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User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 260 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8485 times:

Hi all,

As frequent flyers (for most of us), we all experience our share of unusual/weird/special moments on board airplanes. This thread is to share those moments.

Personnally, I have experienced 3 "special" moments:

1) Flight CZ from URC to SZX: 15min before landing when pax and crew are normally supposed to "get ready" for landing, several people actually started to put their carry ons (including cartons) in the aisle so that they could supposedly get out of the airplane quicker. No words from the FA who let the situation uncontrolled, and quite scary if you think of an hypothetical emergency procedure..

2) Flight AF from MIA to CDG: two men started to punch each other a few rows behind me, with some male FA's were trying to stop them. This is for sure quite impressive when you think you're stuck in a plane at 10,000m high...

3) Flight AF from HKG to CDG: a men insulted on of the FA while boarding. The purser went to the cockpit most probably to advise the situation. A female captain went out and said to the guy: "I am going to need you out of my plane", and she called security. Quite amazing, and makes you feel very confident in your captain

Looking forward to reading your own stories!

[Edited 2012-09-20 20:59:16]

[Edited 2012-09-20 21:00:34]

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User currently onlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10525 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Myself and my wife and daughter (age 7 or 8) were non-revving back to SLC from ORD (via ATL and DEN) on a stretch 8 on DL (mid 80s). We had seats in first class. On the ATL-DEN portion there were a couple of guys sitting at the back of first that were getting a little belligerent. They had had TOO much liquid loudmouth and they were arguing with each other (they were brothers). The F/A tried to quiet them and they started in on her.....next the flight engineer came out and they started on him.....then the F/O and finally the pilot......they wouldn't listen to anyone. My daughter was hearing some terms that NO young girl should hear. Just before we landed in DEN, the captain made an announcement to the effect that we should remain seated upon arrival at the gate, for just a few minutes. Well, we taxied in, parked and the Denver police came on and escorted the two brothers off.

Since we were making a connection to SLC, we had time to make a statement, which we did....at the terminal police station. As I was writing the statement, you could still hear the two yelling at each other and, presumably, everyone else within earshot.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7777 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8423 times:

(maybe this belongs in Travel forum?)

I had one interesting incident:

We had a birthday on one of my many transitions between CVG-PHX, and I happened to be transporting my guitar, and they asked me to sing and play a song for him.... So I did my rendition of the happy birthday song - along with for he's a jolly good fellow (the public domain one    ) So that was fun. Not to mention I got upgraded to first class on that flight.

Another incident: Flying from NRT-SEA this year on DL, this flight was operating very slowly because we had no tail winds. I was really becoming irritated that I wasn't gonna make my AS connection to PHX. Once we landed they said we'd be held at the gate for about 20 minutes due to unloading "sensitive cargo," which really made me irate. I didn't show it, however.

A minute later, I was sobered immediately: The captain announced that a deceased US soldier was on board the flight, being taken from NRT to his family in Seattle. They unloaded the casket, placed a US flag over it, and I saw all the soldiers on the tarmac saluting the casket. It was such a sight to behold. Made me proud to be back home in the US again.....

but I missed my connection and had to be routed to SLC to get back to PHX.



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User currently offlinejrodATC From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8413 times:

My experiences are those as someone that flies approximately 12-15 times of year on flights of varying lengths and destinations. I'd like to think of myself as a travel enthusiast but I know I pale in comparison to most on this board. Anyway, as someone who flies comparatively less than most, here are my in-flight stories  .

JFK to LAX on QF, 2009 on a B744 - About midway through the flight, the smell of smoke fills the cabin. ~30 minutes goes by before the captain comes on and tells us it's merely a burned out fan. Of all my experiences on a plane this one shook me the most because, well, smelling smoke on a plane is the last thing you want to smell. It felt weird knowing this plane would carry us across the pacific to SYD.

