jamesjimlb
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Wed May 23, 2007 9:05 pm

the title says it all, what is the strangest expierence youv'e had?
mine is i got on a flight to hawaii and i fell asleep before we started to taxi.and 2 hours later i woke up and we were still parked.
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AllegiantAir
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Sun May 27, 2007 9:26 pm

Quoting JamesJimlb (Thread starter):
Strangest Expeirence Youve Had On A Plane...

My strangest(which isn't that strange at all) was when we were in PWM on the runway about to takeoff in an RJ85 (Northwest, btw) and something went wrong with it so we had to change planes.
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Mon May 28, 2007 2:21 am

1992...

my parents, my sister and I, flown to Cuba to spend our holidays in Cayo Largo, first, and Varadero the last days.

Supposed, we had to fly in a Cubana de Aviacion Airbus A310 wet-leased from TEA France. Two days before of our ongoing flight, we knew that TEA France aircraft was repossessed by the owner.

After two days in a hotel near Barajas, we got to fly to Varadero in a Cubana de Aviacion Ilyushin Il-62. Strange and wonderful experience:

- Strange because the plane made THREE stops before to arrive to VRA: stop at Lisbon to take passengers, stop at St. John's (Newfoundland) to take fuel and stop in Havana to leave passengers before to arrive to VRA and board in an Antonov AN-26 to Cayo Largo.

Supposed, the TEA France flight had to be direct from MAD to VRA...

- Wonderful because, from that day, I fell in love of any Russian airliner...

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Eagle11
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Mon May 28, 2007 2:37 am

Not really a strange one, but a frustrating one...

We're in SAN on UA getting ready for a red eye to ORD. The flight's pretty much ready to go with the boarding door closed, but the ground staff screws up some of the maintenance paperwork. The flight was already precariously close to missing the 11 pm curfew or whatever for departing from SAN, and this mix up pushed us over the edge. The captain came on and she gave us the announcement that we had missed the curfew and the flight was cancelled (she was really pissed too!). Everyone had to deplane and wait in the hour long line to rebook for the next day and get hotels, food vouchers, etc.

What a mess!

We ended up flying US through PIT the next day and got back home okay, but that entire night in SAN was definately a bad experience.
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Mon May 28, 2007 3:19 am

hmm... my strangest experience on a plane was as a kid flying on a JAL classic 747. I remember sitting at the port side window seat (after fighting for it with my dad) but dozing off only moments later. Waking up several hours into the flight amidst a total chaos. Luggage flying everywhere, people crowded in the aisles pushing and shoving each other, babies crying, people shouting at eachother. It seemed the only people actually seated in the entire airplane were my mother right next to me with my younger brother in her lap (Just like they showed on the sefty video - incase of emergency landing). My father who had ended up sitting across the isle in this 2-5-2 config. wasn't there. I looked arround frantically and couldnt see him anywhere in the total chaos.

There were rushed announcements being made in every other language but English over the PA system. Cabin lights didn't appear to be working properly as there was very little light compared to when we first took off.

From the looks on people's faces, things looked grim.

I was horrified. I got up on the seat to look around for my father. Still no where to be found. I asked my mom if she knew what had happened to him. She seemed way too calm as she told me he had went to the lav. I got up once again despite my mom yelling and forcing me to sit back down and wear my seat belt. I looked back the lavs and finally found my dad just standing there in the corner sipping on a 7up. Of all the things he is just standing there like there is nothing wrong. He saw me standing on the seat and signalled me to sit back down and fasten my belt. That was strange.

Anyways I sat back down, got my belt back on and started looking at the safety card. Apparently a major malfunction had occured since there were no oxygen masks like in the pictures. Nor was the fancy rope lighting on the floor on.

Suddenly the plane shook and the screeming got louder. The remaining cabin lights flickered. More announcements were made (none again seemed to be in english that I could understand).

I looked outside through the window and couldnt see anything accept the strobe light flashes. We were obviously going down into the sea.

Seconds later, the cabin lights were on. Flight attendents appeared out of nowhere directing people to return to their seats. The flight attendents clearly meant business as they were yelling on top of their lungs.

Slowly the aisles were cleared and people were back in their seats (most of them). My dad returned to his seat and was clearly furious at the passengers blocking the aisles preventing him from returning to his seat.

The cabin seemed to be calm now. I still had no idea what really was going on.

Moments later the plane landed at what appeared to be an isolated airstrip, as there werent much lights around. As soon as the plane touched down, passengers jumped up once again crowding the aisles in a total chaos, luggage flying all over, babies crying... you get the picture...

The plane was still slowing down, the reverse thrust had still not run its full course. People were falling as the pilot hit the brakes to slow down the plane. A woman almost fell on my mom as the plane made a turn at the end of the runway.

