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Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?  
User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Sometimes a bit of shame bugs me after I do this, but it's too much fun to quit.

Prior to any flights on a DC-10, I like to point at the aircraft from the terminal and say "Mom, did you know when you booked these tickets that you got us on the aircraft whose baggage doors, if closed improperly, could cause the fuselage to BURST LIKE A BALLOON AT THIRTY THOUSAND FEET?" At that point some passengers either bail out or go through that flight scared shitless.

Or alternatively, on an A320:
"Mom, you got us on the airplane whose computerized flight controls once RANDOMLY FLEW THE AIRCRAFT AT TWO HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR INTO THE GROUND!"

And I just love it when we fly 737s....

Any similar stories?

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User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

You are nuts!! But sounds like a bit of fun! Sure I supouse that it would be really nasty to do but I can just imagine the looks that you get from the other passengers!! My brothers did that to me once when we were flying into STL. This is when TWA was being hijacked all the time in the 80's and they said that we were going to be flying on it!! I totally freaked out and made quite a scene in ORD. To put it mildly my mother freaked out at my two brothers and she then made the scene at the Air port!! We ended up flying American Airlines!! OH JOY!!

Airman99o



Safety is Everyones Responsibility.
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

When I was a little kid, my sister and my cousin tried to scare me half to death while boarding and Eastern L1011 and while we were in the air on board it. They kept saying, "you know this plane is haunted don't you?" My cousin would say, "I was just in the bathrrom and I saw a face in the mirror looking back out of me." It was not a fun trip.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

I once overheard a nervous passenger ask one of her family members what "that noise was", referring to the whining of the flaps at approach. The family mamber calmly replied, "That's just the sound of the pilot trying to restart the engines." I just about pissed myself laughing.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineAmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

My sister HATES flying...one day she flew up to attend my college graduation and there was a problem with the landing gear on a 727...so the plane had to fly over the airport a few times for the controller to check if the landing gear was down...anyway, I knew about it and told my father and I laughed so hard and he didn't like my laughing and when her plane landed safe, I was still laughing and my sister was so white as a sheet coming off the plane. She never flew again after went home.
Dave


User currently offlineCatfan From United States of America, joined May 2000, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

On my very first flight, which was on a Delta DC9, my dad said to me while looking at the plane before boarding, "Look at that duct tape they have on the wing, holding it together." I frantically rushed to the window so I could look. Of course, my dad was laughing hysterically. He said that he was trying to ease my tension a bit.

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2567 times:

Just after my family and I boarded a Wardair 747-200 at YEG bound for HNL about eleven years ago, I once made a comment to my mom that the 747 we were sitting was at least 26 years old! She didn't exactly freak out, but I could tell she had chills coming down her spine and her hair standing on end! Besides, DC-10s make her nervous, too.

User currently offlineKilljoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2561 times:

I've never scared anyone on purpose, but it's fun to listen to the less informed talking to their even less informed friends.

Once on an MD-80 landing I heard someone scream "The wing's leaking!" when the wing started leaving a trail of water vapor after it  


User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2555 times:

I always do this to my sister. She doesn't mind flying, we do it a lot, but I always tell her stories of previous plane crashes of the same type, like the baggage door on the DC-10. She also doesn't like the noise of the flaps/gear coming down on landing, so I tell her stuff like "Thats just the baggage door opening and our stuff falling down to the ground" She gets really pissed at me and once landing in DEN I told her so much that my mom even started getting mad at me.

When I read the airdisaster books by MacArthur Job (I think thats how his name is spelt) I like to show her the pictures. She freaks seeing those.


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

Hey Kid
This isn't very funny. I hope you stop it when you passed puberty.


