Re: Taking advantage of commercial airline when in Emergency?
More than a few airline pilots are also amateur radio operators who enjoy chatting on HF SSB during a break in their duties on long flights. I recently chatted with one such fellow (KA1GJU) on his break! Look him up on QRZ dot com for an interesting bio of his setup.
Having a ham license and HF gear aboard enhances your communications options at sea and is yet another tool in your communications bag of tricks. It also makes a nice complementary hobby on long passages.