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Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:15 pm

What's the most unusual experience you've had on a flight--or in an airport?

Frightening experiences come to mind right away, of course--landing gear failure, engine out--but there are "non-emergency" unusuals as well--e.g., a friend of mine found himself in his reserved seat next to his ex, with whom he hadn't talked to in 6 years.

How about it? What's happened to you?
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:29 pm

My teachers husband nearly had a fight with a bloke for trying to stop him reclining. She went ape. Does that count?
 
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Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:39 pm

On a UA MUC-IAD, I saw the man across the aisle from me change his son's diaper.

[Edited 2012-03-04 14:45:19]
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:03 pm

On a TR flight from KBV to SIN I saw a mother let her toddler child pee in a plastic bag then put the bag in the seatback pocket. Mind you, they were expats!  Wow!

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:39 am

Most unusual from my experience

- UA A319 flight from ORD to LGA, the oxygen masks from the row behind us deployed.

Not so unusual:

- OZ A333 flight from ICN to MNL, go around
- OZ 744 flight from ICN to JFK, there was a water leak (most likely from the A/C) over my row, I got a little wet of course but FAs were apologetic and helpful.

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:05 am

I proposed on the C cabin of an AM MD-87 GDL-MTY to my (ex) fiancée. You can see how that ended up if all I´m interested in remembering are the details of the flight, but that´s another story...

[Edited 2012-03-04 17:07:20]
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:56 am

A group of orthodox Jews onboard an AA (with LY codesharing) flight JFK-LHR at night, praying throughout using cape and tefellin, near the emergency exits. Aside from the disturbance these people created, the for many people weird sight was nothing to be comfortable with, especially on a JFK-LHR bound, post 9-11 flight on this American airline.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:26 am

Unusual in a positive way:

Prior to boarding a UA flight from SMF to DEN, the first officer came into the terminal, introduced himself and made some humorous announcements, including one that went something like "I noticed many of you have rather close connections in Denver. Those of you who don't have connections please allow those who do off the plane first. If you do have a connection and find the passengers in front of you aren't moving fast enough you are allowed to kill and eat them." (He claimed this was allowed by the FAA   )

Unusual in a negative way:

Also prior to boarding a UA flight, this time form IAD to SMF. Our flight was delayed a hour because the crew went to the wrong airport, which is the strangest reason I've ever had a flight be delayed.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:40 am

I was non reving SFO-NRT in first class on a 777. After the meal and while people were settling down, the passenger across the aisle couldn't recline his seat. It was stuck in the upright position. Three flight attendants tried to fix it or override it and none of them could figure it out. Then the purser came up to me since she knew I worked in engineering (I'm not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination). She handed me the user guide and a flashlight. It took me a few minutes, but I was able to figure out how to override the jammed seat and got it into a bed mode.

On approach into NRT, everyone was getting prepared for landing, but no flight attendant was willing to get anywhere near close to helping him since none of them could figure out how to get the seat to work. I then get up, slam the seat back upright and lock it into place. The passenger asks who I was (since I was just dressed in typical non rev business casual attire) and I told him I was an engineer and worked for the airline. He said thank you and asked if there was always an engineer on board to fix the seats. I got a good laugh out of that one.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:15 am

On an AF340 we twice aborted take-off from St. Marteen, one of them at very high speed (the pilot came on the PA and she said that the kind was keeping changing direction).

On an Air Dolomiti ATR42-72 (can't remember the type) we attempted to land 3 times during a storm. After the first attemp the pilot didn't gain height and just tried to land from the other end of the runway. It happened at Genoa airport, in Italy, and the runway is built over the sea. After the third attemp we diverted to Pisa as the pilot said he didn't have enough fuel reserve to keep trying (or maybe he just gave up).

On another Air Dolomiti ATR42 from Trieste to Milan I was the only passenger on board (shortly after the service was cancelled).
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:42 pm

I was in a Thai Airways flight from PEK to BKK. We boarded on time and I had just come from a 14 hours flight from IAD so I was very tired. I sat in my seat, buckled my seatbelt and just fell asleep there.
When I woke up, we were in the very same position and I was a little disoriented.
I asked the guy beside me what had happened and he said:

"We've been here for 5 hours now".

15 minutes after that we pushed back.
When we landed we had indeed a 5 hours delay in the gate, which I had slept all the way through.
I was surprised we were just there and nothing happened!
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:03 am

I was non-revving from SFO to MOD a few years ago and was the only passenger on the first flight in the morning. The flight attendant started doing the safety demo, stops and says your non rev right. I said yep, she says you know the routine? I said yep, she asked if I minded if she took a power nap, I said nope. I thought that was kinda unique.
I was also non-revving from MDW-BNA a few years back also. This guy in the row ahead of me was loudly talking on his cell phone, using obscene language, was obviously drunk, and wouldn't put his seatbelt on. After a few mins the Capt comes walking back to my row, and says sir I heard you may have had too much too drink. So I said I had a couple at the bar, but I'm not drunk, then all the passengers were like no the other guy. It kinda freaked me out because I was a non rev. But the guy calmed down, and we start taxiing out. Then this guy stands up and starts yelling TAKE ME OFF THIS F!#%ING PLANE NOW!!!!!! We go back to the gate, police come onboard, the whole plane starts clapping as he is escorted off, while the guy yells cuss words. Pushed back again and the flight was routine after that.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:56 pm

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 10):
I was in a Thai Airways flight from PEK to BKK. We boarded on time and I had just come from a 14 hours flight from IAD so I was very tired. I sat in my seat, buckled my seatbelt and just fell asleep there.
When I woke up, we were in the very same position and I was a little disoriented.
I asked the guy beside me what had happened and he said:

"We've been here for 5 hours now".

15 minutes after that we pushed back.
When we landed we had indeed a 5 hours delay in the gate, which I had slept all the way through.
I was surprised we were just there and nothing happened!

Oh dear. Imagine how you would have felt if you are awake all along.

My most unusual experience were

(1) flying on an SQ flight HKG-SIN back in the 90s on a 772. There were only about 20 pax in the whole Y cabin and yet the C cabin was full!

(2) aborted take off on GF LHR-BAH sometime in March 2010. After we exited 27R and entered the exiting taxiway, we were surrounded by two or three trucks and we just parked there for about 10-15 minutes whilst our plane was being examined. Runway 27R was shut for a few minutes because of us.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:35 pm

I was on a flight last December that was struck by lightning:
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:52 pm

On a LH flight last summer from FRA to GOT a passenger decided that he needed something from the overhead locker when we were standing at the runway. All flight attendants went mad and shouted really loud at him, but it looked as if he couldn't be bothered less about it.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:14 pm

A guy died across the aisle from me in the middle of the Pacific ocean flying AKL-LAX.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:28 pm

Before landing into TGU (one of the most dangerous approaches in the world) the crew onboard a CM flight was handing out alcohol shots (separate and unrelated to the usual bar service) to the passangers, choices were rum or Baileys.
This has not happened on any CM flight I took before or after this flight. Not sure if the reason for such additional "service" was to calm the pax down due to the adrenalitic approach, but its fun to take it that way!!!  

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:10 pm

- watched a passenger poop in the aisle on EWR-BOM cause he refused to wait for a lav

- assisted cabin crew in tackling an EDP running up the aisle

- i gave up my meal selection on LAX-LHR because another passenger flipped out crazy on the staff when he couldn't get his first choice and 'bloody paid full fare first class'

  
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:21 pm

Quoting fxramper (Reply 17):
watched a passenger poop in the aisle on EWR-BOM cause he refused to wait for a lav

I think the question is, adult or child?

Either way, it's vile, but adults doing that is downright criminal.

My strangest was having armed Police board after we'd boarded and took away 2 guys in those long, Middle Eastern gown things, beards and turbans. Made it quite an uncomfortable flight.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:11 pm

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 18):
Either way, it's vile, but adults doing that is downright criminal.

Gerard Depardieu comes to mind.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:18 pm

Also had a lady on PVG-ORD try and use a homemade (fake) credit card for duty free. It was truly bizarre as she kept insisting it was authentic.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 18):
I think the question is, adult or child?

A grown man.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:53 pm

The most bizarre experience for me wasn't on an airplane, it was on the cruise ship Celebrity Zenith. I found an old gentleman dead in the next cabin. I could write a book about how it all happened, his wife, his family. I remarked at the time that if Angela Lansbury (in her role in 'Murder She Wrote') had been there, we would have discovered the whole truth.

The most bizarre experience on an airplane wasn't so bad, in fact it was quite good. I got a handjob under the blanket from my seatmate. Many many years ago. I can't believe I just said that! I'll probably lose my membership here.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:50 pm

Both things that came to mind for me happened with Chalks Ocean Airways. First we were flying PID- Watson Island but with a stop in Bimini. We got off the plane in BImini as we were told to. We get back and the flight is full our four seats are taken. How Chalks over booked a 17 seat plane I am not sure. The British tourist group on the flight started yelling at us thinking we just arrived to the airport not realizing we were the only 4 people on the flight coming into the island. We got our seats back and I think Chalks just flew the plane back to pick up the other four pax. Only about a 15-20min flight.

Also with chalks right after initial climb out of Nassau Harbor the captain opened his window and we were there climbing to about 7,000ft with the window open.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:37 am

On a DL flight from BOG-ATL waiting for take off, one of the FA noticed that the kid sitting on other row to my left didn't have the seat belt fastened. So the FA (man) asked in Spanish/English finding out they are from Brazil and tried to put the seat belt on for the kid and the kid snapped and started to kick the front seat, scream very violently.
The FA told his mom it's either belt on or we are not taking off. Luckily the plane was about to take off and the FA returned and didn't mention anything.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:28 pm

I've had a few "odd" experiences on flights:

1- AF CDG-RUH a doctor fainted in the aisle (this was on an A319ER/LR so not a great deal of room) - the irony was, he was the only doctor or medicine on board...

2- BD RUH-LHR a woman got on carrying about 4 huge suitcases as hand luggage and sat in one of the Business class seats (I was also in Business class a few rows back), a businessman came on and said "this is my seat" (which it was) and then 2 armed guards came on and escorted the woman and her 4 bags off the plane and boarding continued.

3- I was ill with food poisoning on a BA flight from RUH-LHR (last April), needless to say I had numerous trips to the loo and went through a couple of sick bags, but the crew were great and they soon issued some medication, told me to sit down and relax for a bit (I actually wanted to stand and chat for a while with them), and the CSM bought me a 1.5Litre bottle of water and a cup and told me "don't eat or drink anything other than this, here's all the extra sick bags I could find in case you need them, are you connecting anywhere?" - "Yes, Manchester" - "Right, is that the one about an hour after we arrive or the later one?" - "A later one" - "Ok, let me know at the end of the flight if you feel okay to go on with that one, if not we'll rebook you onto a later one than that"

4- BD LHR- (was meant to be RUH), we diverted to DMM I think due to a sand storm at RUH
5- BD LHR- (again, was meant to be RUH) we didn't even board the plane as Heathrow shut because of the snow (before Christmas 2010)
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:02 am

MDW-ATL on FL a few years ago there was an indian family across the aisle from me. They had all their children in one row and the parents were behind them. As we were taxiing one of the children started screaming. The mother didn't do anything until we had reached the runway and were cleared for takeoff. Then she decided to get up to calm the kid down. I was sure she was going to get thrown to the back of the plane. After we took off during the period when she still shouldn't have been out of her seat, she decided to rearranged everyone and move one of the other kids back so she could sit with the crying one. Of course all of this is happening right across the aisle and me and the guy sitting next to me couldn't do anything but roll our eyes.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:05 pm

A Braniff 747-100 flight from DFW to HNL changed the engine with the airplane sitting at the gate. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Prior to boarding, they announced that they need to change the engine (#1 engine). The process took 5 hours and was done with the aircraft still sitting at the gate. All of us sat in the gate and watched the process take place. Once the new engine was on the wing, they pushed back from the gate, and did an engine run. Then they taxiied back to the gate, all of us boarded the flight, and flew 8 hours non-stop to HNL.

Another Braniff 747 flight from DFW to LGW was sitting at the gate in DFW. A strong thunderstorm with high winds and rain blew thru airport. When the rain stopped, you could see that the catering truck that was jacked up in the air behind the wing had blown over and was laying against the trailing edge of the wing and the flaps. They brought a crane out to put the truck in the upright position. The flight cancelled.

Had a flight delayed due to a cracked windshield on the inbound flight. They cracked the new replacement windshield while trying to install the new one. No more windshields available, flight cancelled.

Had a commuter jet flight ICT to ATL cancel because the flight attendant showed up drunk for work.

Had a flight delayed because the escape slide partially deployed because the door was not deactivated prior to opening.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:57 pm

Quoting daviation (Reply 21):
I got a handjob under the blanket from my seatmate

Oh my God. Did you actually know this person? Why don't I get on any flights like these????  
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:08 pm

Quoting LOWS (Reply 2):
On a UA MUC-IAD, I saw the man across the aisle from me change his son's diaper.

Unfortunately this happens far more than people realise!

Quoting Coal (Reply 3):
On a TR flight from KBV to SIN I saw a mother let her toddler child pee in a plastic bag then put the bag in the seatback pocket. Mind you, they were expats!

Similar happened to me when cleaning the cabin (the joys of working for a LCC!). I picked up a bottle and asked myself why there was apple juice in a water bottle... then why said bottle was warm. Draw your own conclusions, fortunately I was wearing gloves!

Quoting daviation (Reply 21):
The most bizarre experience on an airplane wasn't so bad, in fact it was quite good. I got a handjob under the blanket from my seatmate. Many many years ago. I can't believe I just said that! I'll probably lose my membership here.

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:44 pm

Really not that spectacular, but nevertheless, this past summer on my 744 DTW-AMS flight about 2 hours out of AMS a old lady a row in front of me became sick. Fortunately there was a doctor on board, and it was deemed that a diversion was not necessary. Once we got to AMS paramedics helped the lady off the aircraft before anyone else was allowed to disembark.
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:52 pm

On an Air Baltic flight a drunk Russian guy in my row passed out and had to have medical attention from the crew with an expedited landing in KBP. He'd drunk an entire bottle of Vodka bought in duty free on the flight from RIX, the crew found it in his jacket pocket and were pretty pissed off. I wasn't sure if it was an ambulance or police waiting for him.

On a NAJ-GYD Azerbaijan Airlines flight the plane was very overloaded with people standing in the galley and luggage rammed everywhere, filling all the emergency exits. Similarly the cargo holds, racks and every available bit of space was bulging. The Tu-154 used 3,200m of the 3,300m runway before heaving itself into the air and had to fly several circuits above the airfield before it had enough altitude to clear the surrounding mountains.

On a KBP-SIP-KBP flight with WizzAir Ukraine there was a complementary meal service with free sandwiches and drinks. This was to celebrate their first ever flights and was a nice and unusual touch.


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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:29 pm

Late 70's one evening - only 6 of us on at TW (it was either a 720 or 707) ORD to MCI. 2 in F - 4 in "coach". Great service. You got a meal on the route then.

About 10 years ago. BUR to PHX on America West. Take off roll - full throttle. Young guy has panic attack in row in front of me. He is in window seat. Last 2-3 rows of Y. He jumps up pushes the two pax in the middle and aisle seat out in the aisle -- yelling " I have to get off, etc." In a split second - FA jumps up from rear jump seat - pulls him towards the rear and down to floor and holds him down. Two dazed pax are still standing in the aisle. I yell "sit down" they do just as we lift off. They kept the poor kid in the rear jump seat most of the flight. He calmed down and was really embarassed, apologizing to those close by when he came back to his seat before landing in PHX.
 
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Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:16 pm

GOI-AMD-JAI on Spicejet - SG's food did not agree with me so I farted during the flight. The reaction of the British lady sitting in front of me was priceless. She jumped out of her seat and screamed "JESUS", turned on all of the air nozzles in her row, started fanning herself and making her husband fan her with magazines, and then tried to give me a death stare but I just pretended I was asleep. It didn't even smell that bad. Looking back, it was hilarious.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:53 am

Most unusual experience was actually just this January. I was flying British Airways from Lisbon to Heathrow and we boarded on time and there had been no announcement of a delay up to that point. Once we were seated, the captain announced a delay of 2 hours, which ended up being a delay of 5 hours, due to weather in London. We remained onboard for the entire time and at one point the captain was going from row to row to address any concerns or question passengers may have had. When the captain was in row 10 of our A320, a young man who was seated in 18A got up, turned around, and started punching and banging the head of a man in his early 40s, who was in seat 19A, against the wall repeatedly, shouting "What the f*ck are you doing, you mother f*cker". The wall of the aircraft was quite covered in blood, as was the man's face. This lasted for about 10 seconds until the captain reacted and shouted at him to stop whilst he and two other passengers tried to restrain the rogue young man. When he was finally restrained the captained yelled at him twice saying "you do not do this on my aircraft!". About 20 minutes later, four police agents came and took him off the aircraft. During these 20 minutes, the injured man was in the rear galley being treated and the hooligan of 18A was sitting down quietly with two flight attendants around him. The victim was then upgraded to Club and was surely further compensated. I was later told that they were in no way related to each other and that 18A reacted because 19A had slightly moved the back of 18A's seat when crossing his legs. Other than the very sudden agressions, 18A had not given any previous warning or addressed 19A in any way.

Quoting daviation (Reply 21):
I got a handjob under the blanket from my seatmate. Many many years ago. I can't believe I just said that! I'll probably lose my membership here.

Yup, we have a winner!

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 32):

Unless you have some sort of condition, that is really disgusting and inappropriate.

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:20 pm

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
A group of orthodox Jews onboard an AA (with LY codesharing) flight JFK-LHR at night, praying throughout using cape and tefellin, near the emergency exits. Aside from the disturbance these people created, the for many people weird sight was nothing to be comfortable with, especially on a JFK-LHR bound, post 9-11 flight on this American airline.

I witnessed a similar thing in 2004 waiting for a flight to LIS from EWR. The LY flight was to depart from next to our TP flight and all of a sudden many presumably Orthodox Jews started to do their prayers all over the gate. On the counter, on the floor...you name it. Apparently many of the folks at our gate had never seen such a thing (including myself) so we were all sitting there watching them.

My most unusual experience on a flight came when I flew BOS-MKE for training with YX
I was sitting in the back on a jumpseat when a man in the exit row reached over and started to fondle a random woman sitting next to her husband. The woman was livid, and the husband pretty much threatened to kill him. He was restrained, and after the flight I had to give a statement to the MKE police which met the aircraft and removed the perp (perv?). Needless to say, that was one interesting experience!
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:33 pm

Last year, on a EK flight DXB-DUS my girlfriend fainted as we were flying over Turkey. I asked one of the F/A if they had some empty seats in the cabin so that she could lie down, but the flight was completely full. Then came the purser who took her upfront to a J seat, we stayed there for the remaining of the flight, with the F/A taking care of her, and I was able to sit in a J seat for the first time of my life...

Not during a flight but at check-in for my LH flight to FRA at JFK I saw a family of four in the line with 19 large suitcases...
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:51 pm

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 28):

Unfortunately this happens far more than people realise!
Quoting airtrainer (Reply 35):
Not during a flight but at check-in for my LH flight to FRA at JFK I saw a family of four in the line with 19 large suitcases...

Are people taking their entire wardrobes with them?

Yesterday on a regional train, there were some people going to Vienna for the week's vacation. They had 7 suitcases.

I've seen similar things at PIT and at IAD. I don't understand it.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:25 pm

Quoting LOWS (Reply 36):
I've seen similar things at PIT and at IAD. I don't understand it.

Me neither. At university many people I knew would take a huge suitcase back home with them for a weekend, and it wasn't even full of washing - just stuff they 'might need'. Then there's me going away to another continent for a week with just a rucksack...


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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:19 am

I really don't understand passengers who are eager to board the plane so quickly and then get off just as quickly too. HKG-SYD. We had just landed and vacated the runway when this woman got out of her seat, reached for her suitcase in the overhead compartment and started walking towards the front of the plane.. At least she listened to the flight attendants and didn't continue walking through towards the Business Class area and 1L.

Some creep watched me eat dinner (just stared at me) on a flight from HKG to LHR.. That was the most awkward meal I've ever had.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:05 am

Just remembered one. On DCA-MIA late afternoon flight I got some fudruckers hamburger before the flight for lunch. While seated I think before takeoff the man next to me said, "that looked like a good burger, you enjoy it." I thought it was a bit weird this guy remembered that I was eating a burger but even more odd he would say something like that.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:51 am

This is my most recent one. Last Wednesday, 3/7, UA793 ORD-SFO was slightly delayed because someone barfed all over seat 1E (right side aisle, A320) during the inbound flight deplaning. There was some kind of miscommunication between the CSR at the gate, the inbound flight attendants, the outbound flight attendants, and the pilots (who seemed to be doing both flights). The CSR sent the passengers down the jetway at the appointed time (with no barf briefing). The pilot stopped the boarding, had everyone wait in jetway while he went back out to the podium to either make a phone call or have words with he CSR. The pilot and the outbound flight attendants were really upset, but I'm not sure at whom. They were cool once the seat was fixed, though.

In any case, engineers came on through the catering door and took the seat covers off. Then they boarded coach and held first class until they had the seat cushions replaced. An important looking United executive type person showed up to direct the operations.

My first barf delay in 1.7 million miles.
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:18 am

I have one more from an Air Dolomiti flight from Munich to Genoa. Just before starting the engines the pilot came on the PA for the usual announcement. He said we'll fly over the Alps, then the city of Trieste and then landing in Bologna. The funny thing is that at the beginning nobody reacted. Then an alarmed lady called the hostess asking if the flight was going to Genoa. Few minutes later the pilot came back on the PA and said "of course we are going to Genoa".
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:46 pm

Last year travelling ams to yul on one of klm's md-11s, i was given my meal of pasta and i liked it!
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:56 pm

Quoting raffik (Reply 27):
Oh my God. Did you actually know this person? Why don't I get on any flights like these????
Quoting raffik (Reply 27):
You win!
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 28):
You win!
Quoting Speedbird741 (Reply 33):
Yup, we have a winner!

I wasn't sure if anyone actually read my response! No, I didn't know her at all. I have no idea what got into us. It was hard to maintain composure and a blank stare when you wanted to scream and moan!

But of course this was 25 years ago. I don't think anyone would put me in the hottie category now!

(And yes, I did clean the blanket afterward; I didn't just leave it for the poor FA)
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:23 pm

Quoting mad99 (Reply 42):
Last year travelling ams to yul on one of klm's md-11s, i was given my meal of pasta and i liked it!

Ack, just as I was going to post that I had a very nice steak in eco on JJ eleven years ago!   

My most unusual experiences were on UA and X3.
The former was storm-dodging on the way into DCA from ORD, everybody else was diverting to IAD but our timing allowed for us to slip in between the clouds. No matter which windows you looked out of, what you saw was thunderstorms, but weirdly enough our A319 didn't even shake much. Those of us who had baggage to claim looked quite forlorn in the empty hall, but that made it easier to walk around the puddles of rainwater.
The latter was a long delay due to fog at RJK. We were coming in from STR and after two go-arounds, the pilots decided to fly holding patterns for as long as the fuel would permit, waiting for the fog to clear. It didn't, so we went to ZAG instead. When we finally got to RJK several hours late, some of the kids waiting for the return flight were holding up signs with "Finally!" and "Welcome!" written on them. 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:55 pm

in the mid-1990's I was on a WN flight from PHX-SAT-HOU. We had been delayed about an hour leaving PHX, and a few people were upset, but not much can be done about it, right? Well after probably 70% of the passengers got off at SAT, we took off for HOU with maybe 35-40 onboard. The senior FA came on the intercom and said she's sorry the plane is so delayed, and to apologize, everyone who wants one can have a free beer. Then, she asked those who wanted beer to raise their hands, and she started chunking full cans over everyone's heads through the cabin! Fortunately most of us were good catches, lol!
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:12 pm

I was about to fly MNL-BKK-HEL, via AY upon reaching AY transfer desk i was told that flight was delayed by 2 hours, after a minute or so i was then told flight is cancelled, 13 hours later another AY MD-11 arrived from helsinki, boarded the plane and after 30 mins was asked again by the crew to disembark as the 2nd plane was leaking fuel. took them 8 hours to sort things out..! at that time there was 2 crippled AY MD-11 in BKK..

and then one turn around, QF 747-SP on a flight from SYD-MNL birdstrike while taking off. we turned around just before lunch service everyone was hungry and of course flying with just 3 engines running. kept on wondering if that happened on a 762. =)
 
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:58 am

Flew a Coastal Aviation Cessna Caravan from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar. The safety briefing? The pilot turns around and ask if we all have our seat belts on. He heads out for the active anyway without checking to see if we did not not. On the way back, with the same aircraft and pilot, I got to sit next to him in the right hand seat. Same "safety briefing" then he turns to me and says "You, dont touch nothing and keep your feet still". Never said another word to me, I was happy just to sit and watch it all...

Not quite on the plane, but I flew into Blantyre Malawi late at night and accepted the offer of the most persistant of the hordes of taxi drivers for a ride into the city. Apart from taking on some gas from a watering can that was hidden in a flower bed beore we left (I got out to check he wasnt going through my suitcase as he was filling up through the trunk as the regular gas cap was unconnected...) he was fine and gave me his card and told me to call him when I needed a ride back to the airport.

I duly did this, I had an early flight back out again with a connection in JNB so gave him strict instructions not to be late, as doing so would leave me there for another 2 days... He gave me very hearty assurances that with him, no one would ever miss their flight. The reason why? He was the air traffic controller - you see he explained with a huge grin from ear to ear, no plane goes anywhere until I get there. He personally checked me in and took my bag through security and out onto the apron.

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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:52 am

A pillow fight on a flight from PHX to PAE.(CO 1905) - 5 Nov 2010 http://youtu.be/Yt9pQprmL_E

Yes it was a fun flight.
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RE: Most Unusual Experience On A Flight?

Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:48 pm

Quoting daviation (Reply 43):
I wasn't sure if anyone actually read my response! No, I didn't know her at all. I have no idea what got into us.

You forgot a key detail. Was she hot?
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