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Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:39 am
by UncleBuck
Swear on my life this happened today. You can't make this crap up!

Me (to woman who tried bringing her entire estate on the plane... by the way, if I would kick anyone off for smelling bad, it'd be her): ma'am, we're going to need to gate check that. Is Houston your final destination?

Dumb Lady: I don't know... I guess... I... I think so...

Me: Ma'am, are you staying in Houston, or travelling elsewhere?

Dumb Lady: Well.. I... I think I'm going to California

Me: May I please see your boarding pass?

(looks at boarding pass)

Me: Ma'am you are going to Sacremnto. I am going to show this to the gate agent and be back with your claim ticket and boarding pass.

Dumb Lady: My medicines are in that bag!

Me: Ok, then come up front with me and get the medication out to keep with you.

Dumb Lady: No, I'll just let the stewardess know if I need them.

Me: Ma'am, we can't get your medicine from the bag in the air. Are you going to need them?

Dumb Lady: I hope not...

Me: Ma'am, please get your medication.


on the next flight:

Old lady at the bulkhead: Where is this plane going?

other F/A: Philadelphia

Old lady: Because I'm going to Philadelphia

F/A: Yes ma'am, that's where this plane is going.

Old lady: Are you sure?


fast forward to in the air, Old lady needs to use the lav so we let her use the F/C lav so she doesn't have a heart attack walking to the back galley.

Old lady (opening the lav door): How come every time I use the bathroom I get completely soaked?!

Me: (debating whether or not to point out that it was because she didn't pull her pants down) Oh.. my... mmm.. Here are some paper towels, can I help you with anything?

Old lady: (slams door in my face).

Door opens.

Me: Ma'am please let me help you to your seat.

Old lady: No!

(I follow Old lady.)

She passes her row. The next two minutes are passed by her fellow pax telling her what her seat is, with her arguing with them that it isn't her seat.

All in a days work.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:45 am
by EA CO AS
(after being quoted the very lowest fare between any two points in the U.S. the customer inquires about)

"What?!? I can fly to EUROPE for that!"

Of course it doesn't matter what the fare - it could be $99.00 each way, it could be $329.00 roundtrip, whatever - they'd still say the above phrase in shock and disgust.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:50 am
by BreninTW
I was a passenger on a flight (Delta I think) from FLL to LGA that was hit by lightning shortly after take off. We all heard the very loud bang in the cabin. The flight continued to LGA and we landed uneventfully. I think we were going to be parked at gate #1 -- which meant we needed to be towed in. So we taxied to the apron, and the pilot came over the PA to apologise for the delay, and mentioned that he'd be "switching the other engine off" so we could be towed in.

In the line to leave the aircraft, I was standing behind two older ladies who were obviously discussing the bang. The first one turned to the other and said "Didn't you hear the captain, he said he was going to switch the OTHER engine off -- that bang was an engine exploding!"

The second lady assured the first that it was just lightning ... and as we got to the door, she asked the cabin crew standing there what the bang was.

"We were hit by lightning ma'am, nothing to worry about."

Walking down the jetway, I heard the first lady "I don't believe her! I tell you, the engine exploded!"

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:53 am
by aloha73g
Male Passenger says to his family while boarding a Hawaiian Airlines 717:

"This is another one of those 30 year old 737s....like the ones Northwest flies."

LOL. I almost said something but decided not too, secretly hoping his wife or son would notice 717 in the Safety Demo or on the Safety Card and call him out.

-Aloha!

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:55 am
by commavia
I once heard a passenger on a DFW-DEN flight who had connected earlier in the day through MIA from the Caribbean, and had obviously been delayed:

"It's those dumb-a** pilots. We all know if they had better pilots they could have flown through the hurricane. It's just wind."

I thought that was cute.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:58 am
by Aaron747
Was in business class on a UA flight SFO-NRT a couple years back. Guy sitting across the aisle from me gets up to get something from his carry-on and leaves the overhead wide open after sitting back down. We had just been through some good bumps about 20 minutes previous, so I piped up and said, "you know you should really keep that shut in case we have turbulence again."

His reply? "Ah, my bag's pretty heavy. It ain't goin' anywhere." Evidently not a very experienced transpacific traveler, that was for sure  Yeah sure

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:04 am
by AFGMEL
Ask friends who have travelled about the trip.