Once again my parents sat there calmly as I kept wondering why in the world we werent rushing to get off this plane that may be on fire judging by how fast these people want to get off of it.

It wasnt until a good half an hour that the plane was actually at a complete stop and door open. Slowly the long que of frantic passengers got moving.

We must've waited until the entire plane was evacuated. My dad calmly got up and gathered our stuff. I was thinking why we were taking so long. Forget the stuff lets get it the heck out of this plane. But no, calmly we got up gathered ourselves as my dad said his thank you's and good bye's to EACH of the crew member and apologized for all the trouble. I was confused but as long as we were inching our way towards the door it was all good.

There was this makeshift steep stair case attached to the plane. Slowly we stepped down. As we walked away from the aircraft, I noticed smoke in the air but there was no fire as I am sure in the half an hour it took us to finally deplane they had already put it out.

It was very dark around. There was military people everywhere ushering everyone into a huge barn. Inside the barn there seemed a make-shift airport operation. Strangly no one appeared to be concerned about our health or of those who were perhaps hurt in this incident.

There was the same chaos inside the barn. Random people asking for our passports and documents etc. Heated exchanges between passengers and military officials.

Anyways eventually we got out of the other end of the barn on to a gravel parking lot where amazingly we ran into people that knew us. One of them I recognized from a picture back home quickly grabbed me and put me on his shoulder. Everyone here seemed nice. They took us by car to where we were headed and the rest was all fun...


It wasn't until another flight to India that I realized this was no emergency landing... it was all normal for a flight to Delhi, India. (Old Palam Airport/Barn).



My dad still gives me hard time about the fact that for years as a kid I always thought I had survived an Air Emergency.


(Sorry for the lengthy post)



also found at: http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/...c.php?t=1446&mforum=airlinersindia
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Tue May 29, 2007 6:18 am

My strangest experience was flying AirTran from MCO-MSP in July of 2003. Just about to board our flight to MSP in Atlanta, everything stopped and people started coming off the plane that had already been half boarded. I went to the counter and asked the agent what was wrong, and was told the evacuation slide had been deployed in the jetway. So we waited another 40 minutes for an aircraft inbound from Newark to arrive and take the place of our plane. After the luggage had been transferred and everyone had boarded, we pushed back and taxied to the runway. Then the engines spooled up and we began rolling down the runway, and liftoff, maybe??? But no, engines went back to idle and we turned off the runway and back to the gate we went. Turns out, a woman travelling with a 3 year old and an infant could not controll her kids. The 3 year old was standing up in her seat during our attempted take-off roll, and despite orders from the flight attendants in the back of the 717, mother or daughter would not comply. After returning to the gate, a CSR came aboard to escort the woman and crying kids off. Meanwhile, a man sitting acroos the aisle did not like this and started cussing and swearing at the flight attendants and the CSR. He then started hollering and screaming that the only reason the plane had been stopped was because the family was Asian. As the CSR was walking off the plane past our row, I heard her ask call for security on her radio. We finally took-off for real and arrived in MSP and hour and-a-half late. It is one experience I will never forget.

Others have included wacking someone in the head with my violin case accidently, while boarding a Northwest Airlink/Pinnacle CRJ in Duluth. God Bless.
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jamesjimlb
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Tue May 29, 2007 6:52 am

Quoting Aviationnut12 (Reply 5):
My strangest experience was flying AirTran from MCO-MSP in July of 2003. Just about to board our flight to MSP in Atlanta, everything stopped and people started coming off the plane that had already been half boarded. I went to the counter and asked the agent what was wrong, and was told the evacuation slide had been deployed in the jetway. So we waited another 40 minutes for an aircraft inbound from Newark to arrive and take the place of our plane. After the luggage had been transferred and everyone had boarded, we pushed back and taxied to the runway. Then the engines spooled up and we began rolling down the runway, and liftoff, maybe??? But no, engines went back to idle and we turned off the runway and back to the gate we went. Turns out, a woman travelling with a 3 year old and an infant could not controll her kids. The 3 year old was standing up in her seat during our attempted take-off roll, and despite orders from the flight attendants in the back of the 717, mother or daughter would not comply. After returning to the gate, a CSR came aboard to escort the woman and crying kids off. Meanwhile, a man sitting acroos the aisle did not like this and started cussing and swearing at the flight attendants and the CSR. He then started hollering and screaming that the only reason the plane had been stopped was because the family was Asian. As the CSR was walking off the plane past our row, I heard her ask call for security on her radio. We finally took-off for real and arrived in MSP and hour and-a-half late. It is one experience I will never forget.

