JamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6575 times:
the title says it all, what is the strangest expierence youv'e had?
mine is i got on a flight to hawaii and i fell asleep before we started to taxi.and 2 hours later i woke up and we were still parked.
The sky is no longer the limit, but the mere minimum
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6434 times:
my parents, my sister and I, flown to Cuba to spend our holidays in Cayo Largo, first, and Varadero the last days.
Supposed, we had to fly in a Cubana de Aviacion Airbus A310 wet-leased from TEA France. Two days before of our ongoing flight, we knew that TEA France aircraft was repossessed by the owner.
After two days in a hotel near Barajas, we got to fly to Varadero in a Cubana de Aviacion Ilyushin Il-62. Strange and wonderful experience:
- Strange because the plane made THREE stops before to arrive to VRA: stop at Lisbon to take passengers, stop at St. John's (Newfoundland) to take fuel and stop in Havana to leave passengers before to arrive to VRA and board in an Antonov AN-26 to Cayo Largo.
Supposed, the TEA France flight had to be direct from MAD to VRA...
- Wonderful because, from that day, I fell in love of any Russian airliner...
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Eagle11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 6432 times:
Not really a strange one, but a frustrating one...
We're in SAN on UA getting ready for a red eye to ORD. The flight's pretty much ready to go with the boarding door closed, but the ground staff screws up some of the maintenance paperwork. The flight was already precariously close to missing the 11 pm curfew or whatever for departing from SAN, and this mix up pushed us over the edge. The captain came on and she gave us the announcement that we had missed the curfew and the flight was cancelled (she was really pissed too!). Everyone had to deplane and wait in the hour long line to rebook for the next day and get hotels, food vouchers, etc.
What a mess!
We ended up flying US through PIT the next day and got back home okay, but that entire night in SAN was definately a bad experience.
BandA From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 6426 times:
hmm... my strangest experience on a plane was as a kid flying on a JAL classic 747. I remember sitting at the port side window seat (after fighting for it with my dad) but dozing off only moments later. Waking up several hours into the flight amidst a total chaos. Luggage flying everywhere, people crowded in the aisles pushing and shoving each other, babies crying, people shouting at eachother. It seemed the only people actually seated in the entire airplane were my mother right next to me with my younger brother in her lap (Just like they showed on the sefty video - incase of emergency landing). My father who had ended up sitting across the isle in this 2-5-2 config. wasn't there. I looked arround frantically and couldnt see him anywhere in the total chaos.
There were rushed announcements being made in every other language but English over the PA system. Cabin lights didn't appear to be working properly as there was very little light compared to when we first took off.
From the looks on people's faces, things looked grim.
I was horrified. I got up on the seat to look around for my father. Still no where to be found. I asked my mom if she knew what had happened to him. She seemed way too calm as she told me he had went to the lav. I got up once again despite my mom yelling and forcing me to sit back down and wear my seat belt. I looked back the lavs and finally found my dad just standing there in the corner sipping on a 7up. Of all the things he is just standing there like there is nothing wrong. He saw me standing on the seat and signalled me to sit back down and fasten my belt. That was strange.
Anyways I sat back down, got my belt back on and started looking at the safety card. Apparently a major malfunction had occured since there were no oxygen masks like in the pictures. Nor was the fancy rope lighting on the floor on.
Suddenly the plane shook and the screeming got louder. The remaining cabin lights flickered. More announcements were made (none again seemed to be in english that I could understand).
I looked outside through the window and couldnt see anything accept the strobe light flashes. We were obviously going down into the sea.
Seconds later, the cabin lights were on. Flight attendents appeared out of nowhere directing people to return to their seats. The flight attendents clearly meant business as they were yelling on top of their lungs.
Slowly the aisles were cleared and people were back in their seats (most of them). My dad returned to his seat and was clearly furious at the passengers blocking the aisles preventing him from returning to his seat.
The cabin seemed to be calm now. I still had no idea what really was going on.
Moments later the plane landed at what appeared to be an isolated airstrip, as there werent much lights around. As soon as the plane touched down, passengers jumped up once again crowding the aisles in a total chaos, luggage flying all over, babies crying... you get the picture...