Me : What aircraft was it?

Friend : A white one.

Sigh.

Mind you, in AMS we were flying AB to Berlin. Other half asks me what aircraft it is. I look and I can't decide for a moment.  Embarrassment . Looking directly at it, I am desperately thinking, is it an MD-80, a 717, CRJ? Eventually I opted for a F100. Luckily I was right otherwise I would have lost my geek credentials.

In my defense though, it was straight on and F100s are not often sighted around here.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:14 am
by SkyexRamper
I was sitting at the gate in STL waiting for my Skyway flight to MKE which at the time was a Beech 1900D. There a gel slicked hair wannabe ladies man that was talking it up with two old ladies that were surprised about the 1900Ds size. So the guy says, "It's a little 15 seater with 1x2 seating. I fly these all the time."

One of the old ladies that he was talking to make a comment after we arrive in MKE after a totally smooth flight.
"This airplane is too damn small, I'm never flying these again, I'm renting a car and driving home!" Hope she enjoyed that 7hr drive home.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 5):
His reply? "Ah, my bag's pretty heavy. It ain't goin' anywhere." Evidently not a very experienced transpacific traveler, that was for sure

Should have asked him to switch seats with you so he would get hit by his own bag. Big grin

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:29 am
by SkyexRamper
Many times directing passengers to their airplanes from the boarding door.

Me: (pointing directly at the 328J) The high wing jet straight a head.

Passenger: (pointing at a Beech 1900D) This one right here?

Me: (pointing directly at the 328J) No, it's jet with the wing on top.

Passenger: Oh...

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:30 am
by planespotting
My favorite are just the overheard comments (usually from men) about equipment type.

"That there's a 727" (pointing to a Delta Connection CR2)

"I think we're on a 747?" (ORD - BOS, 757)

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:37 am
by SkyexRamper
I get this a lot from female passengers when I ask to take their large bags to plane side check them because they obviously will not fit into the bin of a 328J or CRJ.

Passenger: "It fit in the overhead last time."

Me: Where did you fly in from?


Passenger answers with a 717 or MD-80 city.


But what is even more amusing is listening to gate agents BS their way around a passenger's question when you yourself know the true answer and are standing right next to them.

[Edited 2007-10-24 19:39:42]

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:41 am
by PHXmd80
As the plane for my WN flight from PHX-SAN pulled to the gate, a young boy, probably about 5, says
"look dad, a 737!"
and the dad replies,
"Actually, it's a 747."

No comment.

PHXmd80

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:41 am
by commavia
Quoting Planespotting (Reply 9):
My favorite are just the overheard comments (usually from men) about equipment type.

"That there's a 727" (pointing to a Delta Connection CR2)

"I think we're on a 747?" (ORD - BOS, 757)

I know. I love when that happens - it's so funny. I love when you're sitting at the gate and a 757 pulls up and some guy who thinks he's an aviation expert says, "look honey, it's a DC10!"

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:44 am
by LV
While landing at DEN, from the row in front of me....

Lady 1: "Look, that plane says Ted on it, Ted Turner must of started his own airline"
Lady 2: "He does own a lot of land in this part of the country, must go up to Montana for him."

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:45 am
by HnlBoi
I always get this questions every once in a while while Im working at the gate. FYI I work in HNL.


"Is/Do they have any stopovers on the flight over to SEA tonight" hahahh are some people that dumb?

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:48 am
by mirrodie
Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 3):
"This is another one of those 30 year old 737s....like the ones Northwest flies."

Perhaps he must have gotten too much sun and thought he was on Aloha Airlines? You might want to give him a few points for trying though.  Wink



Landing on runway 04 at LGA and we do a go around with less than 100 feet to touchdown. The idiots arcoss the row from us are talking aloud and say "What's with this asshole pilot? Why doesnt didn't he just land the plane."

Pilot comes on to apologize, saying the runway was still not clear, hence the go around. (The plane that had previously landed had still not cleared)

The people across the row continue their vexed conversation.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:06 am
by VIflyer
Leaving CHA, At the time the airline served only one city from their "Chicago". The departure board behind the check in counter only read "Chicago", the departure board at the gate read "Chicago". At the time of day of the flight there were no other aircraft on the ground, at the gates, nor anywhere near the terminal but the sole Chicago flight. What's the first thing half of the passengers ask me?

