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lukkucairi 02-25-2008 01:18 AM

question of the day ? for those still resolutely not watching the oscars (and in honor of trish and ratman):

what has been your worst air travel experience ever so far?

Jack Flanders 02-25-2008 01:53 AM

Well. I had a really funny story but realized that a great family had lost her life because of tragic plane crash last year. So - never mind.

trisherina 02-25-2008 03:14 AM

Probably my third lesson, just practicing flying straight and level and doing coordinated turns, May or June and there was a wee storm visible off to the east. Mr. Zinger took this opportunity to explain about cumulonimbus and show me the nice anvil top while we flew closer and closer to it. Then he said, "You should give these a pretty wide berth, especially in the spring, because there can be wind shears quite a ways away," and he instructed me to turn and I did and then WHAP my head hit the canopy HARD and my hands left the yoke. He said the words that made my legs sweat, "I have control," and pointed out to me in a second quite cannily (because he was a little shaken himself) that we had dropped 500 feet in altitude in that one WHAP but gone out the other side and so once again I was very grateful for Mr. Zinger.

T.I.P. 02-25-2008 04:17 AM

^ very cool, i hope to fly near a cumulonimbus someday

my worst air travel experience happened on a new york paris flight next to an obnoxious canadian girl. The (delta) flight did not have personal movies behind each seat. Instead, the movies were played on these puny little screens above the aisle. This was bad enough, but the situation was made worse by the fact that the movie screen near my seat was playing the movie upside down.

nothing life threatening, but very annoying.

Brynn 02-25-2008 05:50 AM

My worst experience flying was bookended by my best experience coming back.
We were flying to Ecuador around Christmas one year to see my in-laws who were diplomatic attaches there. It just happened to be just as President Bush Sr. decided to bomb Panama.
We spent fourteen hours stranded in an airport halfway there until the all-clear. Then another twelve hours in the air to finally get there.
We were greeted by angry Ecuadorans chanting at the airport. who could blame them?
After a great month driving all over the Andes, it was time to go home. My mother-in-law gave us a few valium to 'help us get through the flight." After stupidly combining that with alcohol (hey, we were young and fearless) time just flew right by and before we knew it, somebody kindly poured us out onto the pavement when we landed. Magically, good friends somehow knew when we were arriving, glooped us into their car and drove us home.

Frieda 02-25-2008 06:06 AM

landing with a sudden great big bang on orlando airport-- flight attendants were screaming, the isle TVs broke off and fell down into the isle with electricity wires crackling out in the open, lights went out, the overhead lockers opened and my bf at the time was showered in sealed ear buds. good thing he didn't have the booze bottles over his head.

anyway, i found myself already climbing on top of the seat in front of me on my way to the exit when i realised we were safe. after the flight attendants cleaned the place up we were able to leave the airplane.

Brynn 02-25-2008 06:08 AM

^^^excellent :eek:

madasacutsnake 02-25-2008 06:24 AM

Well, I have so many United stories but just for once, I'll tell the Interflug story. It's the one where they play the oom-pah music all the way from Singapore to Berlin.

Unabashed hijack to tell of my best flying experience which occurred last Thursday.

brightpearl 02-25-2008 08:47 AM

I haven't ever minded flying, been through turbulence and such, and one really white-knuckled landing on a far-too-short runway in Latin America, but by far my worst flying experience was when I swallowed hard and got on a plane with my baby just a couple of months after September 11. I was still reeling from the massive hormonal and emotional and spiritual conversion of looking into my own baby's eyes, and I was not in any way ready to put my baby on a plane, but I had shoved that aside in an effort to take him to see family that wanted to meet him. As the engines began to roar and the plane moved forward, I realized exactly how deeply and utterly not ready I was to accept this tiny, tiny risk of hideous death for my tiny, tiny child. I knew it wasn't rational even at the time, but it still ranks as one of the absolute worst experiences of my entire life.

I even ordered tomato juice, and it didn't help at all.

Stephi_B 02-25-2008 08:51 AM

None so far!
Well can be that a) I fly not so much and b) I have developed a high tolerance towards travel calamities as excessive train user...

lukkucairi 02-25-2008 11:54 AM

well, I've never been convinced I was about to die, but there was that one time when the near port-side engine on our 747 flamed out (thankfully before takeoff) and we were stuck on the runway for 6 hours in the middle of the night while the Jamaican ladies behind us sang hymns loudly and in tinny voices and prayed to god that we wouldn't all be killed...in a stationary plane, I couldn't figure that one out...but they did it for the entire six hours before BA finally unloaded us and sent us all off to a local hotel where we were laid over for another 36 hours without a change of clothes or a toothbrush...

then there was the time we were coming in to land in one of those teensy planes I flew in all the time in the Bahamas, and the landing gear indicator wouldn't come on so Roland (the pilot) took us out over the sea and shook the plane up and down for 5 minutes (*blarf!*) to see if he could get the gear to lock...and when we finally did land we were being paced by the airport crash team along the runway, all ready to spray the purple K and foam if we did a belly-landing (the gear turned out to be fine - it was "dirt in the switch" apparently)...but we landed perfectly :)

mad: oompah music all the way from Singapore to Berlin? isn't that protected grounds for hijacking under the Geneva convention?

