Flight Crews And Frequent Flyers Describe The Creepiest Experiences They've Ever Had On A Flight
There are many unpleasant things flight attendants, or any airline employees, have to put up with during a flight.
Turbulence, unpleasant or unruly passengers, rambunctious children, and other annoyances are sadly just part of the job.
However, every now and then, flight crew and passengers might witness and experience something in the air that no amount of training or experience can prepare them for.
Experiences left these pilots and passengers scared and confused, possibly permanently impairing their ability to sleep soundly at night.
From the unimaginable to the genuinely inexplicable.
Redditor Daniel_plays_games was curious to hear the most unsettling things flight attendants, pilots, and passengers ever witnessed on a plane, leading them to ask:
A Reality No One Wants To Witness
"We saw an artillery strike flying over Afghanistan on an overnight on the way LHR to HCMC."
"The missus had the window seat and was looking intently out of the window."
"I asked her what she was looking at and she replied 'lightning'."
"I looked over her shoulder and could see someone getting the good news in the middle distance."
"Nothing else looks like it and it's nothing like films and telly."
"It lasted 6 minutes which was huge in artillery terms."
"I'd seen artillery before at night but never from 10,000 m."- Crew_Doyle_
When the Military Needs To Intervene, That Can't Be Good...
"On a transatlantic flight to Germany in biz class, dead asleep."
"Wake up to announcement asking if there was 'any military or police on the plane? Please come forward!'"
"I was former military, looked to my right and see two guys beating a guy on the ground next to me."
"They needed to know how to use flex cuffs, basically zip ties."
"The guy apparently got drunk and really belligerent, started to rush the cockpit."
"This was post 9/11."
"He spent the next two hours of the flight on the floor of my row."
"Lots of very scary German police came in to take him off when we landed."- redfalresearch
No one checks the emergency door mid flight...
"The creepiest thing that happened to me was having a young, male flight attendant keep coming back to my row to check the emergency door which I was seated next to."
"He did it at least 5 times during the flight and he always managed to get way into my personal space."
"It was a late night flight, the lights were low, and I was the only one in that row."
"Every time I'd try to go to sleep, he'd be there."
"I did report it after the flight."
'Don't know if anything ever happened."- awhq
Why It's Important To Keep Your Seatbelt Securely Fastened
"Two for ya."
"Was flying from San Francisco to Sydney in a rear-facing business seat."
"Somewhere over the middle of the pacific at late night, the seatbelt light goes on and an announcement for flight attendants to take their seats."
"I look out the window and see nothing but black."
"Then I remember we are flying backwards, so I look 'forward' and see a line of thunderstorms as far as I could see."
"For the next ~30 minutes we danced between the storms, turning back and forth to plot a careful path through the line."
"Seeing lightning arc above, below, to the sides."
"And never hit a single bump."
"Was totally surreal."
"Another, flying out of Patagonia, Argentina, hit some pretty significant mountain turbulence for the first hour of the flight."
"I have been in some significant turbulence before, but this was something else."
"I was in the far back of a 737, and just watched the airframe torque back and forth."
"The luggage bins were torquing up and down, left up, right down, and vise versa, by at least a foot from my vantage point."- Snoo_48368
Planes Are One Of The Last Places One Wants A False Alarm
"Flying from the Uk to Australia."
"Was over Germany roughly and over the intercom came the automated announcement 'please prepare for a sea landing. Please prepare for a sea landing'."
"There was a few minutes of confusion before they came on again and explained an air stewardess had pressed the wrong button." - funkysiger
When You Determine What's Real And What's Imaginary...
"Deep sleep at flight from JFK to LON."
"Low passengers flight."
"I felt a tap on my shoulders, followed by a whispering: 'wake up, look, look at the front'."
"I 'woke up' and saw they where serving drinks."
"I took a coffee and went back to sleep again."
"It felt like it was for real, but I was still dreaming/sleeping."
"Then a horrible nightmare hit me."
"A collision with an other plane and people who was sitting in front of me got injured by flames/etc."
"They woke me bcs I was yelling HELP!?! over and over again."
"It was just a nightmare, but felt awful real."- youmas
Never Forget... But Maybe Don't Bring It Up On A Flight?
"On a flight from Tokyo to L.A., an American guy started pacing the aisle of the plane and then went on a tangent right next to me about the Japanese children's show 'Anpanman' and 9/11."
"It was so bizarre and I remember it almost word for word."
"He was yelling 'I'm not gonna hurt anyone'."