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Another thing that my friend does when he is at work at YYZ, is meet the plane at the gate, and as the passengers get off he says welcome to montreal, or Welcome to Vancouver. Similarly when they are boarding he tells them that he hopes they like their trip to siberia, or some other place where people are afraid to go.....I thought that was funny


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Here's one I'm guilty of having done a few times. Before you get to the airport, stop off at the food store, and buy a bag of apples. Then if you can do it without being too obvious, place the apples at various strategic points in the cabin where they are not likely to be seen by the passengers. When the plane lifts off, all of the apples will roll to the back of the plane. You have any idea what a dozen apples rolling down the aisle and crashing into the rear bulkhead sounds like? The sound, rumble and crashing sound coming from an indeterminate source, and the worried looks from the other pax makes for a great giggle.
Works even better if you can smuggle a canteloupe on board.
Want to annoy passengers in a big way? When the person in front of you and the f/a's aren't looking, reach up and hit the call button in the row above the person in front of you. It'll take them by surprise. Especially when the f/a comes and the person doesn't know why.


User currently offlineJohn G From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

Easier. more efficient than all these:
Take your seat on a BA flight and then start speaking loudly in Irish.


User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

I'm guilty by association, and one time I was just feeling mean.
One time I was flying with a friend, and we were next in line in MSP behind a NW 747-200 on landing. I looked up, and once I was able to make out the a/c, I told my friend to look up, and then casually mentioned that that was a 747, and sometimes at high speed to airflow off of its wings was powerful enough to blow smaller aircraft like, oh, I don't know, our DHC-8, clear onto their side. She almost wet her pants when it blew by us on landing.  
And once my dumb sister decided, on an ValuJet DC-9 flight between JAX and ATL, to look back at the engines. She has very little knowledge of how turbofans work, and when she saw in inlet guide vanes not spinning, she screamed out, "WHY'S THE LEFT ENGINE OFF???" This was very shortly after the ValuJet crash, so naturally everyone on our side of the plane jumped up and looked out the windows to see what was going on. I had to explain it to her in great detail once we landed, but she couldn't have picked a worse point in time to scream about the engine being off!


User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

About 5 years ago, I flew on Comair Canadair Reg'l jet from IND to CVG. When the plane starts to descent and the spoiler up make loud. I was seat on window left side. The eldery woman was next to me and her husband is on the same row the right seat window side. He just scared and he said, hey it's going to down the plane now! The wife slapped his arm said, "Shut up! It's not going to crash!". I kept cool myself. When I got off the plane and I laughed! Oh my god! What the earth he is saying that!  


User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Hate to be the killjoy here but you need to grow up. There are some people as you all would probably know that are very scared of flying. Put yourself in their shoes for just one minute and think about how your pranks would affect you. Most people here are probably not worried by flying but as I say just consider the feelings of those who are not as confident as us.


User currently offlineTwa747100 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

I think I may have been on a flight with you once!
Matt C


User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

About 5 years ago, I flew on Comair Canadair Reg'l jet from IND to CVG. When the plane starts to descent and the spoiler up make loud. I was seat on window left side. The eldery woman was next to me and her husband is on the same row the right seat window side. He just scared and he said, hey it's going to down the plane now! The wife slapped his arm said, "Shut up! It's not going to crash!". I kept cool myself. When I got off the plane and I laughed! Oh my god! What the earth he is saying that!  


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

Last summer when I was on a CHina Eastern MD11 we hit a large air pocket that was part of the remnence of a typhoon, on a flight from Shanghai to Seoul, right after that, just for fun I pulled the seat belt strap tighter and turnned to my friend who was very worried at this point, and did not notice the reason why the airplane suddenly dropped, and said You know this is the same type of airplane that was involved in the Swissair Crash....I got a good smack for that one, as you can imagine......


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineFjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Back when I lived in San Francisco and would go to Detroit to visit relatives who live in the suburbs of Detroit (where I now live), sometimes I'd get the Northwest DC-10 flight back to SF, the one that continues to HNL (there's only one DC10 daily on the DTW-SFO route, the remainder are 757s or 320s). Occaisionally, you'd be sitting next to the passenger who hasn't ever been to San Francisco, and on a foogy day one time I was sitting next to such a person, and the airport was relatively foggy. Once we descended below 1000 feet and below the fog, he noticed that the plane appeared to be descending into the bay. I explained to him that since SFO is so cramped they land the flights in the bay and tow the passengers in on rubber rafts. Of course he knew I was joking, but anyone that has flown into SFO knows that it almost looks like you will hit the water, a split second before the edge of the runway kicks in under the plane. This is especailly fun in a bouncy DC-10!