SZX to SHA, SHA to PEK, PEK to SZX on FM, MU, ZH, B738, A333, B737, respectively in 2011 - All of my flights within China felt different/weird because I felt disconnected from the crew. They never came on to greet us or advise of a status and door was sealed while boarding and disembarking. Typically on US flights and the int'ls I've been on the cockpit door is open while boarding, and while disembarking, captains or co-captains thank the pax for flying. There was no language issue as my better half speaks fluent Cantonese and some Mandarin and the FAs were translating whatever they broadcast (mainly safety info and to prepare for landing) One particular flight, the MU flight, was a terrible experience. While loading bags onto the plane ground crew at SHA seemed to beat up the a/c. I've never heard as many bangs, thuds or felt the plane move as much while on the ground, ever. I say terrible experience only because my experience on the ground with them set the tone for an otherwise uneventful, short flight.

HKG to EWR on UA, 2011 on a B777 - Besides being on a plane for 16 hours (first ULH), the only thing that happened here was a pax got sick immediately behind my girlfriend and I during the last hour or so of the flight. While I sympathized with her plight, the experience twisted my otherwise ironclad stomach and I couldn't wait to be off the plane and the smell!

LHR to MIA on BA, 2012 on a B744 - Plane felt old and dated. I didn't catch the reg number but for about 3 hours of this flight beginning on takeoff, water would leak from the cracks of the pax air vents and overhead compartments. The FA's solution was to tape napkins where the water was leaking to resolve the problem.

Thanks for reading!


User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1662 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8282 times:

Probably my most unusual event was sitting next to and conversing with a nice businessman from Connecticut on an American flight BDL-DFW, about a week before he murdered and dismembered the stripper with whom he was having an affair. My colleague, who was also in our row, chatted the guy up and got his business card. Shortly after that, the guy's face was plastered all over television. Here's the story - he got 60 years:

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/crime/c...pholds-conviction-of-dancer-killer


User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8192 times:

Quoting JohnJ (Reply 4):
Probably my most unusual event was sitting next to and conversing with a nice businessman from Connecticut on an American flight BDL-DFW, about a week before he murdered and dismembered the stripper with whom he was having an affair. My colleague, who was also in our row, chatted the guy up and got his business card. Shortly after that, the guy's face was plastered all over television

Now that's unusual and scary! I'm guessing you're colleague didn't contact him back  


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8155 times:

The weirdest thing I ever observed while flying was back in the mid 90's on an AA flight ORD-IAH.
When I got to the ticket counter there was this well dressed woman who was arguing with the ticket agent about her ticket. She opened her purse and started throwing business cards at him telling him in a very loud voice "Don't You Know Who I Am", "Don't you know who I am" over and over again. The agent seemed unphased by all this.

Later on down at the gate, there she was again doing the same exact thing to the gate agent. I just thought "Jeesh, what a bitch!" I didn't recognize her as anybody at all except maybe just a generic rich bitch. Her husband was standing next to her, a really tall guy about 6'5" or so but he never said a word.

So I just grabbed a seat and then ignored the rest of the show. Well, we boarded and guess who ended up sitting right next to me! So I decided to ask her just who was she, somebody famous? Well she told me in no uncertain terms not to talk to her or even look at her for the duration of the flight.

Well about 90 minutes into the flight I had to use the can and had the window seat. So I said "excuse me" to this woman and she told me that she wasn't going to move for me at all. "You can hold it until Houston" she said. I just said "You're kidding, aren't you?" She told me again I am not getting out of that seat! So I stood up, put my hand on my zipper and politely told her that "If you don't move, I'm going to piss all over your face!". She got up and moved very quickly.
'
When I got back to the bathrooms a F/A came up to me and explained that the flight was full up, not one seat available. She continued that if one were available they'd move me. So I hung out with the F/A's in the galley for about 15 minutes before I returned to my seat. Once I got settled the passenger in the seat in front of her (a rather large footballer type) reclined his seat This woman instantly stood up, grabbed this guys hair and pulled on it HARD and told him that he was never going to recline his seat ever again! By this time we were totally in shock over this woman's behavior!