"But, a 5-year old boy watching Anpanman just told me that 9/11 was an inside job."
"No...9/11 was real, real people died, 9/11 was real."
"'Anpanman' is brainwashing children and is racist'."
"A lot of people on the plane just heard a man yelling '9/11', which is near the top of the list of things you don't want to hear on an airplane."
"The guy was moved to the back of the plane and watched by flight attendants the rest of the flight."
"I remember a pilot going back and explaining to him that the airport police would be waiting for him when we landed."
"He was taken off first and I just remember him being surrounded and questioned by about 8 police officers when I got off the plane."- northwoods31
"One time while on clearance delivery in the tower, I just give people the instructions on what sky-roads to take to their destination, nothing more."
"So someone called me up on the air and spoke unintelligibly."
"I know my position and I know what to listen for and so I had no clue what this guy was saying/ asking for."
"None of what I thought I heard added up."
"So I respond 'Last call, be advised you are up [my airport’s] clearance delivery'.”
"After a pause the voice says 'Uhm, what was that?'"
"So I say it again, slower and clearer."
"He goes 'I do not know what you’re saying'.”
"Baffled, I explain the situation to the tower supervisor who seems just as clueless."
"There isn’t really a protocol for this sort of thing."
"So I say it one last time 'Last call, be advised you are currently on [My A/P’s] CLEARANCE DELIVERY. Check your frequency'.”
"He didn’t respond again."
"Yeah not really creepy but certainly unusual."
"I wonder if he figured out his problem or if it was just like a trucker or someone screwing with a HAM radio that stumbled onto my channel."
"He wasn’t using prescribed phraseology so I’m not sure it was even a pilot."- Hotline-Furi
Silence Is Not Always Golden...
"I had a flight from JFK to Frankfurt Germany on Lufthansa."
"Prior to boarding I went to a bar that was near our gate and there was a very strange looking man sitting at the bar."
"Best way I could describe him was that he looked like a mannequin or what you would imagine an android would look like."
"He was older, super thin, perfect hair that looked fake and his skin looked like plastic."
"He sat at the bar with perfect posture and hardly moved at all other than to lift his glass to his mouth."
"It turned out that weirdo guy was also on my flight."
"Everything was going along normal as we prepared for departure and started our taxi out until the pilot announced that we needed to return to the gate."
"After we got to the gate I saw some police officers come on the plane and could see that they were dealing with an issue up in the first class area."
"After about 10 minutes or so I saw the weirdo guy from the bar stand up and leave the plane with the police."
"After we took off and got up to cruise I went to use the restroom and there were a couple of flight attendants talking so I asked what had happened."
"They said that the weirdo guy was not verbally responding to the attendant in first class and she was getting a very creepy vibe from the guy."
"The pilot came to try to ask the guy some questions and he just sat there and stared forward and did not respond."
"This being post 9/11 NYC they were not taking any chances so they had the guy removed from the plane."- tizod
With so many people still uneasy about flying, a flight attendant's primary duty is to ensure all passengers feel safe and comfortable.
When even flight crews can't stay calm and collected, it's a telltale sign something might be wrong...
While starting a family and having children is a goal that many people have, some do not realize that it's not easy, fun, and loving one-hundred percent of the time. Rather, it's expensive, exhausting, and hard, though it might be worth it in the end.
With this in mind, people shared what they felt were the hardest hurdles of their parenting.
Redditor ApprehensiveShock655 asked:
"What's the worst part of having a child?"
Fear of Not Doing Enough
"The constant anxiety that you’re doing enough to shape them to make good choices, a good life, be a good person and for them to have the life they deserve."
Like the Energizer Bunny
"It's incessant. It never stops. You never get a day off."
"Going from having two days per week to relax and do whatever to literally never having a moment free from responsibility."
No Break In Sight
"I’ve always wanted kids and still do, but this is the only thing that has come close to giving me pause."
"Both my siblings have young kids and I cannot get over how CONSTANT it is."
"From the second the kids wake up to when they finally shut their eyes, it’s non-stop. Then they get maybe an hour or two to themselves, which is mostly spent tidying up, etc., before the nighttime stuff starts with the baby crying, the toddler coming into bed, nightmares, etc."
"It requires years of not getting a full night's rest. You can never just go out whenever you want. No sleeping in, even on weekends because someone has to be up with them at 6 AM."
"Raising human children is an insane task."
Mom's Body After Baby and Dad Bods
"The weight gain is the worst! During the pregnancy, I gained 35 pounds. My belly has stretch marks. My boobs are all saggy."