"Excuse me sir is this the Chicago flight?"

Landing in ORD
Pax: "Ooh what ocean are we flight over?"
Me: "Ma'am it's not an ocean it's Lake Michigan."
Pax: "No that can't be right, it's too big to be a lake."
Me: "Trust me ma'am it's a lake."
Pax: "Well I'm a school teacher and I'm sure that their is no lake that big in the US."

Vi

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:07 am
by olli
Had to return to airport after take off due to WX radar failure and as soon as we disembarked the plane a lady started screaming at the gate agent saying that the pilots from this airline I was traveling were liars because if the WX radar was malfunctioning how could they were able to go back to the airport. how could pilots know where the hell they were going to.

No comments.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:08 am
by DeltaGuy
On a DL MD88 hop out of SAV recently, taxiing out to the runway, some dude was sitting behind me telling his kids "right now we're taxiing on the APU, and theyll start the engines on the runway".

Sometimes there's just some things better left uncorrected.

DeltaGuy

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:10 am
by PanAm747
I heard this from the people behind me at MSP after clearing security:

"How the hell were we supposed to know we had to remove our shoes?"

I am now completely and totally convinced that there are people living in caves who have no contact with the outside world in any way, shape, or form. There is simply no other way to explain the incomprehensible stupidity of that statement.

In this world of television, internet, e-mails, cell-phones, and blackberries, it is beyond belief that six years after the shoe bomber and 9/11 there are people who have NEVER heard about increased security.

Ironically, on the same trip, I saw someone wearing a shirt with two people in a canoe...and it said, "paddle faster - I hear banjos!!". Eerie that it would predict what I overheard.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:17 am
by 747fan
Quoting PHXmd80 (Reply 11):
As the plane for my WN flight from PHX-SAN pulled to the gate, a young boy, probably about 5, says
"look dad, a 737!"
and the dad replies,
"Actually, it's a 747."



Quoting Commavia (Reply 12):
love when you're sitting at the gate and a 757 pulls up and some guy who thinks he's an aviation expert says, "look honey, it's a DC10!"

 hissyfit   banghead  You don't realize how much it drives me out of my mind when people say stuff like that!
My personal favorite was when I was on a 777 going to CDG from ATL and one of my friends group,I was travelling with, knowing I'm an aviation expert, asks: "We're on a Concorde, right? I've heard those are the type of planes that fly over the ocean." I never even answered his question, I just bursted out laughing.
Another interesting thing I heard, when I was travelling with the same group of people on the SDF-ATL leg, was on a CRJ-200. Someone said, "Can we actually go inside the airport when we stop in Atlanta? Or are we going to be stuck in this claustrophobic thing for 9 hours?" No comment. Actually, Delta would probably do that out of CVG to Europe if they could.  Wink

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:18 am
by commavia
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 19):
I am now completely and totally convinced that there are people living in caves who have no contact with the outside world in any way, shape, or form.

It's actually Mars, they're living on Mars.  Smile

Seriously, though, it really is true - it is just incomprehensible how moronic some people are.

A very good family friend, who was an AA gate agent at DFW for 30 years, always says: for some reason he still doesn't understand, "flying brings out the absolute stupidity in people - a person who might be totally rational, reasonable or normal under other circumstances just becomes a totally idiot when they set foot inside the terminal."

It's so true.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:26 am
by mycrj17
F/A- sir whould like something to drink?

Clark - Yes I will have a Coke.

F/A - Do you want that in the can?

Clark - (thinks about it and turns to the back on the plane) no I'll have it right here..


Greastest part in that movie, I know it's off the trend but I had to say it...


Matt

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:39 am
by ualcsr
Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 10):
But what is even more amusing is listening to gate agents BS their way around a passenger's question when you yourself know the true answer and are standing right next to them.

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark  Guilty!!!

How about ....."They're canceling the flight because they don't have enough passengers."

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:44 am
by SpencerII
The gate agent is doing gate seat assignments & asks a lady if she would prefer a window or an aisle, & she replies..
oh don't put me near the window, I just got my hair done.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:47 am
by commavia
Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 24):
"They're canceling the flight because they don't have enough passengers."

That's so true - I've heard people say that so many times!

