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    What's your strangest air travel experience.

    You go first. I have some strange incidents but I'm sure yours are stranger.

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    I tried air travel without an aircraft once. The flying wasn't so strange, it was the landing and breaking of bones that was the difference. I took a helicopter ride immediately after so the comparison would be fair. So to summarize: 160 mph without aircraft not so bad. 160 kts in a helicopter better.
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    Took an overnight flight from BOS --> SLC, laid over in STL when @ 5:30 AM while lining up @ the gate, the guy behind me says " excuse me sir, but you've just dropped your Jello-shots". F/A just smiled and shook her head.. Had started the vacation earlier, and thought we were being discrete - apparently, not.
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    This happened to my brother in law. I had a surf shack north of Acapulco and my brother in law was coming home from there on holloween. He boarded and noticed he was the only one on the plane. After they took off they moved him into first class. He ate and drank for free. Turns out the staff had to be back in San Francisco that night for a shift change and my brother in law lucked out.

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    hmmm, nothing comes to mind as especially strange.

    I had an annoying incident this past spring. was flying from Houston to Costa Rica via Miami. early am flight out of Houston, and the plane was having mechanical troubles. rather than just swapping planes and being half an hour late in Miami, they boarded us, rolled us out on the tarmac, and tried to fix it while we sat on the plane for over an hour and a half before they decided to just cancel the flight, forcing us to find alternate routes. missed my connection in Miami, and missed my ground transportation in Costa Rica.

    the situation worked out and I got where I needed to go by the end of the day due to some locals going the extra mile (and earning a nice tip for themselves in the process).

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    I flew into DC on Sept 9, 2011. On Sept 11, 2011, I was looking outside my 7th floor window at the Double Tree Hotel in Crystal City and saw the plane crash into the Pentagon (the hotel was "across the street" from the Pentagon). I called the hotel front desk staff to say a plane had crashed. The hotel front desk staff did not initially believe me. I took the bus back home and to this day, I don't enjoy flying and will drive if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I flew into DC on Sept 9, 2011. On Sept 11, 2011, I was looking outside my 7th floor window at the Double Tree Hotel in Crystal City and saw the plane crash into the Pentagon (the hotel was "across the street" from the Pentagon). I called the hotel front desk staff to say a plane had crashed. The hotel front desk staff did not initially believe me. I took the bus back home and to this day, I don't enjoy flying and will drive if I can.
    Your are clearly a government agent and this is just another example of disinformation being spread by the Bush administration and his cronies. The Pentagon was hit by a missile.
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    My favorite was strange and disgusting. A very beautiful girl sits next to me on a long flight. Stunning aside from her one hundred and thirty six zits. Ater we take off she begins popping them and looking at the results between her fingers. One POP study. Two crack study. For the whole trip!!
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    Sort of a non-air travel story. Did a Kokopelli trip with a bunch of friends several years ago. We were scheduled to fly home on the morning of 9/11/01. Needless to say, we never got on the plane. We ended up renting two cars and driving straight through back to NJ. The trip home was surreal. Listening to the radio the whole way with no real info. Not a plane in the sky. Like a 36 hour bad dream with Twizzlers and M&M's. I just kept telling myself that it was going to be one bad night and then I'll be back home in my bed.

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    En route to Sydney, Australia back in 1990 from Lost Angelanus, CA. Large fat Fijians coming onboard during an “unexpected” fuel stop layover in Fiji (stupidass pilot drove right through the source of turbulence—a high-altitude thunderstorm) to spray some obviously carcinogenic “anti-bug” spray up and down the aisles. That stuff smelled awful. Nevermind the fact that back then cigarette smoking was allowed on flights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    En route to Sydney, Australia back in 1990 from Lost Angelanus, CA. Large fat Fijians coming onboard during an “unexpected” fuel stop layover in Fiji (stupidass pilot drove right through the source of turbulence—a high-altitude thunderstorm) to spray some obviously carcinogenic “anti-bug” spray up and down the aisles. That stuff smelled awful. Nevermind the fact that back then cigarette smoking was allowed on flights.
    Ya the bad old days. I rember the bug spray. But is sure was a kinder gentler time. After pedaling around Maui for a month I thought I could crash at the airport. Not so. They were closing the airport for the night so I Climbed up on top of an airport coffe shop and was laying down to sleep and got caught and sternly thrown out. Went outside and layed down in the landscaping and was told to spend the night at the local "Jack in the box"
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    For a previous job I use to travel by air a lot (all pre-9/11). I'm sure I could think of a couple more stories. But, these two come to mind immediately...