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Wed May 30, 2007 6:52 am

Last year taking a flight from ORD-LGA the airplane is just about to leave when a man very out of breath comes and sits directly behind me. The CSA closes the door and we push back, takeoff, climb out normal, when we get to cruise the pilot comes on with his little talk thanking everyone and to say our flight time to LGA is going to be such and such. Right at that moment the man behind say "sh!t what did he say, did the pilot say we are going to LGA is this some kind of joke." Since the load was light and no one was sitting next to him, I turned around and said that the plane was indeed going to LGA, where did he think it was going (in a sort of joking manner). He looks me straight in the eye and tells me he is going to SEA. I will never forget his face as long as I live, he went from cardiac arrest from running to stroke because of his rising blood pressure. He dinged the flight attendants and when one came he explains that he is suppose to be going to SEA, she laughs, and says this is not possible because of all of our advanced technology with the ticket machines. He produces his boarding card and sure enough it say is big black ink Seattle-Tacoma as destination. He said that he had tight connection and the gate information that was read to him on his in bound flight said it was for our gate. It turns out this was correct because we had a last minute gate change. I find amazing to this day of all the fail safes that had to fail to get this guy on the plane. One (his fault) not checking the monitors, Two the CSA and ticket reader, Three same equipment and that his seat was empty. We flew to LGA and I never found out what happened to him, it was on AA, and I know they have a direct flight out of JFK to SEA, but he would have to switch airports. Also I would have loved to have know if any head rolled from this, because I think the contract of carriage says they have to get him to SEA, so it should not have cost him anything but time. The most important lesson I learned and I do this regardless of my connect time every time I see a departure monitor I look to see if my flight has changed gates. A missed flight is better than going to the wrong side of the country.
 
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Wed May 30, 2007 7:58 am

Ghana Airways DC9 flight from Accra to Dakar, stopped in Abidjan, freetown, conakry and banjul.
The pilot forgot to stop in conakry...
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Wed May 30, 2007 10:33 am

Quoting Soups (Reply 8):
The pilot forgot to stop in conakry...

 Wow!  rotfl 
How did that happen?
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Wed May 30, 2007 11:42 am

We had a very last minute (at the check in table) booking on a flight in 1990 or so. It so happens the only seats available were in the 5th from last row of the plane. lets just say for about 20 minutes in there, i heard some ( A LOT ) of movement in the aft lavs behind me.... vomit 
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:44 am

Quote:
i heard some ( A LOT ) of movement in the aft lavs behind me....

 Silly lol. That Must of been strange. Did that moment scar you for live? lol.
 
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:45 am

Getting upgraded to Virgin Upper Class and then having the nicest crew all the way from London to New York.

Oh and having an aborted take off on an EK A330 at Dubai was a bit of an experience too.

[Edited 2007-06-03 03:46:59]
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:46 pm

On an EA 757 PHL-LAX in the late 80s, the door wouldn't close after we'd boarded. I'd already taken a sleeping pill, expecting it to kick in after dinner had been served.

Sometime later, I was woken up by the lady sitting next to me asking if I wanted dinner, as we were then in flight. I looked at my watch, but no time had gone by since I had fallen asleep. It was one of those "what the hell happened?" moments.

What I was told was:

1) I'd set my watch back for Pacific time just before going to sleep (I didn't remember doing that),
2) We'd been on the ground in PHL with the mechanics literally *banging* on the door with hammers for 2 hours to get it closed, but I slept through it all, and
3) I'd slept through the first hour of the flight, including taxi and takeoff.

Apparently, two rows in front and behind were taking bets on just what *would* wake me up, LOL
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:02 pm

My strangest experience was when i was meant to have a flying lesson. Before mine, the instructor took someone up to do a check ride in a PA28. The person taking the check ride also had his son who was a pilot. The plane would not start no matter how much he primed it. They then started joking about if the plane crashed it would be embarrassing as there was a student pilot (me), a PPL holder, a CPL (Instructor, night and instrument rating) and the son who had just passed his CPL (night and instrument rating). We moved to the next aircraft and it started. The jokes started hap[pening again. Being only 15, i was starting to get a bit nervous thinking why do pilots joke about crashing?' The check ride went ok nd it came to my flying lesson in a PA38. I took off and we headed south from Durham Tees Valley airport and i was st full power, climbing to 3000 feet for stalls. I then felt the aircraft lose about 750 rpm. My instructor and i looked at each other and we were thinking what the hell was that?' We turned back not declaring an emergency and landed. It turned out we had lost a magneto but the experience was strange because we had been joking about accidents. Strange.  confused 

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DeltaAVL
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:03 pm

Mine has got to be when I was flying LGA-GSP on Comair a few years ago.