I remember Crandall directly addressing this one years ago: he always used to get asked this by people - several times in my presence - and he always said that it was just purely ridiculous: it would cost the airline more to cancel the plane, disrupt the crew and aircraft schedule, screw up the flight coming back, etc. In essence, it's cheaper to fly an empty plane than cancel it.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:01 am
by ualcsr
Quoting Commavia (Reply 26):
it would cost the airline more to cancel the plane, disrupt the crew and aircraft schedule, screw up the flight coming back, etc. In essence, it's cheaper to fly an empty plane than cancel it.

You're so right with your previous post about how people really lose it when they walk into airports. The regular passenger just can't understand that canceling a flight is extremely expensive and bad for the company.

There are just so many other dumb comments. I remember one night when we had about 10 pax connecting from LAX to SCL through MIA (where I worked). Our SCL flight left at about 11:40 p.m. but the inbound LAX flight was delayed for a few hours and so we misconnected the SCL pax. First it was the "I can't believe you didn't hold the plane" (for four hours???) and after they got through that one, from the ridiculous to the sublime...."Well, we need an airplane right now to take us to Santiago". (Sure Sir, we'll have a fully-crewed 767 for you in 10 minutes.) People are just nuts sometimes.

And how about weather delays? That's a whole other level of absurdity. "Why is there a weather delay, it's not raining outside?" (As lightning is striking in the background). Or, "I just called my spouse who's watching CNN and he/she says there's not a cloud in the sky". UGGGHHHHH!!!!!

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:04 am
by SkyexRamper
Quoting VIflyer (Reply 16):
"Excuse me sir is this the Chicago flight?"

Along the lines of this same thing. Here in MKE on the Skyway side we do 98% of our boarding out of boarding doors and people walk to their airplanes. There are always people to get directed out of the gate door to the only airplane on the ramp, literally, the only one out there and they will just stop a few feet from the door with that confused look on their face i.e: Which airplane I am suppose to walk to?

 banghead   banghead   banghead 

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:16 am
by commavia
Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 27):
First it was the "I can't believe you didn't hold the plane"

Oh, if only I had a nickel for every time I've been sitting at the gate or standing at the counter during an OSO and seem some a**hole come up and say, "What?! You didn't hold the plane for me?! Do you know who I am?!"

A great family friend who used to be an AA gate agent at JFK (she has since died) used to love when people pulled the whole "do you know who I am?" crap: on several occasions, she just got on the loudspeaker and announced to the gate area full of annoyed passengers: "Excuse, ladies and gentleman, does anybody know who this man is? He doesn't seem to know who he is? Can anybody help us?" Needless to say, that usually shut them up.

Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 27):
"Well, we need an airplane right now to take us to Santiago". (Sure Sir, we'll have a fully-crewed 767 for you in 10 minutes.)

Such incredible stupidity.

Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 27):
People are just nuts sometimes.

That they are.

Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 27):
"Why is there a weather delay, it's not raining outside?"

I could also file that one away in the "if I had a nickel for every time..." category. Many a time I've been sitting on planes at DFW during the infamous torrential Texas summer thunderstorms and her customers around me say, "I don't see what the big deal is - it's just a little rain."

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:19 am
by chase
My peeve is when pax tell others, authoritatively, what stuff on the ground is, and they're totally wrong. Landing in IND, we were approaching one of the 23s, and a pax told another (a stranger to him) regarding the freeway below us, parallel to our flight path, "That's I-465. It goes around the city". It was I-70. Not a huge deal...but just because it's a freeway doesn't make it that particular freeway.

Another time, we were flying RAP-ORD and took a somewhat Southerly path due to WX. One passenger was full of inane chatter, the type that makes you think it was her first time beyond her front door in 50 years. Near SUX we had a good view of the Missouri River, and she said "look, the Snake River", which is well West of our departure point, and we were flying E/SE.

But then again, I'm a big ol' map nerd, and I recognize that not everyone else is. But...then why tell people "that's ___" when you don't know what it is?

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:26 am
by AlexPorter
At the gate in PHX for a Delta MD88 flight to ATL:

It was Easter weekend, but it was a red-eye flight so concessions were closed. Basically the gate area was jam packed full of people since there was nothing else to do. These other college kids were traveling. One looks out the window and skeptically asks (in a complaining tone) , "they're going to fit all of us on to that little plane?!?" His friend responds with "Little plane? Isn't that a 737?"

