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Your Worst Flight(s) EVER.

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I know that in order to get to Australia we 'normally' have to go by air. I love air travel, can't get enough, it helps that I sleep on the journey but all the same still enjoy the airport, aircraft and just 'flying over' so many different countries and trying to imagine what they are all doing down there,:yes: BUT.

 

I have had many, many good flights, but one or two that scared the B Jesus out me too. I love turbulence and a little 'risk' but at times I must admit I was on more than one occasion prepared to say goodbye to me head, through my backside.:shocked:

 

The two most memorable are as follow.

 

Arriving into Johannesburg airport and by god was it turbulent on the way down, real scary. Anyway, we got stacked for about 30 minutes and then the pilot announced that we were going to 'attempt' to land.

 

I don't know how far from the tarmac we were but all of a sudden the old engines RIPPED into life again and all of a sudden we started to ascend again, our hearts were in our stomachs as the plane got higher.

 

Even the flight crew looked shocked. With that the captain comes across the tannoy and says: (nearly word for word as I recall)

 

'Ladies and Gentleman, unfortunately because of severe cross winds we are at present having to circle for a while until we are cleared to land. Of the two planes before us one just made it, and the other, well, that was the lowest high speed approach I have ever seen'.:no:

 

No doubt this was his attempt at humour to put us at ease, and to a degree it worked, but by god did it shake us all up.

 

The second incident was when I went to Bali with Merpati airlines. Only a short hop really, but oh what an adventure.:no:

 

Can't remember the make of the aircraft, but 'biggish'. There were only 15 of us on the flight ad we were allowed to sit anywhere and SMOKE anywhere,:notworthy:.

 

But the pilot, h the pilot. To this day I swear his granddad was a failed 'Kamikaze' pilot. The way he through the plane around was unbelievable, NEVER a straight lie, zig zagging, up and down, not once did it seem as if we would get there in one piece.

 

As time went by even the non smokers on the flight started to spark up,:biglaugh:, and when we finally arrived he 'dumped' the plane from some height as one of the landing wheels broke and we ended up sliding onto a grass bank with one wing up in the air.

 

I have little doubt they have now changed, I bloody hope so anyway.

 

They are just two of my 'adventurous' flights, there are some others, the 'Focker' I flew to Cuba, the captain must have been one of 'Che's' closets allies as he was determined to kill the capitalist scum on board.

 

Or the flight to an Island in Belize, :realmad::no:, case of take your pick for your burial point, because that is where we are landing.

 

So any horror stories of your own peeps.

 

Cheers Tony.

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Not had a really bad flight, had bad turbulance when i went to turkey but apart from that nothing bads happened. Worst flight tho was florida but only because it was the longest flight I'd been on and i was stuck beside some really annoying strangers

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Not had a really bad flight, had bad turbulance when i went to turkey but apart from that nothing bads happened. Worst flight tho was florida but only because it was the longest flight I'd been on and i was stuck beside some really annoying strangers

 

That's the trouble Stacey, you never know who will rock up next to you.

 

Seriously, I once had a gentleman about fifty odd who MEASURED the leg space, recline and seat depth. I plucked up the courage to ask him if he was in the airline industry, but no, just a Mr Bean character who liked 'statistics'.:goofy:

 

What I normally do Stacey is take out a packet of 'medication, develop a facial twitch and start to mumble about fishing. That puts every bugger off from talking to me.:yes:

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Oh that would be hilarious!!

 

I just sat there and stared for ages Stacey, and it was very funny.

 

But on a serious note one flight that I remember well was when I was going fishing to the Cayman Islands.

 

Only a short hop from Florida, but I sat next to an elderly gentleman (around mid seventies) who had one of those tubes in his throat and spoke through it (sorry I don't know the medical terms).

 

But he was suffering from the big C and associated illnesses and after some pleasantries I found out that he was going stay with his son and to die in his families arms,:cry::cry:.

 

A real old school chap he was, immaculately dressed, class act indeed. As he left the aircraft with the cabin crews help he said to me, 'Good fishing young man, and catch one for me if you can, never got into fishing even though I live in Florida'.

 

With that he went on his way, certainly put my 'fishing' adventure into perspective.:no:

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I just sat there and stared for ages Stacey, and it was very funny.