My father and I, along with four other passengers, were bussed over to the remote airstand to board the Comair CRJ. There were only four other passengers on the bus. It was also pouring rain at the time. When we pulled up to the CRJ, we realized that we were going to get soaking wet going from the bus to the plane, as they didn't have ANY sort of covered walkway or anything. So we get on the plane (which the door is open to), soaking wet, and there is NOBODY on the plane. Not even a flight attendant. Confused, the six of us sat down in our respective seats. After sitting in the plane for about 30 minutes, with no flight attendant or pilots in the cabin, another bus pulls up with about 40 passengers, including the flight attendant. She was the first one off the bus and onto the plane, and as soon as she saw us she had an expression that I'll never forget.

We then told her what happened and she went up to the cockpit to speak with the pilots. Apparently the flight attendant was late and the pilots had gone to the plane without her and had opened up the door to the plane. But passengers weren't supposed to be bussed over yet. Somebody made a mistake with the bussing, and we got to the plane half an hour before we were supposed to be there. The pilots didn't even know we were there.  Smile

Anyway, that was a really weird experience. I've never been on another flight were there wasn't a flight attendant welcoming me on board.
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Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:41 am

Quoting Flavio340 (Reply 7):
I find amazing to this day of all the fail safes that had to fail to get this guy on the plane. One (his fault) not checking the monitors, Two the CSA and ticket reader, Three same equipment and that his seat was empty.

You'd be surprised how many people board incorrect flights. Numerous times I've seen the 'Welcome to ABC123 flight to XYZTown' and people have got up embarassingly, fetched their bags from the overhead lockers and marched off the plane. I'm not surprised your experience was on AA. The wife and I were departing HNL a couple of months ago and we boarded and found a guy in one of our seats. It seemed he had used his SFO-HNL boarding pass to board this aircraft and as such had taken that seat. I'm pretty sure most boarding systems are just designed to log or recognise seat numbers, not check them off against corresponding flight numbers.

If you want to take this one step further last year I was on a BA flight from Cape Town to London and my wife and I had boarded and were settled into our seats waiting for departure. A flight attendant came to my seat and asked to see my boarding pass. I retrieved it from my bag along with my passport to show it was me  Wink. She had in her hand another man's passport (with a completely different name) and an identical duplicate of my boarding pass. My seat number, same flight, same date, same frequent flyer number. Identical. This man had not only been issued this boarding pass with my name but he'd gone through security, outbound passport control, into the airline's lounge and onto the aircraft without being asked once about the discrepancy! Fortunately there was another seat in the cabin for this gentleman or else it could have been quite embarassing...I was quite amazed it happened, especially as the airport had experienced a severe power cut that morning and everything was being double checked.

Additionally I was flying BD and for some peculiar reason although my wife and I were travelling together both boarding passes had been issued in her name. We'd been through security and got as far as the airline lounge before the error had been spotted.
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Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:48 am

Not while I was on an airplane, but this experience ....

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/reports/air/...a03p0259/a03p0259.asp?print_view=1

.... was quite something!

Just to give you an idea on how interesting this was, and how more interesting this could have been, Vernon's RWY23 is only 3360ft x 75ft with a displaced threshold of 460ft. Anyway, I was outside washing my car in the drive way, and we live right under the approach path for RWY23 not even a mile from the threshold. Needless to say, when the biggest plane you are used to seeing fly into your airport are DHC-5 Buffalos or a Citation, watching an A319 perform a go around not even 1000ft above your house is quite something!


Another cool experience I had while sitting in an airplane was back in about 1998. I was sitting on the right side of a WS732 in YLW awaiting for everyone else to board for our flight to YVR. Anyway, I looked out the window, and I saw a couple of landing lights out in the distance. They looked strangely placed, so I tried guessing what kind of aircraft it could have been. I figured it was an MD80 of sorts because there were 3 lights. But when it got closer, it turned into 6 lights (3 lights across and one on top of each other). Just as the airplane go to Duck Lake, fumes of white smoke started to trail the airplane. Next thing I realized, it was the Snowbirds doing a quick fly by down the runway on their way to the Abbotsford airshow.
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Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:00 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
You'd be surprised how many people board incorrect flights. Numerous times I've seen the 'Welcome to ABC123 flight to XYZTown' and people have got up embarassingly, fetched their bags from the overhead lockers and marched off the plane.

I had a similar, yet in some ways opposite experience on my very first flight. Everyone boarded and took their seats, and the FA made the "Welcome aboard United Express flight 1234 with service to Chicago" announcement. Then after a slight pause she added "If you're not going to Chicago, you might want to deplane now." No one got up, and since it was my first flight I wasn't sure if that was a normal announcement or not. We waited for a while, and she made another announcement, "Once again, I'd like to remind you that this plane is going to Chicago."

As it turned out, the CSA noticed that someone from another flight had boarded our plane, and to further complicate things that person didn't speak much English and didn't understand the announcements the FA kept making about going to Chicago. Before I boarded there had been another group of people waiting around our gate for another flight that had been delayed several hours. My guess is this person was supposed to be on that flight, saw a bunch of people boarding, and assumed it was his flight.
 