    When my wife and I were dating, I took her on a trip back to my home town for a visit to my family and friends. We were on a regional turboprop headed into the airport during a really heavy thunderstorm. We were both in the exit row and she was nearest the window. The plane was bucking around and we could see lightning out the window. There was one spectacularly loud crash of thunder and actual embers came out of the top of the exit door and floated down onto the blanket in her lap. She looked at me with terror in her eyes as I patted them out. I told her "it happens, don't worry about it." In reality I almost shat my drawers...

    Another time I was traveling from ATL to DFW on a large jet. On takeoff the pilot said we had blown out a tire and we were going to fly past the tower for a visual assessment. 10m later he said all was good and we're underway to DFW. When we land at DFW the plane comes to a sudden halt way down the runway and they shut down the engines. I'm looking out the window and see a line of emergency vehicles coming towards our plane. A bunch of guys in shiny suits get out and they're foaming down the wing and everything underneath. Meanwhile, the pilot isn't saying squat. Eventually, the pilot says it was just "precautionary". We had to wait for a tug to tow the plane to the terminal. It's summer in Texas and about 100* inside that damn plane before they pulled us in to depart.

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    Having spent all my life traveling in odd places with odder people in odd situations, I could fill this thread with strange and bizarre air travel stories, not to mention general travel stories. A book might be called for some time. For now, a couple spring to mind:
    I was traveling from London to Chicago on a TWA flight just before TWA went under with all hands, and myself, my traveling companion were in First class with one other passenger who as it turned out was an old friend of ours from our business. The crew just could not give a sh*t about anything as this was their last flight before being made redundant. They came and hung out with us for a lot of the flight, and at one point one of them asked what we wanted to watch on the in-flight video. This was the time of insertable media, and you could put in whatever you wanted. One of the flight attendants said she had a porn film she had got in London, and we ended up watching that, and drinking a lot of free champagne... That's all... it was pretty surreal.
    Another time I was sending some music equipment from Erfurt in the old East Germany to somewhere in Russia, and I had rented a small Antonov freighter from a Russian company to take the gear. The plane was almost 24 hours late arriving in Erfurt, but eventually showed up. I went out to the apron to supervise loading the gear, and discovered the hydraulic rear door opener was not working, and had to be hand cranked to get it open. As I watched the door open, a couple of Russian birds defected to what they hoped was the West, but would no doubt be disappointed, and when I poked my head over the back, the smell was interesting, and there was a lot of bird poop all over the cargo area.
    The cargo 'loader' was an obese and extremely grubby Russian, wearing some torn and very greasy jeans and a stained T shirt straining to hold in his belly. He was attacking me in a violently linguistic fashion as we climbed inside the bay, but I had no clue what he was talking about. I was looking around inside the plane to try and figure out what we were going to do, when I sensed something going on behind me. I turned round, and the Russian was standing behind me naked! My horror was lessened slightly when I realised he was actually changing into more 'suitable' work clothes, a set of coveralls which were just as torn and dirty as the jeans and T shirt he had been wearing. I wondered why he bothered?
    Anyway, we loaded the plane eventually, and then the rotund little captain pilot dude came up to me and handed me a plane ticket. I looked at it and it was completely blank, nothing written anywhere on it. I looked at him quizzically, and asked what this was for? " Your Teeket!" he told me... "F**K That!" I told him, "You're on your own, I already have a ticket on the Pan Am flight to Moscow" When it came time for the much overloaded little Antonov to head off back to Russia, it seemed that every airport worker was lined up in the small terminal building to watch the 'take off'. I swear the plane used every inch of the runway, but as it got to the end, we could not see it any more as it went behind the hangar. There was a collective intake of breath among the watchers, then a ragged cheer as we saw it barely scraping the tops of the pine trees as it belched out black smoke and rattled the windows of the terminal... I am so very glad I was not on it.
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    Flying ATL to somewhere out west with a connection in Minn St. Paul. Beautiful sunny winter morning and we are 20' from touchdown. Pilot SLAMS on the thrust and we pull up and away from the runway to the right.

