ThePrinceofWaless avatar Technology
5 8

Flight delay coming home from Hawaii and stuck in Chicago for 7 hours waiting for fog to clear in my area before we could land. Miserable.

Best would be a direct flight with no problems.

My worst experience would be the time when one of the passenger jet's three engines needed to be shut down. We landed in O'Hare with our heads on pillows on our laps. Once landed, the passengers gave the pilot/crew a nervous round of applause.

But it's like Churchill once said, nothing is more exhilarating than to be shot at without result. roll smilie

My best experience might have been my first. I was a young teenager and utterly spellbound! The takeoff, elevating above your familiar settings... flying through and around cumulus clouds, landing a few hours later and seeing palm trees.

My best experience was being in the first commercial aircraft (it was a small middle eastern airline) that flew over Iraq after the first gulf war ended and all the oil wells were on fire. We were at about 40,000 feet and it was day time yet the entire sky was black, and when you looked down at the ground, you could see all these little fires. It was like some kind of apocalypse movie, I'll never forget it.

The worse experience would be a few weeks ago when another passenger was coming down off a street drug during a long flight and had no more to take, and he started freaking out, imaging spiders and slapping himself, screaming, yelling at ghosts... a number of passengers had to restrain him until the plane made an emergency landing at Adelaide airport. Then the federal police came on and took him away and checked the plane for drugs with sniffer dogs.

I didn't feel at risk, but he caused me to miss out on my coffee.

Best: I jumped out of it

Worst: I had to sit in a middle seat


Our plane was coming in for a landing, and when we were maybe 100 feet off the ground, the pilot gunned the engines and flew up to higher altitudes again. He told us a minute later that a small private plane had wandered onto our runway as we were coming in.

I'm glad I didn't know that until after the fact. swt smilie

I have two bad, one good. Once, went to the bathroom and turbulence struck. Couldn't even get up from the toilet. Another really long international flight I had to go to the bathroom. The one i was gonna use was occupied all the time. I saw another and went to it. Turns out it was "first class" bathroom. They closed the curtains between the classes and literally made a pa announcement that we had to use bathrooms in our own sections. The good one was we flew at the perfect time of day and perfect atmospheric conditions to have rainbows visible everywhere outside. It was glorious and transcendent.