"And it’s not even fair because my wife only gained like 15."
The Meal Planning
"Coming up with three meals to eat per day EVERY DAY stresses me out so bad."
"This sounds like such a small thing, but it really wears on you over time. You can’t just make something for yourself or something you and your spouse feel like eating: You have to constantly be thinking about if the kid is hungry and what they might be willing to eat."
Keeping Them Safe
"When people ask me this I say, 'do you know those video games where you have to escort a character to a destination without them being attacked?' That's parenting. Those missions are a pain in the a**."
Seriously, Keep Them Safe
"Having to deal with their total lack of self-preservation. They are creative and come up with all kinds of ways to try and kill themselves. Keeping ahead of the game is exhausting."
"They’re just always there. On you, behind you, in front of you, just a little speed bump impeding every task."
Letting Them Live Their Life Their Way
"Having a kid is like having a little piece of your heart running around in the world. When they're sick or get disappointed or just feel sad, it's worse than having it happen to you."
"Yet at the same time, you need to let your kids work through those things to learn to handle them. If you give into the worry and try to shield them from everything, you risk creating harmful co-dependence."
"So it's a constant struggle. But worth it!"
What Is "Sleep" Again?
"I'm only nine years in, but so far, it's been the sleep deprivation. Hands down."
And What Are These "Sick Days" You Speak Of?
"Having to take care of a sick child when you are also sick. For me that has been the most challenging part so far."
Another Full-Time Job
"It's like taking a second job that lasts 18+ years with a 24/7 schedule with no holidays or sick days."
"…And no second paycheck. It's actually like YOU are paying your second salary instead of getting one."
"The loss of freedom. I can't just... go somewhere. Even with older kids, there's so much planning and thinking and getting ready."
"I miss being able to just decide to go somewhere, and go there."
The Time Flies
"The best advice I got was from an ancient hospital security guard in an elevator. 'The days are long, the years are short, cherish them while you can.'"
"The phrase I hate is, 'You don't know it, but one day you pick your kid up for the last time.'"
There are all kinds of troubles that come from being a parent, many of which people don't necessarily think about until they already have a baby in the house.
But reassuringly, many people in the subReddit pointed out that no matter how hard some of these hurdles are to get over, it's still worth it in the end, and it goes by far too fast.
Positive emotions are high among people in the blossoming phase of relationships.
Everything seems more romanticized for people in love due to the amorous joy in their hearts–which also influences their desire to frequently get it on under the sheets–or any other daring location in the heat of the moment.
But for those who've declared "'til death do us part," devoted couples may find that they are not always on the same wavelength sexually compared to when they first met.
Curious to hear how people keep their passion alive, Redditor Rude_Phone6841 asked:
"Married people, how do you initiate sex with your partner?"
When verbally articulating isn't enough...
Let The Book Dictate When
"There is a book called 'How to Subtly Tell Your Partner You Want More Sex.' If you sleep on the right side of the bed, you can casually open it up and your spouse will see the giant printed title on the front. Sometimes, I’ll just get the book out and leave it on his side of the bed. Once he was messing with me and acting like he was oblivious to my not-so-subtle hints, so I threw the book at him. The book is effective and hilarious."
"ETA: Sadly, we haven’t found the book since we moved. Fortunately, we’ve started communicating with our words instead. Words are just as effective."
Save The Date
"I send her an outlook calendar event and if she accepts, IT'S ON."
"You know when I’m down to my socks it’s time for business."
These couples find that verbal cues are best.
Now's The Time
"Honestly when we have the time one of us usually bluntly says 'let's go have sex right f'king now before we can't' and we go do it. Lol"
Option A Or B
"I have a 2 month old and a 2 year old. Some of the best sex we had was because I said 'after 2 year old goes down and if 2month decides to sleep do you want to meet in the basement' well she decided to sleep and damn that was good."
End Of Day Reward
"We just ask each other tbh. We’ll bring it up earlier in the day so we build up the anticipation with each other throughout the day, flirt with each other, gas each other up. All that. Then when it’s finally time at the end of the day, we usually fall asleep cause we’re so tired."
"But the cycle continues the next day!"
People continued offering their wisdom.
Afternoon Hanky Panky
"The trick is to initiate sex during the day. We are both too tired at the end. Plus hanging out all day after is somehow more rewarding."
"Same goes for dates. Have sex at the beginning the date, then go enjoy your time together without any pressure."