    Fortunately I am in the left window and see another jet just starting to lift to the sky on the other end of the runway - they didn't maintain the proper clearance. Other folks sat there with an "oh sh/t" look on their face for 3-4 loooong minutes until the pilot came on and explained.

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    Most bizarre - during one horrid experience with Spirit Airlines I realized they had given me a ticket with someone else's name on it for one leg of the trip and let me fly with it...

    Besides that, I have had a lot of fun in the air. Aborted landing because of a runway conflict, tornado forced landing at an air force base where they refueled the passenger jet incorrectly, jet fuel leaking from an AF 747 wing tip, turbulence ejecting me twenty inches above chair while asleep, being ejected from a plane at a gate because the plane had one row of seats less than planned, "sitting" next to a 350lb guy, a sudden few hundred feet deep drop in a storm, staying in Houston one night because the crew of a connecting flight to San Jose was enjoying themselves in Chicago and possibly many more. Flying == pain unless you are in business or first.

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    Oh boy, I used to be a road warrior, too many incidents to count. Plane hit by lightning was pretty scary. Wind gust at landing on a 767 almost resulted in the plane crashing as the right wing tip just missed digging into the ground by inches. Commuter plane coming down out of the clouds trying to land between runways. Not my flight but I was there on 9/11 and watched it happen first hand. Kind of changed my lifestyle after that. I think strange rather than scary was a flight fro NYC to Pittsburgh and John Corbett was in first class sitting across from me drunk off his ass. Kind of an obnoxious drunk. What is it with people in first class thinking it's cool to get smashed and become an instant ******* anyhow?

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    First time I ever flew we were coming into Chicago in a thunderstorm when the plane suddenly dropped. It was weird because it happened so fast I didn't even realize it was dropping until it bottomed out, which was a bit jarring. Everyone said "oh" in unison. That was actually funny. Then the baby started crying. That wasn't funny. The pilot took the plane up over the storm and circled for a bit and then when it cleared, we landed. I guess we all thought it had just kind of dropped straight down a bit, because that's what it had felt like. But when we opened up the bins to get our stuff, everything was compacted into the front third so tight no one could get anything out. So I guess maybe a nosedive? What a mess it was getting that stuff out, it was seriously stuck. A couple of guys got up on the seats and reached in through one of the bin doors that was just to the rear of the solid mass of belongings and started prying bags out and handing them down to people and just working their way forward. It took forever. Every flight since then has seemed pretty tame. Even the landing in St. Louis when the cross wind gusts were torquing the plane so that I could look out my window and see down the runway during the approach. That's never happened before or since. Pretty impressive flying landing in that.
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    '96 small commercial flight from seoul to manila. 20 min in i noticed alot of the passengers started opening containers of food from the philippines. tupperware, foil wrapped..you name it. mostly meats and fish. nothing like being in a closed metal tube with the smells of the market!

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    more like WORST travel experience. Ok, so i was coming back from the carribean with my boyfriend's family. i was probably 18 or so. First of all, my bf's mom had packed shells from the beach, but she failed to see if there were crabs still in them...and some did. so there was this horrid stench of dead crabs coming from her suitcase in the airport, and i had to dispose of them, and we stunk up the whole terminal

    BUT....then, i noticed i had drank 7 bottles of water, but hadn't peed yet. i felt funny, and were were stuck in a delayed flight in puerto rico. When we finally flew and connected in Miami, it turns out we had a 4 hour layover.

    thats when i felt real sick and i ran to the bathroom and started PISSING BLOOD. Dear god it was horrid. Apparently, sneaking off with the bf and doing nasty things in the ocean the day before, must have introduced some sort of frigging sea amoeba in my urinary plumbing, who knows, but i had the worst bladder infection ever. i was doubled over in pain, nasty fever, all in the damn airport. i had to tell my bf's mom what was going on and that i was dying and peeing blood and she started ASKING everybody in the nearby terminal if they had any antibiotics because i had a terrible bladder infection. it was so embarrassing, and his family was making sex jokes and i just wanted to die. So we got on the plane, and i kept having to run to the little toilet and pee squirts of blood every 5 min. Eventually i just stayed in there, and i'm sure everybody thought i had the shyts, but i dint care, i was so sick! finally, the plane had to take off and nobody was allowed in the bathrooms. it was a real struggle on the ride home, and had to call my mom and tell her to call the emergency doctor and get me meds for my damn bladder. Ugh. worst ever.
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    ^Your sig quote doesnt really help that story at all lol.