When we finally got to Houston I next saw her at baggage claim screaming at the security guard in the area "Where is my luggage? Where the F--K is my luggage?".

If this had occurred today this woman would have been locked up in jail. It was the most amazing thing that I ever witnessed while traveling around. And the whole entire time her husband didn't say a word. I still wonder who she was?


User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7703 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8089 times:

My father appeared in 1984, (as an extra).

I recall him saying about Richard Burton, (who was a Star).

Apparently, the poor guy muffed his lines a few times.

Every time, he stood up and publicly apologised to everyone for messing up.

IMO, THAT is the sign of a REAL Star.

I suspect that you had a Z Lister.


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 731 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8027 times:
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I was flying during the winter holidays on a NW DC-10 from LAX-DTW, a red-eye departure. The featured film was "Forrest Gump." We had extra fuel loaded due to the possible closure of DTW. Well, DTW closed. So, I sat in this DC-10 from LAX-PIT-DTW airspace-MSP airspace-OMA airspace-MSP. All on the same aircraft with just one landing (PIT). I watched "Forrest Gump" 3 times that night/day. I finished all the Bacardi Breezers in the WBC Cabin and even that could not make me forget how quickly I became disgusted with this film.

And to add insult to injury, my DC-10 from MSP-DTW featured "Forrest Gump" again! This makes #4.

Thankfully, the DC-9 from DTW-IAD did not have inflight entertainment. Just the blue corn chips and a beverage to get me into IAD close to 1am!

Five times seeing this film would have driven me absolutely bonkers!

On a positive note, the girls in WBC were such a delight and after they timed out, I ran into the terminal at PIT and brought back breakfast to the crew on the plane. I miss Northwest Airlines and the DC-10!!!! =]

Air Afreak



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5166 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7950 times:

1) Joining the Mile High Club with a TWA FA on a flight from SEA to ANC in 1987.

2) While traveling alone on a flight from PIA to IAD when I was around 10 y/o, I was "accosted" by a man who was bound and determined to claim my soul for Jesus. After a few minutes of this I loudly proclaimed "I don't think Jesus wants me to touch you THERE, sir" and he had a pleasant experience when we landed at IAD! Creep.



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User currently offlineKL577 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7750 times:

I guess most of my flights have been rather dull (except for those in a small private plane over the Nigerian skies). Except for the occasional "Is there a doctor on board call", I don't have much to share.

But, I would have loved to be part of this in-flight music performance by one (probably the) most famous band in Nigeria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfQIZRnXjaQ


User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7703 times:

Quoting jrodATC (Reply 3):
Plane felt old and dated. I didn't catch the reg number but for about 3 hours of this flight beginning on takeoff, water would leak from the cracks of the pax air vents and overhead compartments. The FA's solution was to tape napkins where the water was leaking to resolve the problem.


A similar incident happened to me in 1984. I was on a Condor DC-10 flying from LAX to FRA. When I sat down
I felt a slow drip from the ceiling. I told it to an FA who said "Oh, it's just condensation", When the plane lifted
off the runway, the drip turned into a shower! I had to use a pillow as an umbrella! The shower stopped after the
plane reached altitude, but after landing in FRA, the drip started up all over again!



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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7607 times:

On a flight from Durango Colorado to Dallas Texas, the woman a few rows ahead of me appeared very distraught as she was searching around in a panic for something. The flight attendant came over to see what was up, and moments later she walked to the front of the cabin and announced over the P.A. that a woman had lost her wedding ring and if everybody could take a quick look around them for it. Pretty much for the next 15 minutes everybody on the plane was rummaging through their seat cushions, around the bottom of the seats, and in various other areas of the plane, trying to find the missing ring.

