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A Little Tension Breaker: Airline Humor
Email from relative | 21 March 2004 | Unknown

Posted on 03/21/2004 11:46:20 AM PST by RightOnline

[We've all seen these kind of things before, but as a former AF airplane driver myself, have to say this was the funniest such collection I've ever seen. Hope y'all enjoy these as much as we did here.]


Here are some conversations that airline passengers normally will never hear. The following are accounts of actual exchanges between airline pilots and control towers around the world.

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"


"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."
"Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"


From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!"
Unknown aircraft: "I said I was bored, not stupid!"


O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound."
United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this... I've got the little Fokker in sight."


A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?"
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."


A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down. San Jose Tower Noted: "American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport."


There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down.
"Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."


Taxiing down the tarmac, a DC-10 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off. A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What, exactly, was the problem?"
"The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant. "It took us a while to find a new pilot."


A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following: Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war."


Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"
Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've already notified our caterers."


One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"
The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."


The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- and I didn't land."


While taxiing at London's Gatwick Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: "US Air 2771, where the hell are you going?! I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!"

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"

"Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:

"Wasn't I married to you once?"

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1 posted on 03/21/2004 11:46:21 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline
All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Continental Flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."

Heard on a Southwest Airline flight. "Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing and if you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."

On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane"

"Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."

From a Southwest Airlines employee: "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 245 to Tampa. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in
public unsupervised."

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite."

Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

"Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."

"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."

And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"

Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."

Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"

Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline." He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane.

She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?" "Why, no, Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land, or were we shot down?"

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on the horn, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of US Airways."

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the Captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!"

Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" A passenger in Coach yelled, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"
2 posted on 03/21/2004 11:54:36 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: RightOnline
I am not a pilot and that is funny stuff..
3 posted on 03/21/2004 11:55:36 AM PST by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: hadaclueonce
I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.

Does anyone have the infamous pilot's mechanical gripes list, with the mechanic's responses?

4 posted on 03/21/2004 12:02:42 PM PST by Terabitten (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It)
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To: dakine
Hey Dak...I think all "fly boys" should have to read these. And people wonder why I won't get on an airplane. hahaha
5 posted on 03/21/2004 12:11:13 PM PST by codyjacksmom
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To: RightOnline
Thanks for a good laugh! I heard a few good ones myself over the radio, but not as good as these.
6 posted on 03/21/2004 12:39:06 PM PST by expatpat
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To: Tragically Single

(here are some)

Military Intelligence


Actual Air Force Maintenance Complaints

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by

US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.

Problem: "Left inside main tire almost needs replacement."

Solution: "Almost replaced left inside main tire."

Problem: "Test flight OK, except auto land very rough."

Solution: "Auto land not installed on this aircraft."

Problem #1: "#2 Propeller seeping prop fluid."

Solution #1: "#2 Propeller seepage normal."

Problem #2: "#1, #3, and #4 propellers lack normal seepage."

Problem: "The autopilot doesn't."

Signed off: "IT DOES NOW."

Problem: "Something loose in cockpit."

Solution: "Something tightened in cockpit."

Problem: "Evidence of hydraulic leak on right main landing gear."

Solution: "Evidence removed."

Problem: "DME volume unbelievably loud."

Solution: "Volume set to more believable level."

Problem: "Dead bugs on windshield."

Solution: "Live bugs on order."

Problem: "Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm


Solution: "Cannot reproduce problem on ground."

Problem: "IFF inoperative."

Solution: "IFF inoperative in OFF mode."

Problem: "Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick."

Solution: "That's what they're there for."

Problem: "Number three engine missing."

Solution: "Engine found on right wing after brief search."


7 posted on 03/21/2004 12:45:08 PM PST by united1000
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To: RightOnline
Frightened passenger after the OMG statement: "I'm getting off while the gettings still good!!!"
8 posted on 03/21/2004 12:45:44 PM PST by trussell (Member: Viking Kitty Society;New Charter member: Troll Patrol...)
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To: RightOnline
Female Voice ....."United 454 is with you for the ILS approach to 36 Right"
UnIdentified Deep Male Voice ..... "There goes another empty Kitchen"
9 posted on 03/21/2004 12:57:30 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire with meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: RightOnline
Question: What constitutes a good airplane landing?
Answer: When people can walk off the plane.

Question: What constitutes a great airplane landing?
Answer: When the plane can be flown again.

10 posted on 03/21/2004 1:13:16 PM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: RightOnline

11 posted on 03/21/2004 1:22:07 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: RightField
Do you get the feeling theat there is a fairish amount of snot getting fired back and forth between the flight crews and the cabin crews?
12 posted on 03/21/2004 1:35:08 PM PST by TalBlack ("Tal, no song means anything without someone else....")
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To: RightOnline
Thanks, these are great! Bookmarked, right beside this one.
13 posted on 03/21/2004 1:38:47 PM PST by luigi
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14 posted on 03/21/2004 1:43:58 PM PST by Aeronaut (John Kerry's mother always told him that if you can't say anything nice, run for president. ....)
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To: RightOnline
I used to do a lot of travel for a previous job so I have heard of few things. There are 2 that really stand out in my mind.

1. On a return flight into DIA on very stormy night in late summer. Very bad turbulence and lots of rain. I had the luck to sit next to a whiteknuckler, who was sitting in a wing window seat. He kept commenting on the storm, with the rain and the lightning. Me being the smart-ass I am could not resist, I acted like this was my first flight and was asking him questions. Just then the landing lights came on and you could see the amount of rain. I asked him "Hey look at that rain, it going right into the engine. Doesn't water put out fire????" Right then some type of vents opened on the front part of the engine and dumped a huge amount of water. The poor guy passed out cold, I thought I killed him. Needless to say when the plan landed I was one of the first off.

#2 On a connecting flight in St. Louis, we did not push away from the terminal on time or 45 min later. The pilot came on and told us they were working on something on the front landing gear assembly, and we would push back in about 5-10 minutes. Well, it seems that they had lifted the from of the plane with an air jack to be able check on whatever was the issue. I never felt the plane lift or anything. The pilot came on and informed us that we would be pushing back right away, at that moment they dropped the air jack and the front of the plane dropped about 4-6 inches with a loud thud. The scene inside the plane reminded me of the movie Airplane. About 15 people deplaned, they refused to remain on that flight.


15 posted on 03/21/2004 1:51:29 PM PST by SledgeCS
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To: RightOnline

16 posted on 03/21/2004 2:02:05 PM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: Robe
Female Voice ....."United 454 is with you for the ILS approach to 36 Right"
UnIdentified Deep Male Voice ..... "There goes another empty Kitchen"

You forgot the rejoinder:

Female voice....."There goes another empty garage."

17 posted on 03/21/2004 2:06:55 PM PST by Archangelsk (Shall we have a king?)
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To: RightField
Question: What constitutes a great airplane landing?
Answer: When the plane can be flown again.

Slight correction: when the plane can be flown again for revenue.

18 posted on 03/21/2004 2:08:13 PM PST by Archangelsk (Shall we have a king?)
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To: leadpenny; All
Love it. Bring 'em on...........more more. :)
19 posted on 03/21/2004 2:09:01 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: united1000
ANY of us who have ever flown heavies and have written up forms........and had a chance to review previous writeups / fixes..............can't help but read those and bust a gut. LMAO.......................
20 posted on 03/21/2004 2:11:53 PM PST by RightOnline
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