    Coming back from our honeymoon in Orlando, FL we boarded our plane from FL to DFW and sat next to a gentleman that worked for the department of homeland security. (This is september of 2008) In front of us was two middle aged divorcee women and one middle aged man who apparently worked for NASA. The guy that worked for NASA spent the entire flight talking up his job while the two ladies swooned and ahhed at his amazing tales of office life at NASA. Had it not been for the jack and coke I might have thrown one or all of three from the plane.
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    Not really a strange story but an annoying one just the same.

    I got really drunk with my ex and another couple at a Christmas party and we decided to do an impromptu trip to Vegas. We booked a $2500 a night suite at Wynn, got plane tickets on the earliest flight the airport had, (6 am) and then got on the plane. We left the gate and then immediately had to go back for some kind of repairs.

    We sat on the plane for four hours while our hangovers started to kick in and finally demanded to get off. We talked to the ticketing agent and realized that we had missed our connecting flight and the next connector we could make was in the evening so we had to cancel the whole trip. Luckily we didn't lose any money but it still sucked badly.

    Although we didn't make it to Vegas our luggage did - on another flight - so we went home empty handed and some fat stinky guy showed up at my front door at 11:00 that night with our bags.

    Other than missing the trip it didn't turn out that bad but I never flew US Airways again.

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    I encountered a giant.

    A giant sat down next to me on a plane. I don't mean a tall guy, I mean a giant. Sitting down in the seat his head was up to the overhead compartments. His knees were bent up towards his chest and I have no idea how he managed to squeeze into the seat.

    Me thinking it would be weird to ignore the obvious decided to break the ice by saying "oh my god, you're a giant". He didn't respond

    Once in the air, he tilted his head down and promptly fell asleep. As you would expect a giant to.
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    Oh man Nicole's story reminded me of our honeymoon flight home from Cancun (no sex in this story, sorry).

    So I had been avoiding the water all week until the morning of our flight home. And it wasn't water, but evidently some fresh local fruit. I don't know what - doesn't matter.

    The effect was not immediate but sometime after take-off I felt that little stomach turnover where you just say "ooooh noooo...". Within minutes I was hurting so bad with The Cramp from Hell and trying to just make it down the aisle. Barely got my shorts out of the way before my azz exploded at 37,000 feet.

    After cleaning everything very well went and sat back down next to my bride and stayed some shade of green the rest of the way home. (Thank goodness we had dated a few years so she had seen plenty by then or it would have been more uncomfortable.) Saw the lavatory a couple more times on the plane, in the airport, and on the drive home. Don't recall how long it lasted but was 2-4 days of gastrointestinal misery.

    She learned for better or for worse pretty early...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwilliams View Post
    Oh man Nicole's story reminded me of our honeymoon flight home from Cancun (no sex in this story, sorry).

    So I had been avoiding the water all week until the morning of our flight home. And it wasn't water, but evidently some fresh local fruit. I don't know what - doesn't matter.

    The effect was not immediate but sometime after take-off I felt that little stomach turnover where you just say "ooooh noooo...". Within minutes I was hurting so bad with The Cramp from Hell and trying to just make it down the aisle. Barely got my shorts out of the way before my azz exploded at 37,000 feet.

    After cleaning everything very well went and sat back down next to my bride and stayed some shade of green the rest of the way home. (Thank goodness we had dated a few years so she had seen plenty by then or it would have been more uncomfortable.) Saw the lavatory a couple more times on the plane, in the airport, and on the drive home. Don't recall how long it lasted but was 2-4 days of gastrointestinal misery.

    She learned for better or for worse pretty early...