By this time the woman who lost her ring was besides herself and was quite upset. And in a very sweet gesture, a young girl around age 10 or so offered to give her the small ring she was wearing as a "replacement". She didn't have to do that as a few minutes later, a person across the aisle yelled out "GOT IT!!!!" Everybody cheered and applauded. The woman who was no reunited with her ring accompanied the flight attendant to the front of the plane, where she took to the P.A. and told everybody how grateful she was and that once we landed in DFW she would buy everybody drinks in the airport lounge. I think a handful of passengers took her up on the offer. I had to make my connection but would have felt awkward taking the drink anyway...so I was just glad the deal all ended up well.


User currently offlinedanielmyatt From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7300 times:

Just last Tuesday on a Delta flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia, we were a bit delayed (30 minutes or so) from the original departure time, after boarding the capt come on over the PA and said that due to the bad weather on the East Coast LGA was issuing wheels up times to all inbound flights, ours would mean a 3 hour delay and a very late arrival into NY.

Anyway, they said that you could get off the plane if you wish but no to go too far if we get an earlier time, which we didn't. During the second boarding the FA (a very nice lady who comp'd us a drink) decided to have some fun so she started a games how during the boarding process asking stuff like saying "I love Delta" in foreign languages, and awarding a free drink if you got it right. It's probably something they get told to do during these situations but it was fun and kept cabin spirits high.

They had bordered us slightly early to make sure we made our wheels up time, so the same FA announced that we're gonna have a sing along, so she grabbed a near by passenger and started singing "New York, New York" by Sinatra, soon most of the cabin was singing along... It was all very odd, but in a good way.


User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1890 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7279 times:
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I was flying from MEM to DEN in the good 'ol NWA days, on a 319. The cabin crew announced on the PA that they would hold a pop quiz, with the question (IIRC) which was the highest (in terms of elevation) football stadium in the US. The winner would get a bottle of wine and all the contestants had to put their boarding card stubs into a basket. Very nice!

After arriving in CPH on an AirGreenland flight from SFJ, we were all ordered to stay seated while we arrived at the gate. The Danish police boarded and called out a series of names on the PA of people who were to report to them. From the cabin behind me a bunch of stereotypical hippies walked forward and greeted all the flight attendants. I was seated close to a crew seat and heard this particular flight attendant was on a first name basis with several of the hippies and they said goodbye and shook hands. I never understood what the reason was that they were met by the police, but my guess is that it had something to do with protesting in Greenland.

Martijn



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User currently offlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7275 times:

We had just completed boarding an ATL-SLC flight one evening in about 2005 when 2 or 3 officers from the ATL police department got on the plane. The quietly walked down the aisle to the row just behind me, where they gestured to the man in the middle seat to stand up. The officers quietly handcuffed him right there in the aisle. A flight attendant opened the overhead bin and the police asked the man to identify his bag. He quietly indicated which one it was, they removed it and the man was escorted off the plane to a waiting police car parked at the bottom of the jetbridge stairs. The whole thing took about 1 minute, and barely a word was spoken by anybody. The man clearly knew why the police wanted him. I don't remember the crew saying anything about it when it was over either. They just proceeded with the safety demonstration and away we went. I checked the Atlanta news the next day but couldn't find any mention of the event. I still have no idea what really happened.


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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 958 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7244 times:

Quoting AF185 (Thread starter):
) Flight CZ from URC to SZX: 15min before landing when pax and crew are normally supposed to "get ready" for landing, several people actually started to put their carry ons (including cartons) in the aisle so that they could supposedly get out of the airplane quicker. No words from the FA who let the situation uncontrolled, and quite scary if you think of an hypothetical emergency procedure..

That's not unusual, that's normal in China. I saw many people line up by the exit door while we were still taxing.

My unusual story was a flight from MBJ to ORD on Air Jamaica. We waited for an hour for a connecting pax from some island. When she entered our plane there was only one middle seat open and she refused to sit down. After half a hour of discussions and whispers for the common good of all passangers someonse offered to switch the seats with her. Only than we discovered that the middle seat was not a problem, but rather she refused to sit with while people.