The plane was still slowing down, the reverse thrust had still not run its full course. People were falling as the pilot hit the brakes to slow down the plane. A woman almost fell on my mom as the plane made a turn at the end of the runway.
Once again my parents sat there calmly as I kept wondering why in the world we werent rushing to get off this plane that may be on fire judging by how fast these people want to get off of it.
It wasnt until a good half an hour that the plane was actually at a complete stop and door open. Slowly the long que of frantic passengers got moving.
We must've waited until the entire plane was evacuated. My dad calmly got up and gathered our stuff. I was thinking why we were taking so long. Forget the stuff lets get it the heck out of this plane. But no, calmly we got up gathered ourselves as my dad said his thank you's and good bye's to EACH of the crew member and apologized for all the trouble. I was confused but as long as we were inching our way towards the door it was all good.
There was this makeshift steep stair case attached to the plane. Slowly we stepped down. As we walked away from the aircraft, I noticed smoke in the air but there was no fire as I am sure in the half an hour it took us to finally deplane they had already put it out.
It was very dark around. There was military people everywhere ushering everyone into a huge barn. Inside the barn there seemed a make-shift airport operation. Strangly no one appeared to be concerned about our health or of those who were perhaps hurt in this incident.
There was the same chaos inside the barn. Random people asking for our passports and documents etc. Heated exchanges between passengers and military officials.
Anyways eventually we got out of the other end of the barn on to a gravel parking lot where amazingly we ran into people that knew us. One of them I recognized from a picture back home quickly grabbed me and put me on his shoulder. Everyone here seemed nice. They took us by car to where we were headed and the rest was all fun...
It wasn't until another flight to India that I realized this was no emergency landing... it was all normal for a flight to Delhi, India. (Old Palam Airport/Barn).
My dad still gives me hard time about the fact that for years as a kid I always thought I had survived an Air Emergency.
Aviationnut12 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6333 times:
My strangest experience was flying AirTran from MCO-MSP in July of 2003. Just about to board our flight to MSP in Atlanta, everything stopped and people started coming off the plane that had already been half boarded. I went to the counter and asked the agent what was wrong, and was told the evacuation slide had been deployed in the jetway. So we waited another 40 minutes for an aircraft inbound from Newark to arrive and take the place of our plane. After the luggage had been transferred and everyone had boarded, we pushed back and taxied to the runway. Then the engines spooled up and we began rolling down the runway, and liftoff, maybe??? But no, engines went back to idle and we turned off the runway and back to the gate we went. Turns out, a woman travelling with a 3 year old and an infant could not controll her kids. The 3 year old was standing up in her seat during our attempted take-off roll, and despite orders from the flight attendants in the back of the 717, mother or daughter would not comply. After returning to the gate, a CSR came aboard to escort the woman and crying kids off. Meanwhile, a man sitting acroos the aisle did not like this and started cussing and swearing at the flight attendants and the CSR. He then started hollering and screaming that the only reason the plane had been stopped was because the family was Asian. As the CSR was walking off the plane past our row, I heard her ask call for security on her radio. We finally took-off for real and arrived in MSP and hour and-a-half late. It is one experience I will never forget.
Others have included wacking someone in the head with my violin case accidently, while boarding a Northwest Airlink/Pinnacle CRJ in Duluth. God Bless.
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JamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6318 times:
Quoting Aviationnut12 (Reply 5): My strangest experience was flying AirTran from MCO-MSP in July of 2003. Just about to board our flight to MSP in Atlanta, everything stopped and people started coming off the plane that had already been half boarded. I went to the counter and asked the agent what was wrong, and was told the evacuation slide had been deployed in the jetway. So we waited another 40 minutes for an aircraft inbound from Newark to arrive and take the place of our plane. After the luggage had been transferred and everyone had boarded, we pushed back and taxied to the runway. Then the engines spooled up and we began rolling down the runway, and liftoff, maybe??? But no, engines went back to idle and we turned off the runway and back to the gate we went. Turns out, a woman travelling with a 3 year old and an infant could not controll her kids. The 3 year old was standing up in her seat during our attempted take-off roll, and despite orders from the flight attendants in the back of the 717, mother or daughter would not comply. After returning to the gate, a CSR came aboard to escort the woman and crying kids off. Meanwhile, a man sitting acroos the aisle did not like this and started cussing and swearing at the flight attendants and the CSR. He then started hollering and screaming that the only reason the plane had been stopped was because the family was Asian. As the CSR was walking off the plane past our row, I heard her ask call for security on her radio. We finally took-off for real and arrived in MSP and hour and-a-half late. It is one experience I will never forget.
what are the chances.