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Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:47 am

I don't know if this is strange, inappropriate, unprofessional or what... but I had a male US Express flight attendant expose himself to me once. I tend not to sit alone in row 9 on the dash-8 anymore.
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Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:07 am

Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 19):
I don't know if this is strange, inappropriate, unprofessional or what... but I had a male US Express flight attendant expose himself to me once. I tend not to sit alone in row 9 on the dash-8 anymore.

What?!?!?

You can't be serious.
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Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:50 pm

DeltaAVL - I wish I was making it up. While I have no issues with the human body - there are better places than others for these types of things. Stuck on the plane is not one of them. I pretended to go to sleep for the rest of the flight - and I never sleep on planes. Thank god it was a short flight (PHL-SYR).
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:02 am

I have had a few sleep-walkers on flights. One of whom thought he was in the lav and proceeded to urinate on the people at the bulkhead row. They were fit-to-be-tied at best. He woke up and remained mortified of his unconscious behavior. Personally, I still laugh about it.

Another flight, I saw a 5 year old yell at his Mom that he was hungry. She proceeds to unbutton her blouse and take a tit out to feed him. He takes it and stands in the aisle sucking away till he was full. She kept talking to her friend like it was no big deal.

Another time I had a 90+ year old Jamaican man take the life raft out of "his" overhead bin. Mind you he was 4 foot nothing and hunched over. He was also the first one on the plane. I turned my back and the life raft was in the aisle and sat in his seat, smile and all.

Just a few weird things...
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:59 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
f you want to take this one step further last year I was on a BA flight from Cape Town to London and my wife and I had boarded and were settled into our seats waiting for departure. A flight attendant came to my seat and asked to see my boarding pass. I retrieved it from my bag along with my passport to show it was me . She had in her hand another man's passport (with a completely different name) and an identical duplicate of my boarding pass. My seat number, same flight, same date, same frequent flyer number. Identical. This man had not only been issued this boarding pass with my name but he'd gone through security, outbound passport control, into the airline's lounge and onto the aircraft without being asked once about the discrepancy! Fortunately there was another seat in the cabin for this gentleman or else it could have been quite embarassing...I was quite amazed it happened, especially as the airport had experienced a severe power cut that morning and everything was being double checked.

I had a similar experience, but luckily I caught it myself before I flew. I was issued my three boarding cards for my flights YYJ-YVR-YOW-YXU. Just before going through security I noticed that the ones for the Victoria-Vancouver-Ottawa legs did not have my name on it! Even more I was in Business class for the YVR-YOW leg. So I go back to the check in desks, and they give me my own boarding cards (not explaining why this has happened). THEN I notice that my baggage claim is also under this persons name. So the lady gives me just a number for baggage claim (not a coupon), she assures me that my bag is properly marked (as I had specifically asked) and I head off for my flight. Well, when I finally get to London, my bag isn't there. I finally got it 5 days later (on a 7 day trip!!!), to find that the bag tag was only checked until Ottawa, and under this other guys name. Needless to say I was not too thrilled about this!
 
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Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:45 am

In 1993 my sister and parents and I flew to Florida (I can't remember which airports but we had a layover in Chicago) and my parents got seats next to each other, but my sister and I were spread out for some reason. My sister was 4 at the time and made friends with the older couple sitting next to her. She was entertained the whole flight from Chicago to Florida by the Yahtzee game they had. I suppose that's not really all that strange, but thinking back it's rather funny.
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Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:24 am

I was a jetstar FA smile once
true story
 
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Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:58 pm

Quoting Rsg85 (Reply 25):
I was a jetstar FA smile once
true story

I thought all A.netters were human beings. I didn't know you could be a smile.  Wink

The most strange experience for me wasn't that strange... Duplicate seats (at least three, mind you) for the Bucharest-Amsterdam flight.
 
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Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane...

Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:07 pm

I once flew from MXP to ORD on Alitalia in the mid-1980s. When I boarded the B747-200 that had come from Rome, a small elderly lady was sitting in my seat. Since I didn't speak Italian (or very little of it) I went to the flight attendant to sort it out. No one on board seemed to be able to communicate with her (flight attendants or passengers). It seemed she was from a fairly remote part of Italy and only spoke in dialect. Anyhow, I took her seat (which was next to her).

As the plane was landing in Chicago, literally on final approach with flight attendants seated, this old lady gets up, grabs her bags and goes to stand by the door!!! As if she was on a train and we were entering the station! Everyone yelled out (flight attendants and passengers) "Signora, signora!!!!!". And she was quickly escorted back to her seat just as the wheels touched the ground.