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5766 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7027 times:

Unfortunately I haven't had anything too interesting  

I'd say the most bizarre experience was once when the crew asked whether there was a medical professional on board. As it transpired about half the passengers were on their way to a medical conference and all stood up simultaneously. I don't know whether they didn't want to appear unprofessional or uncaring in front of their professional brethren, but there was even pushing and shoving in the aisle as they sought to be the first one there and save the day. Weird.

A "scary" moment was on AA UIO-MIA. When we started up in UIO the cabin was filled with the smell of gas. Everyone (including the FAs) looked a bit concerned, but after a few minutes the captain came on and said it was quite common when starting at high altitudes and would go away.



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6477 times:

1) Flying from ATH to JFK, on OA, we encountered some "Choppy Air" The seat belt sign came on,
and the F/A's continued service, until their galley carts started jumping off of the floor due to chop.
2) Flying from NRT to HKG on NW, the F/A gave me the whole sushi platter! (I was the only one in F)
Then proceeded to never come back...
3) Flying from KGL to ACC on a private charter, a passenger (TV personality) told the captain "That
was the best crash landing I've ever been in."
4) Flying SNN to JFK, an IOM charter with Somolian refugees (July 2001), and getting permission to
circle Manhattan so they could see their new country. It was a very moving experience.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6456 times:

MUC-DEL on LH in economy: one Indian gentleman was using his seat as intended, i.e. he reclined it. The Indian man behind him didn't like it at all and kept harrassing the gentleman in front of him. This went on for some time and, finally, when the gentleman got up, the man pushed his seatback all the way forward. Upon his return, the gentleman just reclined it again and the man became aggressive. Shortly after that, they were standing in the aisle and getting ready for a fist fight. The F/As separated them just in time.

On the return, a Portuguese couple was unhappy with their inop PTVs - which is rather understandable, they had seats in the middle of a 747. However, the wife started a lenghty discussion with the crew on the alternative seats, basically she wanted to score an upgrade to business class. Fortunately, her husband kept his cool and we were finally off to FRA after they had delayed the flight a couple more minutes. Something was definitely up with that trip.

When flying to a country where women have to wear veils, I noticed that some of them made a point of keeping it off for as long as they could. When we entered the airspace of the country, the first started putting it on. More followed suit when we started the descent and the last only put it on upon landing. On the return, the experience was quite similar. That really did make me feel like I was travelling in time... which I was doing, essentially.

Upon landing after a short flight from LPB to CUZ, a cabin trolled that hadn't been secured properly crashed into a galley wall. The closest F/A jumped up and held it until she could stow it - not the kind of professionalism that you would expect. On a later flight from LPB to VVI, I had a plastic water bottle on me when I boarded. It was half empty and, as the plane started to be pressurised, it was slightly crushed by the increasing air pressure. That was a nice demonstration of just how high LPB is.

Flying from ORD to DCA in 2007, my nighttime flight encountered thunderstorms in the vicinity of DCA and we were faced with a possible diversion to IAD. In fact, every plane except ours did divert - but our captain made our A319 dance through the clouds and landed it beautifully on the first attempt. There was quite a good lightning show going on outside, with surprisingly little turbulence. The airport was deserted and some rainwater had got into the baggage delivery hall, but for the circumstances everything went remarkably well.



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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5061 posts, RR: 43
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6446 times:

On an OA B727-200 from LHR to ATH, we were about half way, when it appeared we were descending quickly. Then very very quickly.

There was no word from the crew, either cabin or cockpit at all. The seat belt signs when on and we landed in Lyon! Stopped just off the runway, shut down and the slides were deployed and the crew got off ... running across the tarmac! Leaving the passengers behind.

Apparently it was a bomb scare. And apparently to OA, passengers come last.



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User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6394 times:

Once, on a flight to the US, we landed so hard that some of the bins opened and luggage fell to the floor..people screamed etc etc

then the pilot came on the intercom and said, "folks, we practice landings over and over.....and i finally got one right!"


