Thursday, May 7, 2009

Turbulence

They say flying is a safer way to travel. I guess it is just the size of the fall that can get a little intimidating...

Just another typical week, jet setting around the country, putting on sales training. This day I was on my way to Birmingham. The stewardess had already been by with the drinks and those amazing little bags of mix. (That should tell you this was a couple years ago, you are lucky to get tap water these days.) 

An announcement awoke me from my reading, it seems we would be experiencing a little rough air in our travels, the pilot wanted us to reset our tray tables, strap in and secure all loose items. The stewardesses were making their way down the aisle collecting trash when we hit the first speed bump. Then knuckles went white as we went into a rock tumbler and stewardesses fell like bowling pins, grasping at seat legs.

This is the point when I started getting flash backs from the series premiere of Lost, the part when the engine exploded...yeah. Air masks rained down around our heads and we went over the hill on the roller coaster. Down, down, down...the bottom fell out. Screams, loud. A guy two rows in front of me found Jesus, at least that's what he yelled when he flew into the air hitting the overhead bin.

Tense laughter over took most of us, as he scrambled to comply with the pilots previous request. We made it to Birmingham, and I have flown numerous times since that  experience. But I can't forget that guy. The thing is, when you hit turbulence, it's always good to stay grounded, seat belt or otherwise.

11 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Sage advice. There's always at least one person in any given situation that thinks rules are not for them. Everyone's path to higher power is individual. Some have to be hit on the head with it.

BTW, I heard the other day they are thinking about charging to use the pottys on airplanes soon.

Anonymous said...

"A guy two rows in front of me found Jesus..." I'm actually crying right now. Priceless.

Nice!

-DF

Brian Miller said...

@ronda - lol "get hit in the head with it." guess we better make sure we carry a bunch of quarters, especially if you eat mexican before you get on the plane.

@df - appreciate you bro!

Baino said...

God Brian, I'd have had a cow! I hate flying at the best of times but I love travelling so I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately, I am truly grounded for now, both metaphorically and physically . .

Nabeel said...

They also say that the most dangerous thing about flying is the ride from your home to the airport :)

Daniel said...

Funny image. Reminds me of those who think they can live a life a revelry and orgy, and then at the last minute, get saved. This way they don't miss out on any of the fun in life.

The Clever Pup said...

Yeah you know it's bad when the flight attendants strap themselves in. Never experienced anythiing really bad - just the nauseating jiggling - occasional whomping.

Michael Rawluk said...

That is a scream. I wonder if he lost Jesus and found whisky as soon as he got on solid ground.

reyjr said...

i had a real bad experience too on a local flight back to Manila from Cebu. It was meant to be only 45 minutes, and it took us almost 2 hours to land!

my mom who doesn't even ride roller coasters, almost had a heart attack. :O

Cuppa Jo said...

Yea, I don't think about those possibilities when I fly but now I'll start picking out likely peeps to befriend when we do make it to that island.

Brian Miller said...

@baino - love to travel as well. have never been over the big pond. maybe soon. have had a few fun plane trips...

@michael - lol, i wonder as well.

@reyjr -not much fun...

@cuppa jo - lol. make sure you pick the right ones...