I didn't say anything back...

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:36 am
by qf772
I overheard a some guy explain blended winglettes on a 737 to his party like this:

"Airports are getting smaller and smaller so they have to bend the wings up at the ends so they'll fit in their parks."

I almost chimed in and asked why they don't just build the wings straight up, think of how small the airports could be.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:38 am
by atrude777
Ohh My favs!

After checking everyone in and all They ask me where are going to.

Me " oh its gate XX Ma'am"
them "no what city?"
me "uhm..PHX according to your ticket?"

Same thing, but then they'd ask me, this is Southwest Airlines right?
Me *looks at the sign SOUTHWEST AIRLINES behind me* "yes ma'am it is!"


Another one...(i was stationed in STL for SWA)
pax--"Hi, I am flying to STL"
me-"well your already here! next?!"
pax-"what do you mean i said---OH, ya (finally tells me real city)


Now here is a kicker

Pax-- which 737 are we on sir?
myself-- your on a 737-700 sir
pax- does it have winglets on?
myself- yes it does sir!

(i am thinking by god we finally have a sane pax! till he goes..)

pax-- ohh good, the winglets are the safer ones and the one we want to fly on, makes us fly faster and smoother and can carry more people

me thinking *ugh....*

Alex

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:41 am
by pitops
I still love when people stop me in front of the escalators going to the transit at PIT and ask how to get to baggage claim. I look at them like they are dumb and point up to the huge BAGGAGE CLAIM sign right above their heads.

On another occassion when I was working in a retail store, we had a lady ask us if they sold milk at ORD. Like we had any idea.

Another time, I was working at the CNBC store at the beginning of D concourse with my buddy and a lady came in real fast like she was in a hurry and asked us if this was the Post Office. The CNBC store is a tiny store with books, snacks, and some Pittsburgh merch; nothing that resembles a PO in any way. We just kinda laughed at her and told her where it was.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:43 am
by qf772
Also I remember when I was a kid a QF FA told me that the 744s have Longreach painted on the side of them becuase they are used for long reaches. I suspect he was joking.

However, almost everytime we fly on a QF 744 my girlfirend say, oh look we're on Longreach, we've been on this one before.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:04 am
by RickYHM
A friend who works as an ambassador at YHM tells me of all of the not so bright passengers. He will ask what airline they are flying today and he will get at least one person a day tell him they are flying “Tango” instead of Air Canada because they booked a Tango fare. He will have people still to this day (bubble living people) complaining that they have not done a very good job advertising the fact that liquids are not allowed on board or (I love this) “when the hell did they bring this out” or this is not a liquid, “it is a soup and that’s a food”. He is amazed at the number of people have no idea what airline they are on or sometimes not even sure where they are going. These people usually have packed very carefully and safely all of their papers in the middle of their locked suite case or never even bothered to print anything off when booking their flight.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:09 am
by Yflyer
I wouldn't exactly call it dumb, but you know RJs have become way too common when you overhear a fellow passenger on a 737-300 remark "Wow, this is a really big plane!"

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:18 am
by mycrj17
Or when I was working for OH at MDW, a PAX came up to me asking where is the counter for AT&T....................... Do you mean ATA. Yeah that's what I said ATA......DEE DEE DEE..

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:25 am
by LAXspotter
Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 6):
Me : What aircraft was it?

Friend : A white one.

Its hard for me to understand, how people cannot appreciate aviation one bit, Ive seen people not even glance at the 747 150 feet above their heads, I dunno how people can ignore that.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:32 am
by UK_Dispatcher
I was walking along B Pier at MAN when I worked there a few years ago and a lady came up to me:


Lady: Excuse me. Is this the flight to Malaga?

Me: Yes

Lady: From Manchester?

Me: Errmm... yes.


Simple, but I had to laugh as I walked away.

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:33 am
by Osprey88
You will eventually hear these if you board a UA flight or visit a UA hub.

SJC-IAD on a A320

Pax: Oh look, a 737!

or
SJC-DEN on a 733

Pax: Seems as if we are on an A320 today, thats good because they are a lot smoother than those 737s!

 boggled   bitelip 

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:55 am
by kevi747
Sad, but true story: After encountering a batch of unexpected moderate turbulence we suddenly came out of it into totally smooth air. As we began to clean up the mess made when our beverage inserts flew off the cart a woman (apparently acting as spokesperson for the 5 people in her party) said, "Excuse me, but we were wondering why we've stopped?"

I was a little confused and replied that the turbulence had come out of nowhere but it seemed to be over and that everything was fine.

She said, "OK, but why aren't we moving?"

I said, "I'm not sure what you mean."

She clarified, "The plane has stopped moving, and we want to know whats going on."

It finally dawned on me that since the airplane had been shaking violently and then suddenly became still, they assumed that somehow the pilots had slammed on the brakes and we were hovering midair, completely suspended motionless 35,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea.

I reassured them that the airplane was continuing to move forward very fast, but since it was smooth we just couldn't sense the motion.

Quoting Mycrj17 (Reply 23):
F/A- sir whould like something to drink?

Clark - Yes I will have a Coke.

F/A - Do you want that in the can?

Clark - (thinks about it and turns to the back on the plane) no I'll have it right here..

Me (to passenger): Would you like something to drink?

Passenger: Yes.

........silence.........crickets chirping........seconds ticking away as the person stares blankly at me.......

Me: Oh sorry, WHAT would you like to drink?

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:59 am
by Maverick623
Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 18):
On a DL MD88 hop out of SAV recently, taxiing out to the runway, some dude was sitting behind me telling his kids "right now we're taxiing on the APU, and theyll start the engines on the runway".

Would've been better had the flight needed an air start... then again try explaining that to those people!!!!

Quoting QF772 (Reply 31):
"Airports are getting smaller and smaller so they have to bend the wings up at the ends so they'll fit in their parks."

I've actually used that line, jokingly of course.

Quoting PITops (Reply 33):
On another occassion when I was working in a retail store, we had a lady ask us if they sold milk at ORD. Like we had any idea.

Pretty sure every terminal in the US with a fast-food restaurant sells milk... just not in gallon sizes.

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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:12 am
by BlueSky1976
I once heard a guy telling his son that the DC-10 was a bigger version of Boeing 747.

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:13 am
by floorrunner
I remember working reservations and information back in the PeopleExpress days, and a woman calls in and says, "My flight leaves in 15 minutes but I have a 2 hour drive to the airport. Can you run outside and tell the pilot to wait for me?"

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:11 am
"I thought I was going by boat."

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:11 am
by TristarAtLCA
The funniest thing I have ever heard from a passenger came when I snagged a cockpit flight on a 320 from LHR to VIE. This was pre 9/11 so cockpit visit requests were usually granted. A very pleasant middle aged lady came into the cockpit and stated that she had flown all her life and never seen the front of a plane. The captain explained what the CRT's were showing, the buttons overhead etc. After a couple of minutes she thanked the captain for his time and then turned to the FO and asked:

'AND WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?'

I swear if that thing wasn't on Auto I think the female FO might have crashed her 'bus. She was dumbstruck. To this day I wished the FO replied 'I'm a hairdresser. Just giving the Captain a little trim'

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:48 am
by mycrj17
Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 43):
I once heard a guy telling his son that the DC-10 was a bigger version of Boeing 747.

HA HA HA that's great....

I just love the look for the PAX when find out they are going home on a CRJ. They are like " That's the plane that taking us there ? Its so small. " I payed how much money to fly on that..I need to see your Supervisor...


Matt

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:15 am
by Bramble
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 19):
am now completely and totally convinced that there are people living in caves who have no contact with the outside world in any way, shape, or form. There is simply no other way to explain the incomprehensible stupidity of that statement

My airline tells all new cabin crew that 'Pax check in their common sense with their bags so expect irrational behaviour from ppl who should know better'

RE: Dumbest Things Heard From Passengers

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:42 am
by ogre727
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 38):
Its hard for me to understand, how people cannot appreciate aviation one bit, Ive seen people not even glance at the 747 150 feet above their heads, I dunno how people can ignore that.

To be fair, I know nothing about cars and have a hard time distinguishing a Maserati from a Volvo from a Hyundai, heck, I've even confused a Bentley with a Chrysler!!!

It is hard for me too to understand that many people do not appreciate aviation one bit, but it's just life.