User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2810 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6365 times:
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I only have two strange ones. At least for me.
First was on a DL flight from BDL-MSP. It was the end of my Christmas break from college and was headed back. So I took my seat and another kid headed back to school sat next to me. He was a nice kid but a bit of a pot head. He told me all these stories about getting arrested etc. I just wanted to watch my movie and get ready for my semester. Then the F/A came around with the drink service. He leaned over acting like mr smooth and started trying to impress her. When she kind of brushed him off he said "Well my friend over here is in flight school. He's going to be a pilot some day. Oh and his grandfather goes to third world countries and volunteers at orphanages(which actually was true. But I never told him that). He would love to get your number!" She smiled and kept going on with the drink service. She came back around and handed me a piece of paper. Got the number! Though I never called her.

Another was on a DL flight in 2011 from GRR-ATL. I was traveling with my stepfather to visit colleges and was visiting Western Michigan University. He is a Diamond and got upgraded, but luckily he was able to snag me an upgrade as well. So we boarded and of course I get looks from the F/As and the gentleman sitting next to me. He even asked if I was in the right place. I knew from the get go this guy was going to be a pain. Then the alcohol comes. He starts pounding back drinks and gets "loose". He started telling me all about his security clearance and how I should get into unmanned aviation. He then convinced and F/A to give him a couple minis of booze(forgive me if that isn't the proper term. I'm probably the only college student that doesn't drink). He stashed a couple in his pockets and handed me a couple for "later". I told him I was good and underage be he insisted. I politely thanked him and handed them to my stepfather when we deplaned.
I like flying First, but it seems like every time I get next to some loud businessman bragging about his line of work or the F/As treat me subpar because I'm not some 45 year old businessman. I may not have bought the ticket. But the guy who did certainly notes it. Though I did have a nice NW F/A back in the day that kept bringing my brother and I candy bars and all types of snacks.
Blue



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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6365 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6351 times:
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I suppose I have two stories. The following I´ve shared a few times here.

1) I was once in a 727-200 REAL evacuation due to no. 2 engine blowing up at V1. I exited via the R-1 slide. I learned the following.

1. The mind works funny tricks. Even from the 727, when I got to the slide, it looked high. However I did not hesitate to jump into the slide.

2. The craziness on board. The plane was filling with smoke. I am 1.86 mts tall, 100 kg and work out regularly. I was on a window seat and could not leave it and get to the aisle. Finally I said screw politeness and if it weren't for my elbows, fists, kicks, pushing, and shoving I would still be seated on that lovely window seat.

3. Even though wearing Levi´s jeans, going down the slide, I chaffed my butt, and underside of legs and they remained chaffed for a week. I don't know what would happen to the butts of people sliding wearing shorts. They will probably leave their skin smeared on the slide.

So, lessons: always "read the safety card in the seat pocket in front of you", do not wear shorts or short sleeved shirts on a plane trip, and only think of getting out. Nothing else should be on your mind. Nobody is going to go back and get you, specially if there is smoke in the cabin.

2) I was getting my Master´s degree at UVA and was coming home to MTY for some holiday. I usually did IAD-IAH-MTY on CO, but this time I discoverd that if I did IAD-IAH-MEX on CO and MEX-MTY on AM, the overall fare was cheaper. I got upgraded and of course, it was drink after drink to the point that when I arrived at MEX I was pretty woozy. When I boarded the AM plane, there was this beautiful FA, she really looked like a model, that kept staring at me. I had bought a sandwich and I was eating it and when she came by the rear galley, where I was seated, she asked me in a pretty flirty way if she could have a bite. I said yes and she took it. When we left the ramp, the safety demo started and I could swear she was staring at me all the time.

When we arrived at MTY, I remained on the plane and when I was the last to disembark. I went to her and ask her where the cabin crew were staying. She was kind of stunned and said: "Why don´t you give me your phone number, I´ll call you" I responded with, sure, I know that one. I won´t hold my breath and started to leave. She then said "wait, we´ll be at such hotel", give me a ring and we´ll go out. I did that, and we ended up dating for 8 months.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 19):
Something was definitely up with that trip.