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Flavio340 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6252 times:
Last year taking a flight from ORD-LGA the airplane is just about to leave when a man very out of breath comes and sits directly behind me. The CSA closes the door and we push back, takeoff, climb out normal, when we get to cruise the pilot comes on with his little talk thanking everyone and to say our flight time to LGA is going to be such and such. Right at that moment the man behind say "sh!t what did he say, did the pilot say we are going to LGA is this some kind of joke." Since the load was light and no one was sitting next to him, I turned around and said that the plane was indeed going to LGA, where did he think it was going (in a sort of joking manner). He looks me straight in the eye and tells me he is going to SEA. I will never forget his face as long as I live, he went from cardiac arrest from running to stroke because of his rising blood pressure. He dinged the flight attendants and when one came he explains that he is suppose to be going to SEA, she laughs, and says this is not possible because of all of our advanced technology with the ticket machines. He produces his boarding card and sure enough it say is big black ink Seattle-Tacoma as destination. He said that he had tight connection and the gate information that was read to him on his in bound flight said it was for our gate. It turns out this was correct because we had a last minute gate change. I find amazing to this day of all the fail safes that had to fail to get this guy on the plane. One (his fault) not checking the monitors, Two the CSA and ticket reader, Three same equipment and that his seat was empty. We flew to LGA and I never found out what happened to him, it was on AA, and I know they have a direct flight out of JFK to SEA, but he would have to switch airports. Also I would have loved to have know if any head rolled from this, because I think the contract of carriage says they have to get him to SEA, so it should not have cost him anything but time. The most important lesson I learned and I do this regardless of my connect time every time I see a departure monitor I look to see if my flight has changed gates. A missed flight is better than going to the wrong side of the country.
ShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6211 times:
We had a very last minute (at the check in table) booking on a flight in 1990 or so. It so happens the only seats available were in the 5th from last row of the plane. lets just say for about 20 minutes in there, i heard some ( A LOT ) of movement in the aft lavs behind me....
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6084 times:
On an EA 757 PHL-LAX in the late 80s, the door wouldn't close after we'd boarded. I'd already taken a sleeping pill, expecting it to kick in after dinner had been served.
Sometime later, I was woken up by the lady sitting next to me asking if I wanted dinner, as we were then in flight. I looked at my watch, but no time had gone by since I had fallen asleep. It was one of those "what the hell happened?" moments.
What I was told was:
1) I'd set my watch back for Pacific time just before going to sleep (I didn't remember doing that),
2) We'd been on the ground in PHL with the mechanics literally *banging* on the door with hammers for 2 hours to get it closed, but I slept through it all, and
3) I'd slept through the first hour of the flight, including taxi and takeoff.
Apparently, two rows in front and behind were taking bets on just what *would* wake me up, LOL
A320ajm From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6069 times:
My strangest experience was when i was meant to have a flying lesson. Before mine, the instructor took someone up to do a check ride in a PA28. The person taking the check ride also had his son who was a pilot. The plane would not start no matter how much he primed it. They then started joking about if the plane crashed it would be embarrassing as there was a student pilot (me), a PPL holder, a CPL (Instructor, night and instrument rating) and the son who had just passed his CPL (night and instrument rating). We moved to the next aircraft and it started. The jokes started hap[pening again. Being only 15, i was starting to get a bit nervous thinking why do pilots joke about crashing?' The check ride went ok nd it came to my flying lesson in a PA38. I took off and we headed south from Durham Tees Valley airport and i was st full power, climbing to 3000 feet for stalls. I then felt the aircraft lose about 750 rpm. My instructor and i looked at each other and we were thinking what the hell was that?' We turned back not declaring an emergency and landed. It turned out we had lost a magneto but the experience was strange because we had been joking about accidents. Strange.
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DeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6069 times:
Mine has got to be when I was flying LGA-GSP on Comair a few years ago.