 

But on a serious note one flight that I remember well was when I was going fishing to the Cayman Islands.

 

Only a short hop from Florida, but I sat next to an elderly gentleman (around mid seventies) who had one of those tubes in his throat and spoke through it (sorry I don't know the medical terms).

 

But he was suffering from the big C and associated illnesses and after some pleasantries I found out that he was going stay with his son and to die in his families arms,:cry::cry:.

 

A real old school chap he was, immaculately dressed, class act indeed. As he left the aircraft with the cabin crews help he said to me, 'Good fishing young man, and catch one for me if you can, never got into fishing even though I live in Florida'.

 

With that he went on his way, certainly put my 'fishing' adventure into perspective.:no:

 

Aw thats so sad!! certainly makes you think. When i went to portugal i was stuck with strangers again but my god they were sooo annoying!! One day maybe i'll actually get to sit with someone whos interesting lol. God knows how ill cope with a flight to oz if i found the one to florida hard. I'll need to take something to knock me out lol

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Got a lift in an US Air Force helicopter.... over a desert..... flying at 100 feet...... at night..... getting shot at..... how I never **** myself I don't know :wideeyed:


So what if I can't spell Armagedon ? It's not the end of the world.

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Got a lift in an US Air Force helicopter.... over a desert..... flying at 100 feet...... at night..... getting shot at..... how I never **** myself I don't know :wideeyed:

 

OMG, your a brave guy :wubclub:

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Got a lift in an US Air Force helicopter.... over a desert..... flying at 100 feet...... at night..... getting shot at..... how I never **** myself I don't know :wideeyed:

 

I should have read it properly first time Chorlton.:idea:

 

At first I thought British Airways hadn't improved then.:no:

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I should have read it properly first time Chorlton.:idea:

 

At first I thought British Airways hadn't improved then.:no:

 

 

dont you mean Ryanair :biggrin:

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Actually the seats and customer service were better than ryanair :laugh:


So what if I can't spell Armagedon ? It's not the end of the world.

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Pablo will be along after work, doubtless my mate will be able to 'appreciate' a bad flight.:wubclub::biglaugh:

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On the way back from Florida yrs ago,but ANY flight is a bad flight to me,despise it with a vengeance!!

Was told 7 and half hrs back home,gulf stream or something make the return quicker??

Anyway,a woman took bad,three and a half bleedin hrs we put down in Nova Scotia for,sympathised with her at first,"untill" we heard she had a cpllapsed lung in the past yet was sitting in the smoking part:mad:,called her fit to burn when i found out tbh:laugh:


"The problem with neo conservative capitalism and it's insatiable greed for more wealth and disparity amongst the populace,is that it ended up being the catalyst for the great depression and modern recession"

 

Me,tonight:wubclub:

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Baltic airlines years ago ... the seats where not screwed properly on the floor and moved when we had air turbulance and we sat on the runway in Romania under Armed forces for 3 hours prior to take off as the war was on ...scared yup:err: and on the way from the hotel and back the coaches had bullet holes in the windows ! not a good time to go skiing :nah:


to much partying to much booze gives you spots and makes you snooze!

sharon.

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our flight to bulgaria when i was little was dodgy too, was the plane not the actual flight. dont think it would pass the safety tests these days!

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My worst was hovering in a chopper over the Sydney Opera House on a slight tilt for a good view when suddenly we just plunged straight downwards with a warning tone repeatably droning which sounded just like the movies :shocked:

 

None of us said a word and I started struggling with the camera strap around my neck as I thought it would get in the way if I had to swim :wideeyed: Just as suddenly we levelled out into a forward arc and it was quite a few seconds of silent flying later before the pilot told us over the radio that all was ok.

 

When we got back he told us in the debrief room that a large pelican that could bring down the chopper had almost hit us hence the sudden plunge. He said nothing to worry about really and left the room but his colleague poked his head back though the door and said "Don't believe him - he was sh1tting himself" :twitcy:

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Flying from Alice to Cairns the flight itself was ok but the approach to landing was scary. Really bad turbulence due to a thunderstorm. Turbulence when you're miles up doesn't worry me back when coming into land and you can see the mountains out of the side window and see them going up and down made me twitchy, the worst bit was I was sat near a stewardess who looked like she was scared.


