Airplane Angst — 10 Comments

  1. Ahh, the power of the pilot! I would have been pretty unnerved myself, particularly when they pulled service of drinks and food. It reminds me of the time that a British Rail train refused to go on the tracks because of (and this is true) leaf mould.

  2. I so dislike flying.
    I want to travel the US by camper when DH retires.
    He wants to go to Hawaii..ugg.
    What ! 12 hours when the short trip to Jamaca and Cancun rattled my cage!
    I don’t think so.

  3. Yikes! I used to be really afraid of flying but have actually gotten over it. I think having to take care of my kids during the flights helped me in the process. But if I read many more stories like yours, I may change back to my old fears!

  4. Wow! Horrible experience, but it makes for a great story–and you described it so well. I never had a problem with flying, but then I had a few hideous experiences and developed horrible anxiety. Ugh! It has taken all the fun out of flying.

  5. Katie,
    I remember flying about twelve years ago when the pilot announced in that calm measured way they have that we had just experienced a fatal error. The stewardess looked skyward, rolled her eyes, and marched into the flight cabin, no doubt to give the pilot a smack on the head. Having survived many fatal errors on the computer since, I now know I had nothing to fear.

  6. Hey, I really appreciate Mike’s story and comment
    Having survived many fatal errors on the computer since, I now know I had nothing to fear.
    You’ve written your story perfectly!

  7. Freya: Leaf mold?
    Sue: If you can bring yourself to do it Hawaii is definintely worth the trip. Try trashy novels for the flight.
    Riana: Yup!
    Betty & Sher: It’s the lack of control that always makes me nervous. I like to know what’s going on and we’re so ‘captive’ up there.
    Mike: There’s something so permanent about the term ‘fatal’ error. I mean, how do you recover from something that’s fatal – yet, we do, or at least I sometimes do, on the computer almost daily.
    Gattina: Flying and old age – to great religious inducers!
    Tanna: Thanks

  8. Thanks for sharing your story. You’d think the crew could have at least told people what was going on instead of letting you fear for the worse.