I've just remembered, for no particular reason, that I kept seeing this sort of thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JflaKnUNsPc

along the leading edge of the wing somewhere along the route. That was pretty special, actually seeing a manifestation of the airflow that was keeping the 747 in the air.



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User currently offlineKBJCpilot From United States of America, joined May 2012, 177 posts, RR: 6
Reply 25, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5411 times:

About a month after 9/11 I was on a UA flight from PDX to DEN to attend a relative's funeral. There were about 10 or so members of my family on the flight and we all sat together just behind the wing. 4 adults and the rest small children. A male member of our party insisted on sitting on the aisle so he and another passenger swapped seats and he ended up sitting directly across the aisle from me. Before we took off he gave me his own security briefing that went something like this: "If we see any *terrorists* you take lead and I'll follow. You'll be the diversion and I'll do the takedown and neutralize them with these." And he pulled out two toothbrushes out of his sock. They had been filed down and sharpened like prison shanks. He said that if worse came to worse he could sneak back to the lav and insert them up his keister until we needed to use them when the terrorists weren't looking.

He remained vigilant throughout the entire flight and eyed anyone that stood up to use the lav or to stretch. On the return flight a week later he gave me the same briefing.

He's a regular guy with a regular job and a regular family but there was no way any terrorists had a chance when he had his sharpened toothbrushes on that flight.



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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6365 posts, RR: 32
Reply 26, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
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Quoting KBJCpilot (Reply 25):
He's a regular guy with a regular job and a regular family but there was no way any terrorists had a chance when he had his sharpened toothbrushes on that flight.

Nice family, I suppose...

Mine? I keep away from them, 8.5 hrs flight time away.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 27, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

Quoting KBJCpilot (Reply 25):
He's a regular guy with a regular job and a regular family but there was no way any terrorists had a chance when he had his sharpened toothbrushes on that flight.

That sounds as though it's straight out of a stand-up comedy act.   



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User currently offlinecopenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 599 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5183 times:

Flying Cubana, but on a leased plane, CPH-LGW-HAV-CPH.

If I remember corretly is was on an old DC-10 or MD11.
When we took of from CPH, the airplane shaked terrible and water from somewhere hit my head.
The FA were so tired, that they almost slept in their seats while taking of. They flew HAV-CPH-LGW.
So we got new FA in LGW.
The Cuban rum flowed almost freely.
When we approached Havana the flightmap on the screen showed that we crossed back and forth over the South Pole.
I have never heard so many passengers laughing on an airplane.

What was not so funny was flying CPH-Barcelona on Spanair, two days after the terrible Spanair crash in Madrid that killed 150 people.
My friend and I discussed if we should take the trip, but I convinced him that it would be very unlikely that a new accident would happen.
The ambience was very low and the FA wear black bands.
When we had landed the captain came on the speakers and thanked us for flying with them in this difficult time.
When we returned it was clear that they lacked the plane because we were flying on a leased airplane from Air Baltic.

[Edited 2012-10-21 10:06:31]

[Edited 2012-10-21 10:08:33]

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7215 posts, RR: 9
Reply 29, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5154 times:

One thing that came to mind was flying DCA-MIA. While in college in D.C. I took this flight a lot about once every 6 weeks or so. I usually flew out in the evenings an me being me I always showed up way too early to enjoy the views and have some dinner before a flight. There is something about eating dinner at an airport I enjoy.

Anyway I went to my usual place for terminal C in DCA fudruckers. I took my window seat and the guy sitting next to me says, "looked like you really enjoyed that burger for dinner. Must have been pretty good." I said yes and did not speak a word to the guy the rest of the flight. The guy watched me eat and then remembers who I was? A little odd.

Another semi odd thing happened to me two weeks ago I flew FLL-LAX-SLC-DFW-FLL on every single one of those flights I had the seat next to me either an aisle or middle seat empty. Even though all but one of the flights must have had a 85-90% flight load. I enjoyed the extra space a lot of course.



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