Now let's apply this to a pilot in the cockpit of an airplane in a difficult weather situation. Just as in the game, he would typically face three options. He can either continue on his current course into the worsening weather, he can divert to an alternate, or he can return to his departure point. Added to this equation is the fact that there is only a payoff for making it to the destination, and diverting or returning to the departure point carries a significant cost in terms of both time and money. As long as he continues towards his destination, the other two options remain available. However, as soon as he decides that he cannot make it to the destination and turns around or turns towards the alternate, he has essentially eliminated the door representing the maximum payoff of making it to the destination.