FlyBoeing
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Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Wed May 17, 2000 10:30 pm

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?
 
airman99o
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Wed May 17, 2000 11:12 pm

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!!

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Cody
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Wed May 17, 2000 11:36 pm

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.
 
JetService
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:25 am

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!"
 
AmtrakGuy
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:32 am

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
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:42 am

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.
 
Samurai 777
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 1:35 am

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.
 
killjoy
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 1:51 am

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  
 
aa737
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 2:08 am

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.
 
ZRH
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 3:05 am

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

Thu May 18, 2000 4:03 am

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
 
Matt D
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Ever Try The Fruit Roll?

Thu May 18, 2000 5:05 am

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.
 
John G
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 5:07 am

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

RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 7:57 am

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!
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 8:03 am

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!  
 
v jet
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 8:09 am

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.
 
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Matt D

Thu May 18, 2000 8:17 am

I think I may have been on a flight with you once!
Matt C
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 8:32 am

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!  
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 8:42 am

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
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:20 pm

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!!
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:34 pm

A for sure way to get sued.
 
DeltaRNOmd-80
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 12:44 pm

Thanks for the ideas, I havent done this before, but maybe I will try on June 18 from DL flight RNO-DFW-JAX.
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Thu May 18, 2000 8:16 pm

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?
 
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MEA-707

Fri May 19, 2000 4:34 am

"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.)
 
Buff
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Fri May 19, 2000 7:44 am

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
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Fri May 19, 2000 9:00 am

My girlfriend hates flying. She cant seem to understand why once graduating from highschool I want to pursue a professional pilot career. Anyway, she has only flown once round trip, from New York to San Juan Puerto Rico when she was 7 on Carnival Airlines (oh sheesh!! no wonder why) 727-200 I believe. But I keep trying to tell her good stories about flying, like when we sit outside somenights, a plane will fly over my house on its way to SWF or EWR/LGA/JFK and I will comment to her, how this plane is safely making its way to its destination. So I try not to scare her, but I remember one Delta flight, a 767 from Orlando to Atlanta, upon departure, we were just beginning our climb, when they began retracting flaps, and there was a horrible screeching grinding noise that got everyone in a tizzy... (it was right after TWA 800) But other than that, we went up, we went down safely, and that was that.

 
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Promote Aviation, Don't Kill It!

Fri May 19, 2000 7:07 pm

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, and initially was saddened and dismayed with the responses. As a flight attendant I deal with frightened pax on a regular basis who are travelling because they have to, not because they want to. The fear of flying is for them a real and terrifying experience. Sometimes fears can be allayed by talking and giving explanations for the things the pax will see and hear during the flight. At other times the pax will admit that they can rationalise everything however they are overwhelmned by panic which they cannot control. These people really suffer. The fear, embarassment and mental anguish is genuine. Personally I cannot find pleasure in hurting anything or anyone. Life is too short and too precious to go about making misery for others. My hope is that the folk who unwittingly have found 'fun' in frightening other pax will stop to spare a thought for their fellow human beings. We all have an archilles heel to bear and none of us like to be in a situation where we are mocked, frightened or made to bear the brunt of an unkind joke for example. Don't ever lose your sense of fun guys (and girls) but think of the consequences before you act. Try to instill in others our love of aviation, not kill it dead.
 
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Buff & Tanguy

Sat May 20, 2000 12:20 am

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's health and/or safety. As a fellow crew member I support the wisdom you each have expressed here. Kudos!
 
Samurai 777
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 8:22 am

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 especially where terrorism, bombs and weapons are concerned. I see signs in security areas in Canadian airports warning that joking or making other comments about bombs and weapons can lead to arrest by the police! I wouldn't be surprised to see the same thing done in US and European airports, where they take security measures very seriously.

Also, those who make pranks or jokes to scare others are often highly inconsiderate of others who are already afraid to fly or hate flying. It's bad enough for any airline to lose passengers or for other passengers to get pissed off because their flight got held up or have to evacuate a terminal just because the security people took the words of a prankster seriously.

Remember when ORD had to have at least one of its major terminals evacuated - that's 30,000 people, because a man with a gun slipped by security and couldn't be found. This happened last year. Now imagine that with a prankster who happens to be totally unarmed!
 
ual757
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 9:49 am

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 careful when calling him across the terminal "hi, Jack!" seriously, we did this a few times before realizing what we were saying...  
 
FlyBoeing
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 10:51 am

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. That's really really bad. Obviously you ought not to inspire panic.

All of these statements have to be delivered in a theatrical and overacting manner. And then you HAVE to laugh to illustrate that the whole thing was a joke. Because you're going on the plane you just made a joke about.

I mean, where did gallows humor go? Fatalistic humor is one of the best sorts.
 
goingboeing
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 11:30 am

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 pants should their flight encounter something unexpected. I believe that they would then rather not be reminded of the incident with this "gallows humor".
 
Samurai 777
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To Fjnovak1

Sat May 20, 2000 1:26 pm

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 the east, over the Georgia Strait. It's also even more amazing when the plane, especially a 737, banks sharply over the water on approach or takeoff, and you're looking almost straight down out of the window!
 
Samurai 777
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Correction To The Above Post

Sat May 20, 2000 1:30 pm

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. YVR is bordered by the Georgia Strait to the west.
 
haanz
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 1:46 pm

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 his baggage - at London Heathrow. Needless to say that he was arrested and searched/interrogated/fined you name it.

For the sake of other passengers' safety and comfort - don't do that - we've seen enough accidents as it is.

How many of you guys are afraid of water... would you particulary like it if I (as a part of your physical therapy which you do because you have to, not because you want to) tossed you into the hydrotherapy pool without considering the fact that the idea of being submerged in water scared you shitless??
 
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 2:06 pm

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 killed by your actions it's an automatic death sentence here in the US, Certain South American and Middle Eastern countries. The Port Authority Police of NY and NJ don't joke around as they will immediatly storm the plane and will not hesitate to pull you off wether your plane is at the gate or at the runway ready to take off. So don't do it!!!
"FUIMUS"
 
Guest

RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sat May 20, 2000 2:28 pm

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 to do that when going through turbulance or rough approach and landing.

Craig M
Corning CA USA
 
Chiuaua
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sun May 21, 2000 4:19 am

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 Maintenance we liked to scare the crew a little bit, when they were entering the aircraft. They also did it to us, when we were entering the aircraft after a flight, thay would tell us nasty defects, which could delay the plane and gave us the nerves.
 
dannyboy
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RE: Do You Like To Scare Other Passengers?

Sun May 21, 2000 12:02 pm

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.