My father and I, along with four other passengers, were bussed over to the remote airstand to board the Comair CRJ. There were only four other passengers on the bus. It was also pouring rain at the time. When we pulled up to the CRJ, we realized that we were going to get soaking wet going from the bus to the plane, as they didn't have ANY sort of covered walkway or anything. So we get on the plane (which the door is open to), soaking wet, and there is NOBODY on the plane. Not even a flight attendant. Confused, the six of us sat down in our respective seats. After sitting in the plane for about 30 minutes, with no flight attendant or pilots in the cabin, another bus pulls up with about 40 passengers, including the flight attendant. She was the first one off the bus and onto the plane, and as soon as she saw us she had an expression that I'll never forget.
We then told her what happened and she went up to the cockpit to speak with the pilots. Apparently the flight attendant was late and the pilots had gone to the plane without her and had opened up the door to the plane. But passengers weren't supposed to be bussed over yet. Somebody made a mistake with the bussing, and we got to the plane half an hour before we were supposed to be there. The pilots didn't even know we were there.
Anyway, that was a really weird experience. I've never been on another flight were there wasn't a flight attendant welcoming me on board.
"We break, We bend, With hand in hand, When hope is gone, Just hang on." -Guster
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6035 times:
Quoting Flavio340 (Reply 7): I find amazing to this day of all the fail safes that had to fail to get this guy on the plane. One (his fault) not checking the monitors, Two the CSA and ticket reader, Three same equipment and that his seat was empty.
You'd be surprised how many people board incorrect flights. Numerous times I've seen the 'Welcome to ABC123 flight to XYZTown' and people have got up embarassingly, fetched their bags from the overhead lockers and marched off the plane. I'm not surprised your experience was on AA. The wife and I were departing HNL a couple of months ago and we boarded and found a guy in one of our seats. It seemed he had used his SFO-HNL boarding pass to board this aircraft and as such had taken that seat. I'm pretty sure most boarding systems are just designed to log or recognise seat numbers, not check them off against corresponding flight numbers.
If you want to take this one step further last year I was on a BA flight from Cape Town to London and my wife and I had boarded and were settled into our seats waiting for departure. A flight attendant came to my seat and asked to see my boarding pass. I retrieved it from my bag along with my passport to show it was me . She had in her hand another man's passport (with a completely different name) and an identical duplicate of my boarding pass. My seat number, same flight, same date, same frequent flyer number. Identical. This man had not only been issued this boarding pass with my name but he'd gone through security, outbound passport control, into the airline's lounge and onto the aircraft without being asked once about the discrepancy! Fortunately there was another seat in the cabin for this gentleman or else it could have been quite embarassing...I was quite amazed it happened, especially as the airport had experienced a severe power cut that morning and everything was being double checked.
Additionally I was flying BD and for some peculiar reason although my wife and I were travelling together both boarding passes had been issued in her name. We'd been through security and got as far as the airline lounge before the error had been spotted.
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Just to give you an idea on how interesting this was, and how more interesting this could have been, Vernon's RWY23 is only 3360ft x 75ft with a displaced threshold of 460ft. Anyway, I was outside washing my car in the drive way, and we live right under the approach path for RWY23 not even a mile from the threshold. Needless to say, when the biggest plane you are used to seeing fly into your airport are DHC-5 Buffalos or a Citation, watching an A319 perform a go around not even 1000ft above your house is quite something!
Another cool experience I had while sitting in an airplane was back in about 1998. I was sitting on the right side of a WS732 in YLW awaiting for everyone else to board for our flight to YVR. Anyway, I looked out the window, and I saw a couple of landing lights out in the distance. They looked strangely placed, so I tried guessing what kind of aircraft it could have been. I figured it was an MD80 of sorts because there were 3 lights. But when it got closer, it turned into 6 lights (3 lights across and one on top of each other). Just as the airplane go to Duck Lake, fumes of white smoke started to trail the airplane. Next thing I realized, it was the Snowbirds doing a quick fly by down the runway on their way to the Abbotsford airshow.
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6001 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16): You'd be surprised how many people board incorrect flights. Numerous times I've seen the 'Welcome to ABC123 flight to XYZTown' and people have got up embarassingly, fetched their bags from the overhead lockers and marched off the plane.
