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Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:00 pm

Given the amount of travelling that we all do I got to wondering about the most unusual sight you had witnessed whilst on a plane. This was triggered by my last flight home from the USA to England, about an hour or so before landing a guy in the isle seat opposite me in Club got out his hand luggage from the overhead bin and set about polishing his neat brown shoes. he took about 5 minutes to do this and they looked just fine when he finished.A passing stewardess was intrigued as well.I would not say he was a businessman but was clearly prepared for the event.

Anyone else witnessed some unusual/bizarre happenings?
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Well I saw a Qantas Stewardess who accidently poured a glass of whine in my friends lap.

Last year while flying with Estonian Air SAAB340, the female Stewardess gave the cupcakes too much time in the oven, and the facial expression she made when opening the oven was priceless! 

On Kenya Airways I saw a boy aged around 5, whom despite having no legs managed to walk around the aisles with his hands. Kudos to that fella!  

On a flight to Vienna with El Al Israel Airlines, a Stewardess slapped my dads hand while he was reaching for a cup. (The Stewardess forgot to give him one with his Coca Cola)

On a flight to DXB with Austrian Airlines 763ER, I saw a girl who had a giant teddy bear on her lap during the intire flight. (Ps. Austrian Airlines takes the prize as worst long haul carrier)
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:44 pm

Several years ago on LH, while I was in a window seat somewhere between HEL and FRA (or FRA and HEL), an F/A gave me a bread roll - but not in the way you'd have expected him to do it. I reckon he must have been a cricket bowler or something because he was in the aisle and two rows of seats away from me, yet his aim was absolutely perfect. 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:15 pm

I had a 74 year old Flight Engineer take his pants off a couple months ago after takeoff.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:36 pm

Not witnessed, but the strangest thing I have ever done on a flight. I was a non-rev sitting in first class on a transpacific flight. The manifest showed I was in the engineering department, so the FA at some point in the flight had asked what I did. When one of the first class passengers couldn’t get his seat into bed mode, the purser tried the override. It didn’t work, so she turned to me, handed me the manual and the inflight tool kit and asked me to see if I could fix it. The passenger had no idea who I was, but I was able to disconnect the override latch that was stuck while laying on my back underneath the seat and get it into full flat bed mode.

When approaching our destination, the passenger needed to get his seat up. He couldn’t figure out to do it and no flight attendant was eager to help, so I got up, manually forced the seat into the upright position and locked it into place. He asked “who on earth are you?” I said I was an engineer who worked for the airline. He asked if there is always an engineer on board, and I said no I’m traveling on my personal vacation time, but I’ll do anything to help out. He was immensely grateful and the purser was very thankful too. I don’t know why she didn’t just ask us to switch seats, but the revenue passenger was happy and very understanding and even called it exceptional customer service. I smiled and thought in my head that exceptional service is having seats that never break, but was thankful for the compliment.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:08 pm

Quoting tb727 (Reply 3), "I had a 74 year old Flight Engineer take his pants off a couple months ago after takeoff."

That, in and of itself, should be a good reason why even professional flight engineers should have a mandatory retirement age!

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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:25 pm

Although not on a plane, while on the AMTRAK Metroliner to New York Penn Station, a young lady was short of money for the fare. She stripped completely, borrowed a man's hat, pranced up and down the aisle and collected donations from the other passengers. She and a US Marine going home on leave went into the lavatory and exchanged fluids and cash. I was 16, If only I had the nerve.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:01 am

On a United A320, DEN-BWI, I saw a grown man reading the safety card to his 8-inch tall rubber duck. He attempted to order extra food and drink for his duck, and took it to use the lav.

Though not quite onboard, I had an interesting experience in PHL while connecting. The beeper on one of their motorized cart wheelchair thingies was broken. So a huge black guy was walking in front clearing the crowd with a red broom. This actually served to cause more commotion than it fixed.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:38 am

Quoting e38 (Reply 5):
That, in and of itself, should be a good reason why even professional flight engineers should have a mandatory retirement age!

Haha, it depends. I've flown with some great ones in their 70's and some, well, not so good ones. That also goes for 30 something FE's though too...

He was apparently mending a hole in the pants, I can not confirm that because I did NOT turn around after he told us what he wanted to do.

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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:44 am

Quoting UA787DEN (Reply 7):
On a United A320, DEN-BWI, I saw a grown man reading the safety card to his 8-inch tall rubber duck. He attempted to order extra food and drink for his duck, and took it to use the lav.

I'll bet that he uses the duck to use the HOV lane.  
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:07 pm

A guy in the row across the aisle from me was snorting cocaine, at night, when he thought no one was watching him. It was a LIM-MEX flight.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:17 pm

I once got treated to a most amazing unexpected view of the International Space Station after leaving EZE (Buenos Aires) on a night flight to IAD.

This was a United (old pre-merger) flight. The A/C was a 767-300 and I had a business class window seat left side of the plane. We had already reached some altitude somewhere around 30,000 ft. The plane was in the dark and the night was pitch dark. I often use the window as my PTV during flights.

The Space Station came so bright and clear I could spot the solar panels it was gleaming with light! I really got lucky that night. I could see it for a good while. Never seen it for such an amount of time actually. It was quite a treat and so unexpected. No idea if I will ever be able to see it like this again.

        
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:51 am

Quoting tb727 (Reply 3):
I had a 74 year old Flight Engineer take his pants off a couple months ago after takeoff.

I usually change my clothes before sleeping in an NZ flatbed seat, but I use the lav. It's not easy even though I am small.

I once saw a guy strip to his boxers and change in the aisle before takeoff. I admired his nerve, but I wouldn't do it. No one seemed to mind at all.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:26 pm

Quoting tb727 (Reply 3):
I had a 74 year old Flight Engineer take his pants off a couple months ago after takeoff.