Kids In The Equation
"This literally happened today with my wife and me. We have two toddlers so we’re extra exhausted. Earlier today we had the sexy initiation of 'hey, we both showered today, want to have sex after the babies are asleep?' 'Sure.'"
"Then when the kids were asleep, and my wife and I were getting settled into bed, she asked if I still wanted to. I said if she wants to I’m down, but I’m pretty tired and would be fine without it. She said she was also tired and could do without it. So we kissed each other good night and she went to sleep. I’m just winding down on Reddit for a few minutes before I also fall asleep."
"I know this is boring. I didn’t write this to tell an exciting story. Just to share what married life is like for me and probably the large majority of married couples, especially parents of young kids."
Shadow Puppet Technique
"Use my phones torch to shine a shadow of my member up against the bedroom wall."
"Kinda like a bat signal of sorts."
"Turn off the lights and switch on the red lamp beside the bed."
"Walk by him while taking my top off. He follows me wherever I go and it's been 30 years and counting."
Every couple is different, and usually establishing a strong communication bond makes everything else in the relationship–including sexy time–falls in line effortlessly.
I knew a couple who made a game out of foreplay and agreed that whoever got home first from getting off work at the same time got to choose the sexual position that night.
They may no longer be together, but I remember them recalling how that technique was fun for them at the beginning stage and it took the pressure off of establishing when they were going to have sex.
Don't take get too anxious about it. It's just sex, and it's fun.
There are a number of things people partake in spite of the known possible ramifications they have on their health and safety.
Up to and including smoking, bungee-jumping, recreational drug use, or simply bike riding without a helmet.
Indeed, even though they know that doing any or all of these things could possibly lead to their death, they do it anyway.
Sadly, even though many people go out of their way to avoid doing these things for that very reason, that still doesn't mean they keep themselves completely out of danger.
Sadly, there are a surprisingly large number of things that lead to an even more surprising number of deaths each year.
Frighteningly, these are things that the majority of the world's population does on an almost daily basis.
"What causes death more than people realize?"
When In Doubt, Call Your Doctor!
"Your body will become septic, in which it essentially kills itself trying to kill off whatever infection one has."- cacarrizales
"Infections that are left untreated."- raptor-99
Tread Carefully. Seriously.
"On average around 17k people a year in the US die from injuries incurred after tripping and falling."- EdithWhartonsFarts
When In Doubt, Don't Drive.
"Driving while sleepy."- latchkey_adult
The Handrail Is There For A Reason.
"20 million severe injuries each year and at least 200,000 death from consequences of the fall."
"Both my grandparents died because of a fall."- OnTheGoodSideofLife
They Happen To The Best Of Us
"Especially among the elderly, a fall can create a cascade of events that results in death, even if it seems minor at first."-AdmiralBofa
Never Rush Chewing
"Statistically the most choked on food."- SpecSanders
Never Skip A Check-Up
"High Blood Pressure."
"It sneaks up on you and you don't know about it or don't care but it's the underlying cause of so many deaths."- Fear51
Never Underestimate The Importance Of Self Care
"Your body can only handle so much of it and it’s labeled the 'silent killer' for that reason."
"With your high blood pressure and the 5 hours of sleep a night because of the stress, It will creep up on you sooner than you think."- DroppedDonut
Don't Forget To Floss!
"Untreated dental problems."
"A cavity left untreated can lead to heart attacks and strokes."- Lastalmark
"Just regular old flu."
"Many people ignore it thinking it'll go away on its own."
"Globally the number per year is usually between 300k and 500k."
"In the US it can be anywhere from 12k to 50k per year."- PhreedomPhighter
Don't Feel Ashamed If You Need A Break
"I have two family friends pass from heart attacks associated to shoveling the snow."- JD054
There Are People Who Will Help You
"Alcoholism causing liver failure and it's on the rise in the USA."- Interesting_Drop8236
"Peruse your County ME’s records."
"The amount of people who die from alcohol is astounding."- hockenduke
Sometimes, It's Just Best To Mind Your Own Business
"You watch some Hollywood blockbusters and some MMA fights and you think you can do it too."
"I've seen stories of a guy minding his own business and gets rocked on the side of his head. It disconnected his spine and he was dead before he hit the ground."
"There was another story maybe a year ago of a scuffle where a guy was stabbed in the neck and bled out to the point of being unable to stand within 10 seconds."
"Stop f*cking around, it's not worth your life."- Choiceofart
We never know when our number is up or how we'll end our days.
However, with a little bit of care and good judgment, we can at least likely avoid falling victim to all of the above.
