Planes pretty much fly themselves at this point
This one is, understandably, one of the most frustrating myths for pilots. It's a misunderstanding about what autopilot and cockpit automation are actually capable of, and how pilots interact with those controls. Smith compares it to the technology in a surgeon’s operating room: while it makes certain tasks easier and safer, it does not come even remotely close to getting rid of the need for the surgeon. "A plane can no more fly itself than an operating room can perform an organ transplant." It's that simple. Ninety-nine percent of landings, and 100% of takeoffs, are still performed manually, with either the captain or first officer (co-pilot) physically at the controls.
One hole in the plane will suck everything (and everyone) out
Not quite -- thanks for nothing, Hollywood! It all depends on the size of the hole, what caused it, and the level of cabin pressurization (i.e., the plane's altitude) at the time, Smith says. An explosive decompression -- a fuselage rupture caused by a structural failure or a bomb -- could indeed "suck out" passengers. The good news is that the vast majority of decompressions are gradual and perfectly manageable. Now if you want to know the mystery behind those tiny holes in airplane windows, you'll want to read this.