And of course, once the plane was off the runway and taxiing she started to get up again, but I looked at her and sternly shook my head and said "NO!".

And then there was the engine blow-out on take-off on board a Delta B767-200 from LAX to CVG. We did an emergency landing in Las Vegas. But that's another story...
 
newagebird
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Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane...

Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:34 pm

Mine was on a UL flight out of colombo, sri lanka. Every flight id been on sri lankan, until that one had been peaceful and orderly. This time around we had a lot of south indians travelling with us who were part of a group im guessing. Turns out when their seats were allocated some of the couples were given seats on either side of the aisle as this was the best option and the flight was completely full.
They all wanted to be together and when they had realised the problem started walking around the aircraft with their boarding cards asking people to change seats. Usually you would tell the FA about the problem, but no these people took matters into their own hands. So there was about 20 individuals running around the aircraft (while on ground) asking strangers to move for them. Eventually a man approached me, turns out his mate is sitting next to me and he would like to sit next to him for a 2hr and 20 mins flight. Ok fine, i get up and agree to move but not to one seat, this guy has 4 options for me to choose from!!! I get up and walk around with him close behind and he points the seats out, the first 2 had his kids seated in there and they refused to move, the 3rd had a random person sleeping and this guy had no idea who he was and the 4th was the same story, another individual he didnt know. So i said, look mate once we get up in the air, ill move for ya when we know where everyone is actually sitting!
At the front of the cabin an argument had started with a man who wished to be seated next to his wife even thou all that was separating them was 2 feet of space (the aisle!) The purser had asked him that we solve the problem once in the air as there seemed to be a few people with the same problem. The guy went crazy, started swearing in hindi and shouting that sri lankan was a horrible airline and how bad its policies are. He delayed the A/C for 20 mins and you could hear the purser saying he wud have no choice but to arrest the man, that was when he calmed down.
My dad sitting across the cabin had a seat available next to him so i moved there. The crazy guy and his wife is then moved next to me after striking a deal with two other gentlemen and continues to complain. The FA comes to me and dad and asks me to get this crazy guys name so they can write a report on who this man is and what occured.
So halfway throu the flight hes filling in his immigration form, i sneak a peek, write his name on a piece of paper and hand it to dad who gives it back to the FA. We got unlimited grog and 2 bottles of whisky as a reward!!
I didnt feel the FA's were wrong, just an unruly customer who was all out to get what he wanted and was prepared to be shout and curse in order to get his way...so no regrets
 
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Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane...

Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:05 pm

1995, we were flying ATL-MAD and in the 2-3 rows ahead of me, these two guys stood up (they were sitting in front and behind each other) and began throwing punches. Eventually, the ended up on the ground wailing on each other. Apparently the one man became angered when the first guy reclined his seat and hit the guy's wife, whom had a baby in her arms.

Flight attendants and a cockpit crew member came back and subdued the situation. For the remaining 5-6 hrs of the flight, the men were separated and seated at opposing ends of the aircraft. When we landed and deplaned, about 5 spanish Guardia Civil officers were waiting to board the aircraft. Surprisingly enough, we continued to MAD and had no need to divert to any point.
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
 
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Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane...

Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:52 am

This is a "twofer." In August of 1985, I was on an AA 727-200 from TUL to DFW. Boarding the plane, I made my way aft toward my seat in the rear of the cabin, glancing at the row numbers as I went. Suddenly I noticed an enormous, barrel-chested man sitting in a middle seat several rows back. He was so big that he literally took up part of each seat to either side of him. I knew, just KNEW, that my assigned seat was next to that guy. Sure enough, it was. I spent a miserable flight mashed into the closing parenthesis of the cabin wall, trying to find a position that was tolerably comfortable. In order to read, I had to hold my book sideways against the window. It sucked. Fortunately, the flight wasn't very long.

When we got to DFW, it was raining pretty hard. During roll-out I immediately new something was up. There were a couple of big water tanks near the runway, and one of them had a huge dent in the side. The blue strobe lights of emergency vehicles bathed the area in an eerie glow, amplified by the dark skies. I knew there'd been a crash, but strangely, I saw no sign of wreckage.

When we reached the gate and began disembarking, I uncontorted myself and stood in the aisle with great relief. Suddenly the plane was hit by a very powerful blast of wind and rain, accompanied with great flashes of lightning. I'd never before been aboard a plane on the ground in weather conditions that were so severe that they could actually be felt. The level of tension in the cabin was palpable. It's interesting how quickly people can be spooked aboard an airplane, even when it's parked at the gate. Things got very noisy as the rain thundered against the fuselage and everyone stared pressing anxiously toward the door. It looked as though the cabin wondows had firehoses trained at them. I knew that part of the country had some kick-ass summer thunderstorms, but this was something else.