When Americans visit a foreign country, they tend to notice immediate cultural differences from the minute they step off the plane.
Unique bathroom designs, how you might have to be more specific when ordering coffee in Australia, how many businesses in Spain tend to shut down for a few hours to take a siesta.
Needless to say, this goes both ways, as when people from all over the world visit the United States, they tend to be surprised and amazed by a number of things.
Ranging from the amusing, such as portion sizes and ineffective tea brewing (at least for the Brits) to the truly baffling (HEALTHCARE).
"Non-American people, what’s a thing that you don’t understand about America?"
You Mean, People DON'T File Their Own Taxes Elsewhere?!?!
"Does every worker have to file their own taxes or am I just confused?"- ThePencil67
"Why they make you calculate your own taxes, if they know what you owe."- redder2023
"So, why do you buy politicians' merchandise? "
"Shirts, caps, banners, stickers, etc."
"They're public servants, not rockstars."
"Also, usually the more boring they are, the better."- akashyyConor Mckenna Influencer GIF by FoilArmsandHogGiphy
"Scottish person here but the work/always available for work culture."
"Minimal vacation time, minimal maternity/paternity leave and the fact you can pretty much just be let go."
"It makes me sad to think about it!"
"But I do love that you guys cram so much into your time off - you guys love a road trip!"- Frosty_Dragonfly_682
Definitely Something To Consider...
"What is up with Homeowner Associations?"
"Why would you pay to let a nosy neighbor dictate what you can and can not do on your own property?"
"I understand living in an apartment block and paying maintenance fees etc, but in a suburban home?"- Skoodledoo
There Are Some Good Observations
"The amount of National Parks!"
"My dream came true in 2017 to make an RV trip southwest off USA."
"Yosemite blew my mind away."- Independent-Ad9787national parks GIF by Visit The USAGiphy
"How you can say the word 'mirror' without the use of any vowels."
I Ordered A Small!
"Why everything is just SO damn supersized."
"My first time in America I went to get ice coffee from Dunkin Donuts, I ordered a large and my friend is like, 'are you sure you want large'?"
"Yeah no biggie, in the UK a large is not overwhelming I feel so I was expecting the same kinda thing."
"Oh my god it was like a god damn bucket of coffee."
"I think maybe a small would have been equivalent to a UK large, lesson swiftly learnt."
Some People Are Lucky To Just Have One Roommate...
"How you have to share a room with some complete rando when you go to college."- ChoppingOnionsForYouRoommates Move In GIF by James Madison UniversityGiphy
Some People Just Can't Stop Talking
"The culture of just talking to people, strangers you don't know and just up and start a conversation with them or join a conversation."
"I'm British, and we go through great lengths to not talk to people, let alone open up and pour our hearts out to a random person."- MrGlayden
In Other Words: Severs Deserve to Be Paid More!
"The tipping culture is so foreign to me, I would be so scared to make a mistake or not tipping enough if I ever go to America because it's not something which is common here in Denmark."- Cupsuu
The Commercials, Maybe?
"I’m American but I’ve worked with a lot of people who aren’t."
"The one thing they always wonder is why Americans are so obsessed with the NFL."
"They think it’s a boring sport."
"They explained 'you wait for 30 seconds, they hike the ball, you get about 5-10 seconds of action, then you wait another 30 seconds, another 5-10 seconds of action, then commercial break'."- yougotthesilver12Kansas City Chiefs Football GIF by Fighting Illini AthleticsGiphy
School Is No Place To Have Fun!
"My mom is from Moscow during the Soviet Era, and she is confused why there is no teacher-student hierarchy."
'She thinks it's weird when teachers participate in school plays or speak to students informally."
"She also DOES NOT GET pajama day."
"To her, it's just the weirdest thing in the world."
"In Russia, there is an important distinction between 'clothes for home' and 'clothes for outside'."
"They have a concept of 'home clothes', like your cozy or ugly clothes, that you are supposed to change into after school or work."
"At bedtime, you change out of your 'home clothes' into pajamas."
"As a result, pajamas, for both adults and children, are considered extra-extra private in Russia."
"My mom perceives pajama day as something extreme like wearing only undergarments to school."
"That's how private pajamas are considered to be in Russia!"- racheltolmach2022
A Debate Which Will Likely Never End
"MM/DD/YYYY"- SuvenPananimation domination calendar GIF by gifnewsGiphy
Living in America comes with a number of advantages and a number of detriments.
Speaking personally though, had I known I wouldn't have to file my own taxes in Australia, I would have expatriated long ago...