Frieda 02-25-2008 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by madasacutsnake (Post 377578)

Unabashed hijack to tell of my best flying experience which occurred last Thursday.

spill!! :D :D

lukkucairi 02-25-2008 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frieda (Post 377604)
spill!! :D :D

seconded :D

lukkucairi 02-25-2008 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brynn (Post 377570)
After stupidly combining that with alcohol (hey, we were young and fearless) time just flew right by and before we knew it, somebody kindly poured us out onto the pavement when we landed. Magically, good friends somehow knew when we were arriving, glooped us into their car and drove us home.

I have a friend who moved from Atlanta to Denmark using that method - for the flight he took a couple of valium with scotch chasers

he says that he has a vague memory of flight attendants going through his pockets to figure out who he was and where he was supposed to go, and being wheelchaired between his flights at Frankfurt airport. He landed in Copenhagen wonderfully refreshed and wonders now why everyone doesn't fly while sedated.

Brynn 02-25-2008 01:17 PM

^:D hahahaha - so it really did happen the way I think I remember it happening!

madasacutsnake 02-25-2008 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lukkucairi (Post 377606)
I have a friend who moved from Atlanta to Denmark using that method - for the flight he took a couple of valium with scotch chasers

he says that he has a vague memory of flight attendants going through his pockets to figure out who he was and where he was supposed to go, and being wheelchaired between his flights at Frankfurt airport. He landed in Copenhagen wonderfully refreshed and wonders now why everyone doesn't fly while sedated.

I'm here to assure you that this can end up with you unconscious, badly bruised and using up all of Qantas' emergency oxygen supply.

The helicopter flight was a treat from my boss. We had a corporate box at a car race and they shelled out for us to go on a helicopter.

zero 02-26-2008 07:33 PM

question of the day ? for 26th feb





what are you doing with that pillow?

Veruki 02-26-2008 07:46 PM

this
i just felt this creepiness come over me like if you had mysteriously appeared and whispered in my ear, like if the question was meant only for me

Angry Kid Hoyt 02-26-2008 09:05 PM

Umm, nothing! Don't come in here! I am combing my hair.

brightpearl 02-26-2008 09:07 PM

I'm telling it knock knock jokes.

auntie aubrey 02-26-2008 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zero (Post 377843)
what are you doing with that pillow?



bustin' yer chops.

Hyakujo's Fox 02-26-2008 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zero (Post 377843)
question of the day ? for 26th feb





what are you doing with that pillow?

let me sleep on it.

trisherina 02-27-2008 02:30 AM

What pillow?

T.I.P. 02-27-2008 03:05 AM

filling it with pinches of pubic hair taken from myriads of nameless women

hypnoplasm 02-27-2008 03:49 AM

slobbering on it in my accustomed slobbering spot

YsaPur EsChomuw 02-27-2008 03:58 AM

a woodoo ritual concerning my ex

Stephi_B 02-27-2008 08:28 AM

I need it for me yoga thingie

('Valerie Maren Esther' is the artist name I use in my videos)

lukkucairi 02-27-2008 11:40 AM

flattering CJ


Marcus Bales 02-27-2008 11:56 AM

muffling her screams

Angry Kid Hoyt 02-27-2008 12:43 PM

QotD Feb27
 
Bukowski, Ballard or Burroughs?

zero 02-27-2008 12:51 PM

<72pttext>bollocks < /72pttext>

Marcus Bales 02-27-2008 12:52 PM

Ballard, by a lot. Bukowski is boring and Burroughs is creepy.

Stephi_B 02-27-2008 12:59 PM

None stands for the _B in my username.

Naked Lunch is on my to-read list - thus Burroughs, I figure.
(Think I have not read anything by Bukowski and Ballard :confused:)

Creepy is good ;)

lukkucairi 02-27-2008 01:27 PM

two-fisted barfly

Earthling 02-27-2008 01:55 PM

Of the three, Curly is my favorite.

Alas, I have only read 'Naked Lunch'.
Just like Stephie, it's the word 'naked' that caught my attention.:p

brightpearl 02-27-2008 02:19 PM

Since he's got Japan and dystopia going for him, Ballard.

(The Atrocity) Exhibition is only a few letters away from "exhibitionist"...you guys should give him a try. You can even read it naked.

Angry Kid Hoyt 02-27-2008 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brightpearl (Post 378035)
... You can even read it naked.

Never read naked! The papercuts are much too painful.

lukkucairi 02-27-2008 02:32 PM

you can read in the bath - that way the pages are too soggy to cut you

but then the book becomes somewhat disposable afterward...

brightpearl 02-27-2008 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Angry Kid Hoyt (Post 378045)
Never read naked! The papercuts are much too painful.

You're s'posed to turn the pages with your fingers, honey.

Angry Kid Hoyt 02-27-2008 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brightpearl (Post 378050)
You're s'posed to turn the pages with your fingers, honey.

ooooooooooh! That makes so much more sense.


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