Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Hey, it's good to be back home again

Hey there. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Back to the questions ...

1. Worst airport experience you have ever had?

2. Favorite seat on a flight? Aisle, Window, front of plane, rear, etc.

3. Do you drink alcohol on flights?

4. Longest flight you have ever been on? Where did you go?

5. Are you afraid to fly? If so, do you fly anyway? What do you do to help calm your fears?

15 Comments:

At 12:30 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Punky, welcome home! How was the trip? Any new tattoos?

Questions:

1. We've had many long delays including one of 24 hours on a charter flight to England, but they put us up at a hotel that time.

The worst was probably a rhymes with Humerican flight from JFK to San Francisco. There was so little information forthcoming that the clerk was nearly lynched. We finally boarded the plane and taxiied forever, then just as we got to the front of the line they made us return to the terminal.

Overall, 9 1/2 hour delay.

2. Definitely aisle. We usually fly JetBlue so go for the exit rows for the extra legroom as they let you choose those seats online. Otherwise, if we can't get exit rows or blukhead seats closer to the front is better.

3. No alcohol, though I have in the past.

4. Longest flight? Nothing excessive, just coast to coast or NY to Western Europe. 7 hours plus is about it.

5. No, not afraid to fly at all, just to crash!

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

What Jeff said..

1. Can't think of one, except being a child (about 8 I think) and having to leave my grandparents to go home. According to Mum, I WAS the kid that cried loudly and long, annoying the crap out of everyone else. However, I didn't bother myself at the time.

2. I love window seats, and I don't even mind having to get past whoever's next to me to get out of the row.

3. If it's offered, but I don't need it.

4. Have only flown between Christchurch and Wellington (about 40 mins) or to Australia (east coast, about 3 hours)

5. No, although I do reason out all the worst outcomes beforehand, and figure that if none of those things happen (crash, broken window, etc) then I'll be fine. Unless it gets really turbulent, I don't worry about them at all while I'm flying.

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

Couple of bad experiences in airports - worst was probably getting stuck overnight in Bombay airport in the mid-70s. Slept on the floor, under the seats, etc. Awful.

Favorite seat - wing exit row, window. Best leg room and you can sleep against the side of the plane.

I only drink alcohol on flights if it's free or someone else is paying. Never if I have to drive when I land.

Longest flight - 20 hours from London to Kuala Lumpur, with a stop in Bombay to refuel.

I'm not afraid to fly - been flying since I was 6 - but I did develop a fear of little planes when I was flying to Fort Wayne back and forth every week for 19 months. Was caught in a storm downdraft and the whole plane dropped about a thousand feet. The flight attendant even shouted out "Can anyone see the ground?" - not a reassuring action on her part.

 
At 8:39 PM , Blogger cmrdin said...

1. Too many to pick just one but I will gladly list a couple that quickly come to mind. a)traveled with an ex who got extrememly drunk before we got onto the plane and was so obnoxious that a woman standing behind me in the boarding line turned to me and said, "God bless you. I don't know how you do it? You must have the patience of a saint." b)traveled with another ex who got so freaked out about delay after delay on a connecting flight that he refused to get on the plane when boarding began; we had to rent a car and drive home to CT from DC. (Hmmm? Maybe I should travel alone.)

2. 6F :-) Window, toward the front of the plane.

3. If alcohol is beingt served... oh yes.

4. 10 hours, traveling to Brazil.

5. Not afraid to fly but, I do suffer easily from motion sickness so I always pop a Bonine before I drive to the airport. Bonine - the miracle drug!!!

 
At 11:16 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

1. Never had a TRULY bad experience. The worst was probably after having gone through customs at Dulles (a trying process in itself), I accidentally exited the secured area and had to get myself checked back in. I did stay overnight at an airport once, but that was by choice, and I knew ahead of time that I would be doing so.

2. Pilot

or First Class.

but having never sat in either, I'd have to go with window, leg room, not over the wing (I love to look down on the land), as far forward as possible.

In other words, exactly the opposite of my seat on my first overseas flight: it was the middle of the 5 seats in the middle of the plane, over the wings, so I couldn't even see anything out the windows that were visible to me.

3. Only if it's free for me.

4. Single flight: either Frankfurt to Cincinnati or Vienna to DC. Series of flights in a single day: Stockholm to Vienna to DC to Chicago to Rochester MN.

5. Not afraid, but I prefer driving if time allows.

 
At 11:31 PM , Blogger punky said...

"Can anyone see the ground?"

OMG Higgy ... that is so wrong. Funny, I don't recall that being part of the emergency procedures. I remember being told to put on my mask and tighten it before helping children, and I remember that I can use my seat as a floatation device and I remember that I can manually inflate my life vest - which is conveniently stowed under my seat where I can't reach it - by blowing on a rubber tube, which is perpendicular to my ear. But I don't remember being told to alert the flight attendant when I see ground. Good to know.

 
At 11:42 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

i thought 'bonine' was another name for v--gr-

 
At 1:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the airport. I once convinced my little brother to pretend he was deaf and not move out of the way of the people mover cart at DFW - they're so rude, honking at people who have to walk. Then I walk up to him and explain to the lady that he's deaf, and make some fake signs in front of his face, and he turned around acting surprised. The look on the lady's face was worth a billion dollars, easy.

