New Yorker Nicholas White was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours. How did it happen? How do elevators work? Are they safe? Why are so many people afraid of them? Across North America, elevators move 325 million passengers every day, most of the time without problems. But will the elevator-wary be comfortable handing over the reins to computers? Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are now getting a brainy makeover and reaching new heights. “Trapped in an Elevator” reveals the secrets of these ubiquitous machines and investigates personal stories of those who have been caught inside when they do fail.
This special was aired on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) back in November 2010. It is about an hour long but pretty interesting if you have some time. You can view it here. Let us know what you think.