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Any Embarrassing Moments Onboard?  
User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 2948 times:

Have you ever done something inflight that was embarrassing to yourself? I was on a UA RJ flight from CLE-IAD a few months ago, and towards the end of the flight I got up to use the restroom. The forward light wasn't on, indicating the lavatory was not occupied, so I just got up and walked back. When I got back I went to open the door, not thinking anything of it being closed. The door sign also indicated it was vacant. I opened the door and there was a lady finishing her business. I closed it right away. I don't know why I didn't knock, I guess I shouldn't rely on others to lock the door for the occupied indicators to appear.

What makes it worse is that there was a younger girl my age in the seat directly across from the lavatory, and right before I opened the door, she told me someone was in there...I heard words, but didn't know she was talking to me, and didn't put those words into context until after the incident, so I felt real dumb and embarrassed. Upon exiting the lavatory, I apologized, and the woman said "No, I apologize, I can't believe I forgot the lock the door." She was very nice about it. I still considered it to be quite embarrassing even though I didn't see anything explicit (thank god.) I know it's not a disturbing...life altering incident, but how foolish can you make yourself on a CRJ or any plane for that matter.

Anyone else?

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User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month ago) and read 2925 times:

I wasn't on the plane but one night on my frq. at work I overheard a transmission between an A/C and their ops in I think IAD or DCA. It seems that a young lady in her late 20's just got off a flight from Spain and brought back with her more than just photos and memories. As the Capt. began to describe in detail that she was in the lav with explosive diarrhea. A doctor was on board and was tending to her and passed onto the Capt that she wanted the A/C deplaned before the medics came onboard. The signal faded out and I missed the rest of the transmission.

User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1083 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month ago) and read 2925 times:

I just started working for a large package tour operator, and we got free stand-by tickets on our charter airlines. My first trip was CGN-FNC-PXO-CGN. After boarding in FNC the flight attendant said over the intercom: "The PAD please indentify yourself to a cabin crew member". I had no idea what PAD meant at that time, so I didn't do anything. A few minutes later they said "The person with the free ticket please identify yourself to the cabin crew". I blushed and when I waved a flight attendant over, everybody looked at me and started mumbling as to why I got a free ticket. I would have loved to just disappear. The reason for the call was just that stand-by's are not planned for (obviously), and they had no warm meal for me... And by the way: The flight attendant was really nice and told me that PAD means "Passenger Available for Disembarkation"...

User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2613 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month ago) and read 2920 times:

A couple years ago, I was flying home from my flight instructor's wedding, onboard an AA MD-83Z(ex-TW) from STL-SAN. It was twilight, and I thought I could get a nice picture of the wing and the city lights, but my old little camera was not too advanced, so when I clicked.....BAM! The whole cabin lit up because of it...I ducked down and put the camera away very quickly. I recall hearing many people's voices afterwards, and the flight attendants even looked a little worried. Oops!

One more. Back in 2002, the day after Christmas, I had a flying lesson scheduled for that evening. I woke up the next day not feeling so hot but I thought it would pass. By the time we got to the airport, I felt better and my flight instructor was kind enough to have brought a can of Pringles for me to munch on while we preflighted and so on. So, I polished off the can, and we climbed in, my two uncles in the back seats of the 172 all strapped in and ready to go. We took off from MYF and headed up the coast towards CRQ. As we neared the airport she asked why I hadnt contacted the tower, to which I replied:
"I don't feel good."
"Open the window, just incase" she responded, so I did...

...no sooner had I opened the window did I feel all of the Pringles, and previous nights dinner(Christmas dinner!) come back up...and into the 120kt. slipstream it went. Now. Theres something you have to understand about the slipstream of a 172. It appears that if vomit is expelled from the front left seat, the slipstream created by the propeller will deliver it directly to the person sitting in the left rear seat....said person being my uncle. Needless to say my other uncle was cowering against the right side of the plane trying to escape the airborne puke, and my poor uncle stuck directly behind me was getting covered. We turned the aircraft around and landed ASAP, where the plane was cleaned and I was able to relieve myself further.

Luckily, everybody was in good spirits and understood that I was sick, but to this day I always get the...."need a barf bag this flight Erik...or a...watch the slipstream Pringles!". Oh well, everybody was ok and we all laugh about it now.

Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7526 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

It wasn't so embarassing for me but when I was onboard an SQ flight I went to the toilet, I had locked the door and had just pulled my manhood out of my jeans to go for a piss (luckily I hadn't started yet) when a pretty young FA inadvertently unlocked the door with her key and opened the door - she saw me apologised, and hurredly shut the door again. But she gave me special service for the rest of the flight..

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2697 times:
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Many years ago I was flying London-Lusaka on a Caledonian/BUA VC-10 (I did say many years ago LOL), I was about 11 at the time and flying with my parents and 2 younger sisters (parents in the row in front).

Anyway, before take off my mother had got us headphones to keep us occupied, and you know how you tend to talk louder with headphones on..... the flight attendants were handing out the hot towels (YES a long time ago!) I turned to my eldest sister and shouted "hey they're handing out sanitary towels!" OOPS.... my mother gave me a glare from hell and my dad collapsed with laughter which didn't get him any better a look!

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

Adam, which airline were you on, because i did the same thing on a aouthwet flight

User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

sorry a Southwest flight

User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2592 times:


MORE TEXT...........................

Texas: You'll come for the Alamo, You'll stay because you were wrongfully executed. - Conan O'Brian State Quarters
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Last year on an easyJet flight I was sat near the back of the plane. The toilets at the back weren't working, so I went all the way to the front.

When it came to washing my hands, the water splashed everywhere - all over my t-shirt, all over my trousers. There was a queue outside so I quickly tried really really hard to make the water less noticeable, but failed. Miserably. So I had to walk quickly to the back of the plane getting a few glances off people..  Silly


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19349 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

I am probably going back 10 years or so, but when I was a much younger (am 22 now) I was very inquisitive - VERY. One example of this in action was onboard a flight (can't remember where to and from where) where I pressed the 'emergency' button in the toilet to see what happened. Oooops. LOL.  Silly

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

haha, what did the F/A say Pe@rson?

User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 808 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2531 times:

When I was 5 or 6, I was coming back from a trip from ATL.
I had just landed in SEA and was proceeding to my next flight to YVR.
While doing so, I was following my parents just shouting
to the top of my lungs all the reasons that I thought
Alaska was way better than Delta. Secretly, my parents had
slipped away behind me, without me noticing,
so I was just shouting at this perfect stranger.
Turns out he was a Delta employee!
YIKES!  Wow!

Devon embarrassed 

Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

I took my wife for a flight soon after I got my PPL. Ever since I started she had wanted me to take her whale watching from above. To maximize viewing opportunities I was making circles and eights at 500 ft over the ocean when she pulled out a bag and vomited. I felt like a rotten hubby/pilot making my poor (pregnant) wife sick, but she finally confided in me she had been sick in the afternoons lately regardless. Whew!
Thank goodness she had a bag! We had gotten airborne later than planned and the folks who booked the plane right after us were a touch antsy at us being late getting back. They'd have been fumed had we needed to "defume!"

User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

About two weeks ago, I flew with some friends in an aircraft I had not flown a lot (first flight PIC with PAX that day on that aircraft).

We went to land in LFON (Dreux, not far from Paris), and I was very happy with me as I brought the aircraft in a very smooth and stable finals, and greased a perfect landing.

Upon exiting the runway, I turned towards the PAX in the rear seat... just to see one of them filling a bag...

(afterwards, I learned the lady was also sick in trains, but still... making a PAX vomit sucks).



User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6951 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Only one for me was going to my brother's wedding #2 with granny, MAN-ATL-SAV. With the ATL-SAV sector being short, they get to cruise and then start descending, there wasn't enough time for the drinks trolley to do all the plane. Anyway they stopped handing out the cokes before they got to granny and boy was she p*ssed off. So she starts shouting down the cabin, "I want my drink... I've paid for it in the ticket... give me a drink". Sitting next to her at the time I said we'd be landing soon and you can have a drink in the airport, but no, she wanted her small can of Coke.

