight after a chemical smell knocked a crew member unconscious.
S'all good, though. As the woman said, it does look like they landed. May we channel her energy and have lower travel expectations going forward. At least it's getting cheaper.