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Your Biggest Blooper/mistake On The Job.

Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:26 am

Topic title says it all, whats your biggest (Aviation Related) blooper on the job?

I once asked a pilot what his STD was, he told me he didn't have any...
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RE: Your Biggest Blooper/mistake On The Job.

Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:33 pm

I was at terminal 3 in JFK and accidentally boarded the wrong plane with another flight attendant I was working with. We sat there on the plane like idiots for 12 minutes wondering where the rest of the crew was and why we hadn't been catered yet.

By the time we figured out that we were sitting on the wrong 737-800, it was 20 minutes before departure time and the passengers were lined up outside of the (correct) aircraft door in the jetway because they couldn't board until all of the flight attendants were there. We were flying JFK-MBJ with a completely full load and we managed to get the plane boarded and ready for departure in 15 minutes!

Got in so much trouble for that one, too. But we still left on time.
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RE: Your Biggest Blooper/mistake On The Job.

Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:39 pm

Tripping over some chocks. There was several times where I was marshaling an a/c into the gate and someone left the chocks somewhere they should not have left them and as I was walking backwards, I stumbled over them, but did not fall. I've also trip over a pushback unit while marshaling, as someone parked it too close and I wasn't paying attention to what was behind me.

I also had this happen while powerbacking a flight out of a gate. When you pull the chocks, you were supposed to place them at a certain spot right outside of the markings next to a cone. The wingwalker on left side (their right side) forgot to put the chocks in the right spot and had pretty much pulled them from under the main gear and set them right beside the gear. So I get to the point in the powerback where we have the pilot turn the nose to the requested direction and start walking to my left and stumble right over the chocks. I did the move of acting like it didn't happen and finished the turn and sent the a/c out. Meanwhile, the two wingwalkers and some of the other rampers on the gate are laughing their heads off. I wanted to yell at the guy for leaving the chocks there, but even I started to laugh.

The funniest thing I ever saw on the ramp was caused by one of the lav truck drivers. He had dumped the lav on a neighboring gate and had some spillage onto the ramp. He drives off (as the flight was already delayed and they were about to powerback the a/c out of the gate) and heads up to one of the pillboxes at our gate pair (Before becoming a honey wagon driver, he worked on our gates.) and points the puddle of used lav juice on the ramp. The trainwreck mentality took over from some of us and about 5 of us (including our lead) are standing there waiting for this trainwreck to happen. Thrust reversers kick in and one of the wingwalkers (I think it may have been his first full week on the ramp) gets sprayed. All of us are laughing furiously and are about to fall on the ground we're laughing so hard. One of our guys told the lead on that gate about it and he started cracking up to.
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RE: Your Biggest Blooper/mistake On The Job.

Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:12 pm

Recently finished photographing a G-V and the maintenance crew towed her into the hangar...or attempted to four times...still couldn't get it right so in disgust he climbed off the tug and walked away...I couldn't believe my eyes...the tug was still in gear and started a 45 degree turn towards the inside corner of the screams got his attention...he flew through ten feet of air w/out touching the floor and landed on the tug...JUST IN TIME!...he left the hangar...went to his car and departed the airport........for the day
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RE: Your Biggest Blooper/mistake On The Job.

Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:33 am

I had a charter flight to check-in ( All NOREC as we did not have a PNL ).

After Pax #20 I realized that I checked them in on a LX flight instead of the charter flight. I changed them all to the charter flight but still had to give an report to the Duty Manager.

I was boarding a flight to ZRH but accidentally told the bus driver that it was BSL instead. So the driver drove to the BSL flight and they started to let them into the Saab 2000. Then they stopped and realized that it was more then 50 passenger that were in the bus..... Guess where I had to report too. Big grin

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