There's never a hole in the floor when you want one is there?

wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineTatTVC From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

(My first post! Big grin)

The most embarrassing moment for me that I can remember would be on my last flight, TVC-DTW-CDC and CDC-DTW-TVC. It was really at the gate, but is was still bad. Anyway, the flight over went great, as was my whole visit in France. Upon arriving in DTW from CDC at 5:00PM on NW49 (but it felt like 11:00 because of the time change), my class, my teachers and I were dead tired, and we had to go through customs and immigration. So I look at the next ticket for DTW-TVC, leaving at 7:15 (1:15AM French Time), and it says I am in 4-D, leaving from A50 (we were on NW). So I think "oh thank god we're not on a Saab of CRJ, and wow, I'm in first class!" (NOT to Insult CRJs or Saabs. The noise gets a little hard after an 8 hour flight and with the time change!), but when we arrive at the gate, it is, sure enough, a Saab. So I get permission to go buy earplugs and some sugary gum to keep awake. Now I am mad at NW (without reason, I know) beause of the Saab and being in coach. We finally board (at 2:00AM, Paris Time), and as I show my ticket, the gate agent sees my fragile duffel bag AND my backpack. Both are tiny, but she says I will have to check my small duffel. Since it has much chocolate and fragile gifts, I argue. (Me: "Are you sure there is no way this can go in the cabin?" "No, you will have to claim check it" "There are fragile things in here" "You can take them out and put them in your other bag"
(My other bag was full anyway)"Everything in here is fragile" "What is it?" "Fragile Food".) I finally gave up and let them check it. It turned out that it made it fine, but my classmates behind me said the gate agent was snickering and I had made a complete fool out of myself. Whew. Talk about making a short story long!


"Your time is limited- don't waste it living someone else's life" -Steve Jobs
User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 4):
...had just pulled my manhood out of my jeans to go for a piss (luckily I hadn't started yet) when a pretty young FA inadvertently unlocked the door with her key and opened the door...she gave me special service for the rest of the flight..

Probably thought "that's small" and felt sorry for you!  Wink

I did walk in on a toilet whose occupant hadn't locked the door. Their own fault, so I didn't feel the need to apologise! Next time try the lever that says "lock"...

Geoff M.

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Only a couple of stupid embarrassing experiences that I have encountered whilst flying!

One of them was on my 2nd flight of the year in 2004, on board a BA 737-400. I was flying MAN-LGW and the drinks & meals started to come around, I only wanted a can of coke as I had just had a curry a few hours before hand with fellow forum user MYT332. I had my coke on my tray, in a cup with ice and for some reason my knee just shot up in the air, knocking my cup all over the person next to me and all over my lap!! To make things worse, this girl I was sat next to was extremely attractive!  blush 

The second most embarrassing moments was just last month, flying LHR-LAX on VS. We were sat in 38A and 38B, which is the emergency exit row with loads of leg room. I lent forward and snapped a shot of the other side of the aircraft, when two very fine attractive girls walked into the frame on their way into the on board lavatories they were in the shot and one of the girls was staring directly at me. Now something that was soo innocent, turned into something very embarrassing!  blush 

I even have the shot here for the second one:

Justin  Smile

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7526 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 17):
Next time try the lever that says "lock"...

I did, The FA unlocked it with her master key....she still had it in her hand when she opened the door.

User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2420 times:

Oh I forgot...last august US PHL-FCO in Envoy class. After 3 or 4 heinekens I had to piss like you know what...Unlike coach, I couldn't just slide right out under my tray table, I had to actually lift my tray table, which was filled with my dinner on it. I had the flight attendant come over and hold the tray so I could get out, and upon doing so I spilt my beer over the center council...It made me look very foolish to the middle aged business man I was sitting next to. On my return I made sure to use the restroom before the meal was served.


Texas: You'll come for the Alamo, You'll stay because you were wrongfully executed. - Conan O'Brian State Quarters
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2468 times:

Well, from the age of 4-10 every flight I was on I would spill ginger-ale ALL over myself. Luckily I've pretty much gotten over that. =P

Oh and just a sidenote here with the lavatory keys and door thing lol: if you look on the lavatory door there's a little metal plate that says "Lavatory". Well, There's a little spring/hinge kinda thing on it. When you flip it up you can unlock the door from the outside.  Smile A CO flight attendant ("Deren") taught me that haha.

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