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1. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

So I flew back into Baltimore BWI airport last night, returning from a week Holiday back home in Texas, and had a parade waiting for me on the runway to welcome me back. After 2 almost landings, the pilot came on and said we were having some "gear" problems (not as if we already knew it was landing "gear" problems as he had lowered and raised them twice while circling the runway). Finally after an hour of circling, the pilot came back on and said "no worries, we think its a faulty indicator light, and we will land in the next few minutes then". He also added, "dont be alarmed by the parade of fire engines waiting for us on the runway though, its just a precausion". And boy were there fire engines, about 8 of em! and they followed us all the way to the gate (just as a precausion). I am happy to announce that I am alive and in one piece, though, a little dissapointed as the parade could have used a big blow up character of some kind.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting s_hoot

After 2 almost landings, the pilot came on and said we were having some "gear" problems (not as if we already knew it was landing "gear" problems as he had lowered and raised them twice while circling the runway). Finally after an hour of circling

I really would shit it out in my trousers....

3. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

OK, two things:
1) Aren't you glad you weren't sitting next to Wouterr?
2) Be happy they weren't ambulances lining up.....

It always gives you pause for thought when the pilot says "We think...". I don't want my pilots to think, I want them to KNOW!!

Still, glad to have you back on the ground in a single piece.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I don't want my pilots to think, I want them to KNOW!!

What do you want him to do? Open a window, tie a rope [Hmmm. Needs More Rope] and climb down the outside of the plane to look under it to see if there are any wheels dangling out?

Admittedly, you'd have thought he could have phoned somebody at the airport he was circling around to ask "hey, are my wheels down?" or some such...

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Yes!!! Is that too much to ask?????

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

Admittedly, you'd have thought he could have phoned somebody at the airport he was circling around to ask "hey, are my wheels down?" or some such...

Since you have not had the pleasure of being on a plane - almost, but not quite... The use of electronic devices are not allowed until the plane has landed and is taxiing to the gate. I think the phones in the cockpit are just there to give a false sense of security. Should a pilot attempt to use one, they get the following message: "Feck off!! We told you the use of electronic devices is not allowed until after the plane has landed. Please hang up and try again while on the the taxiway. Thank you for using (fill in blank here) Airlines."

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Beerman

Aren't you glad you weren't sitting next to Wouterr?

that would be problematic, especially if I had a windowseat...

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Beerman

Aren't you glad you weren't sitting next to Wouterr?

that would be problematic, especially if I had a windowseat...

If I were s_hoot, I would break the window immediately to get some fresh air.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Beerman

Aren't you glad you weren't sitting next to Wouterr?

"Whoopsie! I mean, Poopsie!"

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Come on guys. In those circumstances I don't think that Hien nor Tway would be able to notice the smell of some poopy trousers...

So Hien and Tway don't act tougher then you are....