I like the aisle, and I like to sit on Selma Hayek's lap, or take turns, or something, but so far it hasn't worked out, probably due to scheduling conflicts.

I'll drink if I don't have to drive, or if I think there's a chance I'll be kidnapped by aliens. You don't want to go thru a probing sober. I always have free couupons for SouthWest.

Milan to JFK, I think. We were delayed, and the pilot kept telling me to stop pushing buttons in the cockpit. I was just doing it because I liked the way she said "cockpit".

I'm not afraid to fly, except when the pilot is sobbing and mumbling he's just so sorry, so sorry, so sorry. That gets on my nerves.

-cbol

 
At 2:12 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Insom.. that's Bone-On. Close, though.

 
At 4:22 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

1. I don't really recall the horriblest (or most horrible) thing within an airport. The most awful thing happened on the way to the airport, when we hit a patch of black ice and smashed up our truck. We didn't make that plane.

2. Window, exit row.

3. Depends. If I feel like it, I might have a glass of wine (or Alaska Airlines gold coast complementary champagne). Never, never the hard stuff. I'm too dried out by the recycled air to add to the dehydration factor.

4. 9 hours. Seattle to London. Over the pole. And, come to think about it, the flight back. Roughly the same length.

5. Yes. Yes. Distract myself with reading or a puzzle or writing or something. Hold on to the arm rests very tightly. Eye all other passengers suspiciously.

 
At 10:59 AM , Anonymous Dan said...

1) Tower Air on the way back from puerto rico. sudden drops of several thousand feet in altitude are NOT fun when youre 10 years old.

2) window.
3) you better goddamn believe it, so long as its free.
4) Berlin to Boston - 8 hour flight but with jet lag it was 12 - 13.
5) i hate flying. i listen to soothing music to somewhat calm me down. or watch a movie on my personal dvd player.

 
At 9:12 AM , Blogger Leetie said...

1. Being stuck with my creepy boss in Houston for 4 hours. That beats anything. Even when the infant in the seat next to me blew chunks INTO her dad's shirt. The nastiest foulest smell ever.

2. Exit row aisle if I want the freedom to get up whenever I want. The downside is that I always have to get up when others have to. Exit row window if I know I won't have to get up to pee. Now that I think of it, exit row window is perfect. I could potentially get through a flight with ZERO interactions with other people!

3. If it's an evening flight, sure.

4. Dulles to San Fran to Maui.

5. Marginally, but it's not too big a deal. These days, it's worth it to drive if it's within 6 hours.

 
At 7:14 AM , Anonymous maille said...

traveling from providence to oregon - the guy sitting next to me had the WORST gas i've ever smelt in my entire life!!!! i gagged the entire flight - and then on the way back - it was a red eye - i don't like those flights AT ALL!

window definately....or if there is two seats - i'll take the isle just as long as i don't have to sit next to stranger or in between smelly people - i'll be fine!

no - never have - maybe i should try it this time around! hahah! might sooth me from the ever annoying crying baby that seems to find its way towards dan and i every time we fly on a plane! YIKES!

probably to oregon cause we had 2 layovers - IT SUCKED!

i hate the landing - i don't know why - it just bothers me - i'm always afraid the wheels don't go down - nice though huh? i do fly anyways - i would rather fly then take a train - though a cross country trip on a train would be neat to experience. i sit next to my very handsome boyfriend and end up falling asleep on him....now i have a nano so i can listen to calming music to soothe my mind.

 
At 11:49 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

1. Worst airport experience: It's Christmas. LA. December 2000. Friends from Pomona drive to my place in the Valley to park. We all climb into the car I booked through the car service from work (it happened to be new, strech limo so we were definitely styling). We get to LAX on time and are dropped at the appropriate terminals. Its busy. I'm waiting for my flight. The boarding time comes and goes. First it's the LA foggy weather, but it is odd that all the other flights keep taking off. I try to get another flight connecting through Chicago, but it's full. I'm on the telephone constantly with Funited Fairlines. Eventually my flight is rescheduled for the next morning, and I manage to arrange a connecting flight in Chicago to get me home to NC. At least the Funited Fairline gave us hotel rooms overnight. And come to think of it, I did meet a very hot and sexy Kiwi travelling in the opposite direction who spent the night in my free hotel room with me. So maybe that wasn't so bad. How about this one. I'm in Japan. I get stinking drunk. The next morning I have to check-out of the hotel and catch an 8 hour overnight flight to Australia. In coach. That was bad.

2. Favorite seat: Anything in first class. Otherwise, it's all sucky these days.

3. Drinks: Always when its free in business or first class. If it's coach and a long flight, I might sneak my own on board . . . pre Ziploc bag days. I have learned that you should not drink too much alcohol and always with a lot of water.

4. Longest flight: Sydney to LA. The worst part was a minor electrical problem about 4 hours from Hawaii and CA. Too far from land to have even minor technical problems, as far as I'm concerned. I did have a friend who's 747 had an engine blow-out about an hour out of San Francisco. The plane made it back to California.

5. Afraid: More afraid of the unwashed masses (literally) who fly these days. I did see Castaway the afternoon before I was to fly home to NC once. That was a mistake.

 
At 11:51 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

FYI, these days I prefer the train. Besides, they let you bring anything you want on board and the bathrooms are far more spacious. Screw the Mile High Club . . . I prefer the Third Rail.

 

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