Go Blue!!
User currently offlineLBSteve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

A for sure way to get sued.

User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Thanks for the ideas, I havent done this before, but maybe I will try on June 18 from DL flight RNO-DFW-JAX.

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Hm, not very nice of you to scare people out of planes. I must admit I did it for once, by accident. In the airport, waiting to board a 727, I was enjoying myself reading a book about airplane accidents. The front cover the well known dramatic photo of a crashing PSA 727. A lady who was waiting in front of me, watched at the cover and then started crying hysterically.... I put the book away, but had a laugh later on about it.


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineKilljoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

"In the airport, waiting to board a 727, I was enjoying myself reading a book about airplane accidents."

Do you people ever really stop to think about just how weird we are  

(I do this too, by the way.)


User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

This is just my opinion, and I don't really need to lighten up for when someone suggests it.

To let a bunch of apples roll around the floor of an aeroplane as suggested above (planting similar ideas in countless other immature minds to boot), would have you in a federal prison if you did it on my flight.

How would your conscience let you continue in this life in the event of an emergency evacuation and people couldn't get out because of falling on these loose projectiles, burning to death in the process? Or a flight attendant falls on one or several and breaks a leg or worse? Or some little kid picks one up and starts to eat the now bacteria ridden thing? (Carpets on airplanes get thrown up on, pee-ed upon, crapped upon, bled upon - and they don't get disinfected very often, if ever.)

It's bad enough with the amount of carry-on items in the cabin to further contaminate the evacuation routes.

Sorry, I just don't have a sense of humour for most of the content of this thread. 90% of people who fly don't want or like to fly. 10% of those are scared to death anyway causing anxiety attacks, rudeness, excessive drinking or even heart attacks.

Why would any sane, mature, responsible person want to increase those numbers?

Best Regards,

Buff


25 Jsheldon : My girlfriend hates flying. She cant seem to understand why once graduating from highschool I want to pursue a professional pilot career. Anyway, she
26 Tanguy : Thank you ZRH, V Jet, and Buff for bringing to this topic a sense of reality. I read the entire list of replies, from a professional point of view, an
27 Flygirl : Thank you both for your words of reason on such an immature thread. I am one of the first to enjoy a joke or a prank but never at the cost of someone'
28 Samurai 777 : To tell you the truth, deliberately scaring other paasengers can be illegal! You could get seriously fined, or worse, even go to jail. This is especia
29 Post contains images Ual757 : kind of like my friend who happened to be named Jack. During lunch at IAD we'd go in the B terminal for Burger King and Starbucks, and you have to be
30 FlyBoeing : Guys.... scaring other passengers with threats is illegal. I was just talking about yanking the chain of fear of flying, not fear of getting hijacked.
31 Goingboeing : Just a thought - those who get a good chuckle out of scaring the pants off a fearful flyer are also probobly would be the first ones to sh*t their pan
32 Samurai 777 : About the low approach over water at SFO, the same thing does happen on the approach to YVR! This will occur if the plane has been approaching from th
33 Samurai 777 : Where I said "approaching from the east" - that should've been from the west! The geography is simple, especially to those who have flown into YVR. YV
34 HaanZ : Thanks both flight attendants for giving your points. On BBCs "Airport" once, there was a section on an American traveller who joked about a bomb in h
35 VirginA340 : I would advise not to scare passengers or crew by playing these immature pranks such as fake bomb threats or to hiack the plane. If someone were to be
36 CMul : One thing I did that was kind of mean was acting like I was the pilot saying "Oh my God it didn't look like this in the flight simulator!" It is fun t
37 Chiuaua : The only persons I like to scare are relatives of me. I always do this with a smile and they do know I'm joking them. When I was doing Line Maintenanc
38 Dannyboy : Well, Buff couldn't have said it any better. Don't try that crap on one of my flights, you won't be too impressed with the results.
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