    Before we left on our cruise for Mexico last year my Doc gave us a bottle of some pretty stout antibiotics. He said if we got montezuma's revenge or thought we had any other kind of nasty little bug to take one immediately. He said it would make us feel like junk but it would be much better than if we were without it. We left the house for Galveston (we live in OKC) and left the pills sitting on our dresser. Luckily we didn't need it.
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    A few years ago my dad came to visit me at the end of my study abroad in Spain for a couple weeks. We were on a late night flight from Madrid to Gibraltar for a 2 day trip there and hit a hell of a storm. I'm talking what felt like drops of around 100 ft of elevation in a split second and crazy turbulence. The plane wasn't all that big either; kind of like a bombardier type of aircraft. Anyways, we were coming in and I was looking out at the lights from boats in the harbor which made it painfully obvious how much we were fluctuating in altitude coming in on the approach. For context, the Gibraltar airport is built on a narrow rock peninsula and begins and ends with ocean and not much room for error. (The highway that runs across it going into Spain has to be closed every time a plane lands or takes off.) The pilot ended up going for it twice and gunning it out right at the end. We diverted to Malaga (southern Spain) instead and took a bus to the Spanish town on the border and walked into Gibraltar. My dad, who has been in all manner of bush and float planes in Alaska and experienced some pretty crazy stuff in his life, later confided in me that he was legitimately freaked out both times we were coming in to land.

    Our whole time there ended up being extremely rainy and windy so we didn't get to do much other than sit in the hotel room and talk. Still a good time though.
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    ^That reminds me of a story one of my dad's coworkers told me. He used to fly in and out of Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a regular basis. He said the runway is quite a bit to short for big jets and when they come in they have to angle the plane at a fairly extreme angle to go inbetween two mountain peaks to get the right approach angle. This is the best picture I could find. Looks pretty hairy just judging by how short the runway is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDkid View Post
    A few years ago my dad came to visit me at the end of my study abroad in Spain for a couple weeks. We were on a late night flight from Madrid to Gibraltar for a 2 day trip there and hit a hell of a storm. I'm talking what felt like drops of around 100 ft of elevation in a split second and crazy turbulence. The plane wasn't all that big either; kind of like a bombardier type of aircraft. Anyways, we were coming in and I was looking out at the lights from boats in the harbor which made it painfully obvious how much we were fluctuating in altitude coming in on the approach. For context, the Gibraltar airport is built on a narrow rock peninsula and begins and ends with ocean and not much room for error. (The highway that runs across it going into Spain has to be closed every time a plane lands or takes off.) The pilot ended up going for it twice and gunning it out right at the end. We diverted to Malaga (southern Spain) instead and took a bus to the Spanish town on the border and walked into Gibraltar. My dad, who has been in all manner of bush and float planes in Alaska and experienced some pretty crazy stuff in his life, later confided in me that he was legitimately freaked out both times we were coming in to land.

    Our whole time there ended up being extremely rainy and windy so we didn't get to do much other than sit in the hotel room and talk. Still a good time though.
    Dude this is a super cool story. I wish I was world traveled

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    I love travelling but it's stupid exspensive. I'm supposed to go with my family to Scotland next summer but the plane tickets are going to be $1900 a person by themselves. I'm not real sure I can swing it since the wife and I just payed for a cruise this fall to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSlow35th View Post
    I love travelling but it's stupid exspensive. I'm supposed to go with my family to Scotland next summer but the plane tickets are going to be $1900 a person by themselves. I'm not real sure I can swing it since the wife and I just payed for a cruise this fall to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
    Scotland is awesome, man. Swing it if you can. You won't regret it. I spent 3wks traveling England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales when I was 14. Wouldn't trade that trip for the world, and we skipped a lot of the coolest destinations.

    I am sometimes rather jealous of my wife. She's far more well-traveled than I am. Before we ever met, she had traveled Europe (her dad was stationed in Germany for awhile, so she's been to many lifetime destinations throughout Europe), and been to Peru and South Africa. About all I can say is that I've seen more of the US than she has.

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    Yeah I really want to go. My family is from Kilmarnock and had a castle property there. It's since been sold off to the Scottish tourism council and restored as a museum. I think it'd be cool as hell to see. I'm going to be "that guy" and walk around referring to it as my castle lol.
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