Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8434 posts, RR: 54 Posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2776 times:
Anyone hear about the BA flight back from the US where the captain came on the PA and announced that Princess Diana had died? It happened in Paris about 5am so most eastbound flights were halfway across. On this BA flight, the captain made a PA thinking it would be of mild interest, or more likely didn't really think about it at all.
According to a flight attendent on another site, the announcement was met by shrieks of horror and grief, and people started rushing to the toilets to be sick. Not every single one, but LOADS apparently. Enough to put one vomiting, grief-stricken middle England housewife in each toilet. A couple of people who couldn't make it, either due to distance or already occupied, threw up in the cabin on other passengers who also started to be sick. All the while still people sobbing, a few screams etc. And an unbelievable smell, presumably.
How about that for a poorly judged PA? It makes "Welcome to Palestine" / "The good news is that we made a perfect takeoff" look like "Welcome to Baltimore, the local time is 4.58pm and the temperature is 18 degrees. Thanks for flying with us."
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HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 2630 times:
I understand that Diana was a very important figure in England and what happened to her was unfortunate.
Even over here in the states it was huge news, but what made me sick was the fact that Mother Theresa died around the same time and she was overshadowed by Diana and no one paid attention. I am sorry, but I think Mother Theresa did a lot more for people and should have been more newsworthy than Diana.
What happened on that flight is rediculous- people running to puke. I could understand crying, but why puking? I didn't hear of such cases happening on American flights on 9-11
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
I thought that after the 9/11 attacks, once the airspace was shut down and all flights were diverted, the passengers were not told the reason for the diversion until after they were on the ground, to reduce panic???
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Edina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 773 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2433 times:
No PA announcements were made on 9/11 until after landing, to reduce hysteria firstly & secondly & probably more importantly nobody in the air knew much about what was going on & whether any more aircraft were involved etc......all aircraft in the air were still deemed to be at risk.passengers & crew alike would have reacted very differently if they would have known all the facts at the time.
Princess Diana was a different situation entirely......I was in the air too at this time, working back from NBO & pax were told as part of the wake up PA before landing after the night flight. Funnily enough the most visible outpouring of grief came from the large American (Abercrombie & Kent I think...) tour group who had just come back from safari......the Brits were pretty neutral. Whilst this was a sad occasion it wasn't in any way a panic inducing situation.
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Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
Mother T. was an elderly woman, and her death, while a great loss, was not a shock nor tragic. The world press was carrying news of the death, not the life. No doubt, Mother T. had a more important life.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33992 posts, RR: 70
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
The Sept 11 coverage was shown live on Jetblues DirectTV system wasnt it ?
Yes, that is true. Those who happened to be watching Headline News and MSNBC or any other new channel did see exactly what was going on. It is jetBlue's policy to never censor anything airing on thier LiveTV programming.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
We arrived back in Perth from Singapore the day Princess Diana died. There was a British sporting team (cricket, I think - can't remember) on the flight, and they were talking about it at the baggage carousel. Apparently a FA had told one of the team the news just before landing, but no PA announcements were made.
Australian domestic airlines often give major sporting results.
Dulles From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1706 times:
An acquaintance of mine was on a plane flying from Washington to Las Vegas on the 9/11 morning, and they were diverted to some midwest airport. According to him, they were told in flight that the entire US airspace had been closed, but were not given a reason for it.