One of the stewardesses got on the PA system and urged us to deplane as quickly as possible. There was an unmistakeable note of fear in her voice. I didn't like the atmosphere in the plane one bit -- it sounded like a number of passengers were on the verge of panic. And between the sound of the flight attendant's voice and the way the plane was violently shaking, I began to wonder if something else might be wrong. Had the plane been hit by lightning? Was it on fire? What? I was alone at the rear of the cabin, and I turned around and actually considered dropping the tail stairway and getting soaked to the skin instead of taking my place at the end of an entire planeload of semi-panicked people between me and the main door.

We all made it off safely and filled up the boarding lounge. The plate-glass windows of the terminals were shaking violently with the force of the storm. It reminded me of the windows at Tucson a few months earlier, when I'd seen a Republic DC-9 do a powerback from the gate -- only with torrential rain thrown in. Seeing out was difficult thanks to the sheer volume of the rain, but those blue strobes were nevertheless visible across the field.

My connecting flight took off from a runway on the opposite side of the airport, so I never had another opportunity to see what had happened. When I reached my final destination, SJC, I asked the friend who'd met me if he'd heard anything about a crash at DFW. It turned out that a Delta L-1011 had gone in. I'd later learn that it was Flight 191, the one that got caught in the microburst:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Air_Lines_Flight_191
 
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Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane...

Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:09 pm

This happend to my Mom, early 90's late 80's flying from DFW to LAW (Lawton OK). At the time, ASA was still flying prop planes (not prop jets mind you) into LAW. The plane only held about 8 or 9 pax, and frequently went without an FA (we are talking about an hour flight mind). Well, that day she was one of two people (yes, 1,2) one the bird, the other being the Capt. So he had her sit in the FO seat, and together they flew up to LAW.

When I was a minor traveling alone (1980, I was 6 at the time), I was flying Frontier (the old one) from DEN to LAW. Well, due to mechanical issues, we had to make an emergency landing in Liberty KS. This was a small plane, but a jet, (727 or smaller) and we had only on FA that I remember. As she was trying to explain what was going on , the PA died....so she yelled at the top of her lungs that due to engine problems we were landing, and pls be seated, seat belts fastened, etc. We landed no problem in KS.

In the mean time, Frontier called Denver, and let my grandmother know I was "somewhere in KS." (She was not happy). My parents had JUST moved to Lawton, and didn't yet have a phone (remember, at that time, NO ONE had cell phones). So the emergency contact was our realter. She arrived at my parents new home, knocked on the door, and said "Don't bother going to the airport, the plane isn't landing for quite a while. It's up in KS somewhere."

My mother figured better on the ground in KS than in the air with issues. So the went to the airport, found out it would be quite a while before the plane would go anywhere (it eventually landed at 1200 midnight, rather than about 5 pm).

In the mean time, of course, the dinner hour was rolling along. And if you've ever been to Liberty KS, you know they don't have a huge amount of facilities there. And in the airport, there was no place to eat. Well, as was standard procedure, the FA was in charge of me till she could give me to my parents. So, since I was hungry as she was, she, I and the FO went to eat. Now, mind you, not in the airport. The FO rented a car and we drove into town to eat at a restaruant. My parents still laugh at the memory, because I couldn't finish the food and asked for a take home bag, that I promptly presented to my mother when I finally arrived.
Can I have a mojito on this flight?
 
5mileBob
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:06 am

Two experiences for me:
On an Eastern DC-9, I was sitting in the cockpit jumpseat. During cruise, the lead flight attendant came into the cockpit to talk to the flight crew, shutting the door behind her. Since I was sitting in the doorway, she leaned up against me while she talked to the pilots, and basically wrapped her arms around my shoulders and neck. All the time, she kept rubbing her breasts against my back, carrying on the conversation as if nothing was out of the ordinary. When the conversation was done, she leaned closer and whispered in my ear, "you're just loving this aren't you?" Sweating but dry mouthed, I just shook my head yes and she left.

On a Sun Country B727, I had to sit in the last row of the aircraft due to my son being claustrophobic. There were two dead heading flight attendants in the row in front of us. One was a very well built woman close to my age, wearing a very tight white top. Since we were near both the lav's and the rear service area, she got up a number of times - many times to talk to her working friends. She caught me numerous times staring at her breasts. During one of her visits with her friends near the end of the flight, she stood next to me as I sat in my aisle seat. (My son was asleep) Suddenly, she said: "Hey!" I looked up, and she leaned forward and proceeded to bury my head between her breasts, giving a little wiggle as she did. Nothing else happened for the rest of the flight...except for my saying thanks to her and her giving me a great smile as we left the aircraft.

