A tip for travellers: If you are going to take a flight across a large body of water, i.e. to North or America or Austraia / New Zealand, be sure to take a plane with more than 2 engines. Actually given the age of MD-11's, DC-10's, Boeing 727's and Lockheed Tristars, make that a plane with 4 engines, which for all practical purposes means a Boeing 747, Airbus 340 or 380 (we can forget the RJ/Avro).
Here's a French joke: Two Belgians were flying home to Brussels from Rio de Janeiro via Paris (because Sabena went bust and the rail connection to BXL from CDG is fantastic). Shortly after taking off there is a big explosion and the pilot announces that one of the engines has gone and the flight will take 20 minutes longer. Not long afterwards the pilot announces that a second engine has failed and the flight time will be longer still.
Half an hour later the pilot speaks to the passenger again to say that they are now flying on one engine and arrival would be delayed by a couple of hours. When the plane finally lands one Belgian turns to the other and remarks, "Just as well the fourth engine kept going or we'd have been up there all night."
If they were on an Airbus A310, A330, Boeing 757,767 or 777 the joke would have stopped at the first paragraph, and you would have missed the punchline.