I had a similar, yet in some ways opposite experience on my very first flight. Everyone boarded and took their seats, and the FA made the "Welcome aboard United Express flight 1234 with service to Chicago" announcement. Then after a slight pause she added "If you're not going to Chicago, you might want to deplane now." No one got up, and since it was my first flight I wasn't sure if that was a normal announcement or not. We waited for a while, and she made another announcement, "Once again, I'd like to remind you that this plane is going to Chicago."
As it turned out, the CSA noticed that someone from another flight had boarded our plane, and to further complicate things that person didn't speak much English and didn't understand the announcements the FA kept making about going to Chicago. Before I boarded there had been another group of people waiting around our gate for another flight that had been delayed several hours. My guess is this person was supposed to be on that flight, saw a bunch of people boarding, and assumed it was his flight.
Planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5957 times:
I don't know if this is strange, inappropriate, unprofessional or what... but I had a male US Express flight attendant expose himself to me once. I tend not to sit alone in row 9 on the dash-8 anymore.
DeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 5929 times:
Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 19): I don't know if this is strange, inappropriate, unprofessional or what... but I had a male US Express flight attendant expose himself to me once. I tend not to sit alone in row 9 on the dash-8 anymore.
You can't be serious.
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Planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 5881 times:
DeltaAVL - I wish I was making it up. While I have no issues with the human body - there are better places than others for these types of things. Stuck on the plane is not one of them. I pretended to go to sleep for the rest of the flight - and I never sleep on planes. Thank god it was a short flight (PHL-SYR).
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 5873 times:
I have had a few sleep-walkers on flights. One of whom thought he was in the lav and proceeded to urinate on the people at the bulkhead row. They were fit-to-be-tied at best. He woke up and remained mortified of his unconscious behavior. Personally, I still laugh about it.
Another flight, I saw a 5 year old yell at his Mom that he was hungry. She proceeds to unbutton her blouse and take a tit out to feed him. He takes it and stands in the aisle sucking away till he was full. She kept talking to her friend like it was no big deal.
Another time I had a 90+ year old Jamaican man take the life raft out of "his" overhead bin. Mind you he was 4 foot nothing and hunched over. He was also the first one on the plane. I turned my back and the life raft was in the aisle and sat in his seat, smile and all.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1854 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 5860 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16): f you want to take this one step further last year I was on a BA flight from Cape Town to London and my wife and I had boarded and were settled into our seats waiting for departure. A flight attendant came to my seat and asked to see my boarding pass. I retrieved it from my bag along with my passport to show it was me . She had in her hand another man's passport (with a completely different name) and an identical duplicate of my boarding pass. My seat number, same flight, same date, same frequent flyer number. Identical. This man had not only been issued this boarding pass with my name but he'd gone through security, outbound passport control, into the airline's lounge and onto the aircraft without being asked once about the discrepancy! Fortunately there was another seat in the cabin for this gentleman or else it could have been quite embarassing...I was quite amazed it happened, especially as the airport had experienced a severe power cut that morning and everything was being double checked.
I had a similar experience, but luckily I caught it myself before I flew. I was issued my three boarding cards for my flights YYJ-YVR-YOW-YXU. Just before going through security I noticed that the ones for the Victoria-Vancouver-Ottawa legs did not have my name on it! Even more I was in Business class for the YVR-YOW leg. So I go back to the check in desks, and they give me my own boarding cards (not explaining why this has happened). THEN I notice that my baggage claim is also under this persons name. So the lady gives me just a number for baggage claim (not a coupon), she assures me that my bag is properly marked (as I had specifically asked) and I head off for my flight. Well, when I finally get to London, my bag isn't there. I finally got it 5 days later (on a 7 day trip!!!), to find that the bag tag was only checked until Ottawa, and under this other guys name. Needless to say I was not too thrilled about this!
Adopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5798 times:
In 1993 my sister and parents and I flew to Florida (I can't remember which airports but we had a layover in Chicago) and my parents got seats next to each other, but my sister and I were spread out for some reason. My sister was 4 at the time and made friends with the older couple sitting next to her. She was entertained the whole flight from Chicago to Florida by the Yahtzee game they had. I suppose that's not really all that strange, but thinking back it's rather funny.
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