I have to confess I thought what the hell....... then I looked at the US flag on your profile and realised pants = trousers! If they had been pants as we call them, not that would have raised a few questions!

I was on a SAS flight last year from OSL-LHR, mid flight the sun was setting, and I was looking out the window when to my surprise and amazement I saw another SAS 737 passing over and around us in like an arc heading in the opposite direction, it lasted only about 2 seconds and yet it seemed to be in slow motion almost. It was close enough to read the SAS on the tail and I was so suprised to see it in the way I did, that it didn't occur to me to take a picture until it had gone. It was almost sereal.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:17 am

I was responsible for this unusual sight...When we moved here to Indonesia, the company even bought a seat for my 4 month old daugher...

...In business on an SQ A380.

The check in agents in both NYC and SIN were at first confused with the situation.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:50 am

Hi,
it was not really an unusual sight, but more of a joke from a Russian flight attendant. In 2001 I was on Siberia Airlines flight from HAJ to OMS. Airplane was a rather old looking Tupolev 154M. We could taxi to the runway, but unfortunately we could not take off. The FA announced they have some problems with the engines and will return to the terminal. One of the passengers then said to her sarcastically "Yeah, thats typical for Russian engineering!". So the FA answered "Well, American planes break in the air, our's luckily on the ground!"
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:04 pm

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 9):
I'll bet that he uses the duck to use the HOV lane. 

ROFL! He probably does!

Quoting n729pa (Reply 13):
If they had been pants as we call them

That would be quite interesting.

Duckman also attempted to recieve an extra boarding pass, and an extra pair of headphones. The seat next to him was unoccupied. I am so glad I was a row back and across the plane.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:42 am

On a flight between Dubai and Casablanca there were two Saudi guys in the row in front. They started singing and had very fine voices. Listening carefully above the aircraft noise I realised that they were singing what was on the in-flight menu.

Once on a flight between Vienna and Dubai, while waiting in the airport my mother had seen a toy Shar Pei puppy that she thought was cute. So I bought it for her. Later, on board the aircraft, she got it out to have another look just as one of the cabin crew approached. The crew looked surprise because she thought for a moment that the dog was real. When told no, it is a toy, she asked "can I cuddle it?" We let her and soon we had other members of the crew queueing to stroke and cuddle it.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:30 pm

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
On a flight between Dubai and Casablanca there were two Saudi guys in the row in front. They started singing and had very fine voices. Listening carefully above the aircraft noise I realised that they were singing what was on the in-flight menu.

wow... This was in First I suppose?

I am certainly sorry I missed out on this one!!!

  
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:31 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
On a flight between Dubai

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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:20 am

Seen a real life chicken (I assume a gamecock of some sort, actually) in a cat carrier aboard a CAAC flight in the 80s in China.

People standing literally at landing, really right on touchdown, on Aeroflot in Russia in the aisles getting their bag down from the overheads

Significant amounts of duct tape all over the place in the interior of an ATR I just flew in December in Myanmar, especially disturbing given the F100 that crashed 2 days earlier in the same area.
 
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:38 pm

An elderly lady on a KE 772 reading a book with a headlamp. I assume she didn't know that there was a reading lamp overhead.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:44 pm

Alitalia A321 from Catania to Rome. Right after takeoff, someone's cell phone rang for a good 30 seconds but there was no attempt to turn it off. Being a young naive kid I was scared that we might crash because of that.

Same thing happened when we were about to land at JFK on a LAN 767. Didn't really scare me, but it was annoying as hell.
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:58 am

Quoting timpdx (Reply 20):
People standing literally at landing, really right on touchdown, on Aeroflot in Russia in the aisles getting their bag down from the overheads

I've seen this as well
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:13 pm

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 6):
Although not on a plane, while on the AMTRAK Metroliner to New York Penn Station, a young lady was short of money for the fare. She stripped completely, borrowed a man's hat, pranced up and down the aisle and collected donations from the other passengers. She and a US Marine going home on leave went into the lavatory and exchanged fluids and cash. I was 16, If only I had the nerve.

I wish i was there to contribute, haha, now now maybe we can take some cash to help out passengers wanting a drink or food on those BOB planes........... yeah?
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:14 am

A well-dressed and coiffured lady in her early thirties slowly clipping her fingernails in mid-flight SIN-JKT. After that, she proceeded to do her makeup oblivious to stares and chuckles.

A visibly inebriated man repeatedly asking those around him if he should proceed to pinch the buttocks of the stewardesses on a CRK-SIN flight. Thankfully, its all beer-talk and no action. Still, very irritating.

A middle-aged gentleman squirming under blanket to change his trousers on FRA-BKK. He was in the sparsely occupied rear section, so only a few amused witnesses.

Edit to add:
During the height of the SARS epidemic; on JKT-SIN, a thin man in his forties who was the last pax to board proceeded to put on a full disposable plastic suit of long pants, long sleeved shirt with hood, gloves, surgical face mask, goggle; the works.
Alarmed and fearing he could be infectious, the other pax in his vicinity demanded that he be removed from the aircraft, or to strip off his ridiculous getup if he is in the clear. The flight was delayed for almost a quarter of an hour as the FAs and even the captain intervened and eventually persuaded the man to reluctantly forgo all his accoutrements except for the mask.

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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:38 am

Well a buddy of mine told me he had to give CPR to someone who passed out on his flight to visit me in PHX.

When I was flying back to CVG from MSP once, there was a kid on board who probably had autism, and he got up and started passing around napkins from the galley to everyone on our CRJ-200.... it was strange...the flight attendant somehow allowed it.....
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RE: Unusual Sights On A Plane.

Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:42 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 26):

The kid was probably living out a fantasy about being a FA. It's nice that the real FA allowed it.
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