Man attempting to cross Atlantic in a chair carried by balloons. Makes sense.

Man attempting to cross Atlantic in a chair carried by balloons. Makes sense.

CultureSeptember 12, 2013

No one hates airport security or shitty plane food more than this guy. He's Jonathan Trappe, he's an IT manager, and he's not traveling across the Atlantic ocean by plane; that's for sissies. He's going via a chair with a bunch of balloons attached to it. Because, why not.

Assuming he doesn't die, he'll be the first person ever to attempt this type of crossing. "I'm just as afraid of dying as anyone," he said. "But I go forward in the spirit of adventure, doing something nobody has achieved before, and to live an interesting life." That's what people are doing to be "interesting" nowadays? Whatever happened to having a colorful Instagram or being able to twerk all cool?

Good ol' Jonathan is working with the same meteorologist who helped Felix Baumgartener navigate the weather during his infamous galactic skydive, so that mean's he's kind of safe, right? LOL, not even. Five people have died in previous attempts to cross the Atlantic in ballon-contraptions before.  "Weather is absolutely the most dangerous factor," said Trappe."But it's a double-edged sword. It's the only thing that will carry me across, but bad conditions could also ruin the attempt or endanger my life." If he so much as touches the water, it's unlikely he'll be able to lift off again, and will have to survive in his little floaty-boat thing in rough seas, alone, days from rescue. Check him out: