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Flying is fun! (right?!)

Travel Forums General Talk Flying is fun! (right?!)

1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

So, I've got a really long flight looming and I wanted to hear everyones stories.

1. Funny/odd fellow passengers
2. Getting rid of funny/odd(/boring) fellow passengers
3. General shenanigans...?

I had to pretend to be asleep for about three quarters of my flight to India because I was sat next to Indias answer to Richard Branson(self confessed.) He was unbelievable, when he wasn't busy boring the pants off me about his various enterprises he was making the poor hostesses run about after him they were so annoyed by the end of it they just started to come and switch off his call light and ignore him...(who uses the call button anyway? how rude)

Give me a giggle

mim

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Inevitably the most annoying person on the plane is always sitting right next to me too.

Usually I get some guy on one side who wants to talk to me about business or something like that.

Or I get a guy who weighs 400 pounds sitting next to me (I'm a big guy too) so we get smushed together like sardines in a little tin.... and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS I have the little kid behind me who climbs on my seat and kicks it throughout the flight.

I still love to fly though, so it must not be as bad as I make it sound.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Nooooooooo.

Flying? never!!! (sorry, but with a title like that, i just had to say it)

4. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

I just thought of something from when I was much younger...

We used to live in Alaska and trying to fly five people to visit family in Wisconsin got to be outrageously expensive so to try and save money we would have crazy flight schedules and stuff. But when you're 6 or 7 yrs old it's great fun especially since if you're tired you can just curl up on mom or dad's lap and be sound asleep...

but one flight my brother sister and I were wide awake and my mom and dad were asleep, so we started playing card games... Unfortunately we chose slap jack :)
The older lady who's seat back we were playing on was not very happy at all. Especially since she was trying to sleep...

So sad to say I have been one of those annoying other people on the plane...

5. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

Haha, flying is fun?
It's the only thing to do! Just look at my nick!
If it wasn't for my wife and kids, I'll be sitting on the plane every day, I am off work. I have 9 more months to go, then I'll be able to fly free in coach ( I work for AA). Then my wife can't give much excuse that I shouldn't fly so much.
Maybe just the kid in me. I am always excited when I travel by plane. Each time I fly Dallas - Tokyo, 13:30 hours, I just can't sleep, even when Iget good seats. I don't recall ever had a bad flight, and I have been flying when Boeing 707 was the norm, and when 747 just came out.
Some like it high (35000 feet high) I guess!

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

I always forget that I used to be that annoying little kid! I try to have fun with them mostly though like pretend to be really really angry at them then give them a wink, Last time I had a sweet fight with one.
Actually realisation strikes I still am that annoying little kid!

Which has just this minute reminded me of my flight home last year when this couple of lads were given a rollicking cos they had beer, I think they were only about 12, It turned out their mum sat five rows back had in fact given it to them, was quite amuzin watching them try and blag their way out of it!

off the topic Gelli, if you don't mind me asking what does your nickname mean???(if anything)

m

7. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Love to fly but hate landing!!

I blame it on my brother in law . . ever since when he had to take a 2nd attempt at landing, very unnerving watching the end of the runway get closer and then be underneath you, but you are still 3 or more metres off the ground!

Kids can be bad if they are seated behind you, but what is worse is someone with BO and a bad cold!! Had that recently, ugh!!

8. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 12y

Flying is fun indeed, it always reminds me of good times...
Once on a long flight to Chile I had two chinese kids sitting in front of me, they were making a lot of noise during the whole flight, couldn't sleep very much that night... But anyway I never have a good sleep on the airplane, most of the time I just sleep like one hour...

9. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Hey mim,

Flying is not that bad. I've had good experiences flying and horrible ones. The worst experience I ever had was when I was nine. I had an upset stomach on the way to the airport- motion sickness or something. Actually, I vomitted all over the rental car ! Then when I was on the plane I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to eat the meal they gave us (mystery meat and jell-o, yum;)!), and of course it brought my upset stomach back. It really hit home when we were landing, which gave my gut a jumble and the contents came pouring out as we walked down the ramp into the airport! Yuck! It was a good thing that my mom brought one of those vomit bags they put in the seats in front of you with her, otherwise I would have upchucked all over her, instead !

10. Posted by jhuxley (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

This is an Email I was sent a while back, made me chuckle.

Fw: flying

All too rarely, Australian airline attendants make an effort to make
the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more
entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend
from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face.
If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before
assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with
more than one small child, pick your favourite.
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"Weather at our destination is 32 degrees with some broken clouds, but
we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember,
nobody loves you, or your money, more than Qantas Airlines."
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"Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the
overhead area. Please place the bag over your own mouth and nose before
assisting children... or other adults acting like children."
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Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We
ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the
terminal."
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An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered
his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which
required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited,
smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying United.
"He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking
the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.
Finally everyone had got off except for an old lady walking with a cane. She
said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot.
"What is it?"
The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"
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After a real crusher of a landing in Sydney, the Flight Attendant came
on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt.
Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against
the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are
silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage
to the terminal."
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Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank
you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane
urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurised metal tube, we hope
you'll think of Qantas."
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A plane was taking off from Mascot Airport. After it reached a
comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the
intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to
Flight Number XYZ, non-stop from Sydney to Auckland.
The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have smooth and
uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax - S__T! ARGHHH! OH, MY GOD!"
Silence followed and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the
intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you
earlier, but, while I was talking, the flight attendant brought me a cup of
coffee and spilled the hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my
pants!"
A passenger in Economy said, "That's nothing. He should see the back
of mine!"