I wonder if this is why I love flying so much?
Still looks like a Ramp Rat
 
jamesjimlb
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:22 am

Quoting 5mileBob (Reply 32):
Two experiences for me:
On an Eastern DC-9, I was sitting in the cockpit jumpseat. During cruise, the lead flight attendant came into the cockpit to talk to the flight crew, shutting the door behind her. Since I was sitting in the doorway, she leaned up against me while she talked to the pilots, and basically wrapped her arms around my shoulders and neck. All the time, she kept rubbing her breasts against my back, carrying on the conversation as if nothing was out of the ordinary. When the conversation was done, she leaned closer and whispered in my ear, "you're just loving this aren't you?" Sweating but dry mouthed, I just shook my head yes and she left.

On a Sun Country B727, I had to sit in the last row of the aircraft due to my son being claustrophobic. There were two dead heading flight attendants in the row in front of us. One was a very well built woman close to my age, wearing a very tight white top. Since we were near both the lav's and the rear service area, she got up a number of times - many times to talk to her working friends. She caught me numerous times staring at her breasts. During one of her visits with her friends near the end of the flight, she stood next to me as I sat in my aisle seat. (My son was asleep) Suddenly, she said: "Hey!" I looked up, and she leaned forward and proceeded to bury my head between her breasts, giving a little wiggle as she did. Nothing else happened for the rest of the flight...except for my saying thanks to her and her giving me a great smile as we left the aircraft.

oooooook, what matters is, were they hot?
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5mileBob
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:35 am

JamesJimlb...they were both babes!
Still looks like a Ramp Rat
 
jamesjimlb
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:40 am

Quoting 5mileBob (Reply 34):
JamesJimlb...they were both babes!

 Smile  Smile  Smile
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Zentraedi
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:08 am

No really funny stories, but I have had flight attendants not believe I was American on a few flights. It did weird me out. One time I was on a BA ARN to LHR flight and the flight attendant was going through the aisle, handing out landing cards.

When he got to my area, I raised my hand and simply said "Excuse me, I need a card." He stopped, gave me a funny look, rolled his eyes, sighed, and then chided me "Sir, what country is your passport from? EU citizens do not need one." I was in a bit of shock considering my actions were no different from the other passengers requesting card and the fact that those passengers were also of varying ethnicities. He just handed cards to them, no questions asked!

[Edited 2007-06-27 18:28:16]
 
jamesjimlb
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:54 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 36):
When he got to my area, I raised my hand and simply said "Excuse me, I need a card." He stopped, gave me a funny look, rolled his eyes, sighed, and then chided me "Sir, what country is your passport from? EU citizens do not need one." I was in a bit of shock considering my actions were no different from the other passengers requesting card and the fact that those passengers were also of varying ethnicities. He just handed cards to them, no questions asked!

thats strange, i would be pissed if someone did that to me!
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:44 am

On a Ryanair flight from SNN to LPL, we had to sit on the tarmac for 40 minutes because there were too many people on the plane. A head count was taken and this seemed to also suggest that there were too many people on the plane. The pursar came on and announced that the flight was going to LPL, and that would anyone not intending to fly there contact a member of the cabin crew. No one did. Another head count was taken, and another, and another, and another. As well as the cabin crew and pilots gate agents and baggage handlers were also drafted in to count the number of passengers seitting patiently (and not so) in their seats. In the end some passengers got up and also made head counts. Every one taken seemed to suggest that there was one too many passengers on board. Countless announcements were made that this flight would be going to LPL, and that somebody was onboard who shouldn't have been. Everybody sat in their seats, and eyed each other suspiciously. Finally someone had the bright idea to check boarding cards. The only problem was that on the first, second, third, fourth, and even fifth checks of boarding cards (each by a different person), nobody had noticed that one of them was to EMA. Fianlly the sixth person to check boarding cards (the lead baggage handler if I remeber rightly) spotted the passenger who had given him a boarding pass to EMA. The women had apparently heard all of the announcements, though had somehow not clicked that it was her they were looking for! She was escorted off the aircraft to a resounding chorus of "cheerio, cheerio, cheerio" (no kidding) by the passengers; and the flight which was ready to depart early, finally departed almost three quarters of an hour late.
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Pellegrine
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:06 am

Just a bit of déjà vu actually, nothing too strange, the same FA worked my inbound and outbound flight. I usually hang out in the rear area if I don't feel like sitting. I like "hey aren't you?" moments.
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LHboyatDTW
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:28 am

This is more so coincidental than strange. When I flew DTW-FRA on LH in the summer of 2005 with my German class, our plane both departed from and arrived at gate A60 .My group and I literally had to look at our boarding passes twice to make sure we weren't seeing things.
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jamesjimlb
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RE: Strangest Experience You Have Had On A Plane..

Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:57 am

actually commonly when i fly with AW or CO to orlando we will park and depart from 9, so it's not to uncommon.
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