So what if I can't spell Armagedon ? It's not the end of the world.

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I'm staying off this thread now, i dont need to be any more scared of flying or dave wont get me on a plane lol

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Flew with the RAF to the Falklands.They were carrying approx 100 penguins.....my god did they stink !!!!

Flew into Cyprus with British Caledonia and about an hour before we landed we had an escort of fighter jets.Turned out we had Red Adair on the flight.He was coming in to sort out the oil fires in Iraq.

Our flight to Paris was turned back,no-one knew why until we landed back at Heathrow.It was the day Concord caught fire.


I no longer skinny dip,I now chunky dunk:laugh:

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I haven't flown a huge amount, but two flights stick in my mind. The first of those was the first leg of the flight to Australia the first time we came. We left Heathrow at 12midday or thereabouts, and neither of our children (aged 6 months and 2years) slept at all. It was absolutely horrendous, and to cap it all, Qantas had split our three seats, two on one side of the aisle and one on the other, so all four of us squeezed in to the two seats. I remember getting off at Singapore and telling hubby that I just couldn't go any further and that moving to Australia was out of the question.

 

The second was a flight from Egypt. The bloke who was sat in front of us had the worst flatulence I have ever had the misfortune to smell. It was like this constant stream of foul-smelling vapour rising up from his seat. I have never felt so unwell in my life as I did smelling that mans chuffings! The flight was packed so we had no option to change seats.

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I love flying so nothing puts me off! This must be why I always end up sitting next to sme poor old soul who is terrified.

Once back in the 90s I was flying from Milan to LHR with good old Alitalia, we hit bad weather over Switzerland and the plane started to shake really badly. Drinks spilling, hotstess fell over, stuff falling out of lockers.... There was rain and lightening outside and the plane or pilot must have done something as we dived very quickly. All the oxygen masks came down, the lady sitting next to me started screaming and there were no announcements. It was chaos on that plane! We landed in Geneva and had to wait on the plane on the runway under the storm for two hours before we set off again.

Last landing in Liverpool it was raining and very windy, the Ryanair pilots are always a bit strong when they land, usually just dumping it on the runway? Well, we got that and then the plane suddenly veered really sharply to the left! The hotesses went white! The plane was rited and came to a stop, then that stupid Ryanair music came on with the fanfare to tell us we were ahead of schedule! Everyone burst out laughing.

The worst experience was landing in Stansted moments before that Korean plane crashed on the runway. We didn't get let out for ages and once we were, there were around 5000 people in arrivals waiting for their suitcases..... It took 8 hours I think.


And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and know the place for the first time.

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I'm another one who loves flying - sleep no problem and I even quite enjoy people watching in the departure lounge!

 

Most of my flights have been really good, but I once flew with LAN from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. All good until we got in the air, at which point the cabin temp started to drop. Despite my long trousers, T-shirt, fleece and overcoat, I was still cold!! No announcement or anything. So my travelling companion asked one of the cabin crew what was happening, and she blithely responded that "the air-conditioning isn't working so well", and offered us extra blankets.

 

So, for two hours, we sat huddled up with beanies and gloves and blankets, and as soon as we were off the plane sat outdoors for an hour to warm up again!

 

I was just a bit worried that we might run short of breathable air, if hypothermia didn't set it...

 

Apart from that, taking off from Fuerteventura on a very windy day was also pretty exciting!

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I enjoyed the flight back from Sydney. It was a night flight (we left at about 5:45pm) so both children were tired and from about three hours in to the flight they were both fast asleep. I remember after we had flown out of our stop in Singapore, they both went back to sleep, and I just sat cuddling Charlotte (who was six months) looking down at thunderstorms over the Indian ocean, just thinking about how lucky we were and pondering what we had seen in Australia and whether I thought it was the right move to make.

 

I love flying, especially at night (although it can be stressful with children), and love to think of the people who we are flying over. We have planes fly to and from Sydney airport over our house sometimes, and I often look up at the planes coming in and wonder how many people are making the same move that we did and are coming for good.

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From Dubai to Kuwait City with Balkan Bulgaria. I would never fly with them again.


"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Bill Gates 1981

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