> >I'm a reporter working on a story about air rage for an on-line behavi***
> >health magazine.
> >I'm interested in hearing stories about air-rage experiences from passengers
> >who've experienced them.
> >If you've experienced air rage, please e-mail me a brief description of the
> >incident and an e-mail address or phone number at which I can contact you.
> >Thank you.
> >Jeff Ignatius
> This one might not be considered "air rage", since it took place
> on the ground. Last December I was flying from LAX to Florida and we
> were about 10 minutes before departure. I was flying Delta, I think a
> 757 to ATL. I was in coach about row 15 and a woman comes running up
> the aisle to a flight attendant. She yells out" I DON'T WANT TO SIT
> NEXT TO THOSE PEOPLE, THEY STINK!" The flight attendant calmly told
> her the flight was full and there were probably no empty seats.
> The woman then yells out: "THEY'RE TERRORISTS AND THEY DON'T LIKE
> AMERICANS!". The flight attendant acted professionally and looked
> around and eventually found an empty seat for the woman.
> Not wanting to be obvious, I waited about 5 minutes to turn around.
> I saw a man and woman dressed in somewhat strange clothing,
> possibly Middle Eastern. There was no terrorist attack. I didn't
> attempt to find out if they smelled.
Better than that...I LOST it on an 727 AA "flight" from Chicago - SF many
years ago. The weather was shitty, the flight was to stop in Denver en
route and instead (the weather was cited) was diverted to Phoenix, adding
hours to the flight that had been already ground delayed in Chicago. The
refueling in Phoenix went poorly, the damned plane was hot as hell,
outside the desert blew by with a ferocity reserved for Sahara windstorms
and there we sat. AA would NOT let us off to stretch, take a leak or
anything else. I asked if I could have a beer, the initial "no" turned
into two beers cheerlessly delivered. I drank them had over***and
enjoyed my sweat. I blew up after an hour went by and demanded to be left
off, others joined in. Hell, the poor stews and innocents thought we were
going to take the damned plane apart. They stood there ground as we all
(about 15 of us) advanced to the door. They pleaded, they got the crew
out and after several tense minutes managed to overcome the less-than-
altogether crowd, amid cheers from the innocents escorted us back to our
seats. I was HOT and I don't mean temperature. Another 1/2 hour went by
until they pushed us back, I found a flash and started to empty it as I
grumbled with my fellow mutineers. The wind was blowing sand, tree limbs
and ground crew by the windows, more to come I thought.
As we taxied quickly out past other waiting aircraft I wondered what all
the rush was given they'd taken their sweet time back at the Terminal. We
swung around and the PIC used a rolling start. As we got near V1,
"Bang!"..."Bang, bang, bang"...multiple compressor stalls! The wind was
coming across the fuselage roughly 90 degrees and *** off necessary
airflow thru' the engines. "Bang!" again for good measure, we kept on,
V2, rotation and A-W-AAAAY we went. Jesus, what a flight. We were over 3
hours late at the gate in SF. I wrote a complaint after and received 2
free flights which we used on a family vacation. I NEVER got drunk on
another flight again and now I scrupulously avoid *** (while flying)
completely. I always felt apologetic towards those poor stewardesses.
They were hotter and more tired than we ever were and really kept their
cool. I stand embarrassed.
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