Flight Attendants Describe The Scariest Flight They've Ever Been On
It takes a lot to become a flight attendant. Not only do you have to maintain a calm demeanor while dealing with some of the antsiest and worst passengers in all of the service industry but, oh yeah, you need to do it 30,000 feet off the ground. Fortunately, almost all flights ever are standard take off and touch down. Nothing exciting ever happens, except for a crying baby.
And then, there are these flights.
Reddit user, u/mrSFWdotcom, wanted to know about:
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Flight attendant here. I haven't really had many things happening that were scary, usually the stories are more gross or fun/sad. Turbulence doesn't really do anything for me but medical situations freak me out.
We are trained for identifying what the situation is and how to help or make them confortable in more severe ones. I still remember in my first year, having just taken off for the first of four flights on that day, a passenger pressed the call Bell because another passenger wasn't well. I was the first to arrive to help and I will spare the details but it looked serious. We suspected that he was having a stroke so we had to land as fast as possible.
There was so much going on in the 15 minutes it took us to land and then waiting for paramedics to take him to the hospital. I was scared for him. He got off and we carried on but I kept going back to think what I could have done better and kept dreaming that he passed away ( if the passenger doesn't contact the company after, we don't find out what has happened). So yeah not very scary but it [stuck] with me.
Bonus gross story (as I have plenty of these) : Elderly passenger once left me a bag of pee under the seat. Still warm.
What A First Flight
I was on a plane about 8 years ago. It was one of my first flights, hadn't experienced any real turbulence. That plane was bouncing all over the place. There luggage started falling from the overhead space. It was wild. Flight attendants were strapped in, I couldn't see them though. By the time they came around with the snacks they had called down, but some of the passengers were permashook, didn't call down until we landed
Not Scared. SCARRED.
A couple went into the bathroom on my flight to Hong Kong from Australia. After a few minutes she started screaming, thought she was getting murdered, they accidentally unlocked the door, I don't know how and they were there committing some very hardcore sinful acts.
I was traumatised, not so much scared but scarred
Did Anyone Else Feel That?
I have had 4 emergencies total on an aircraft. We go through rigorous training and it is ongoing for our entire careers to prepare us physically and mentally for almost any problem on board. The most scared I have even been is when a major part of the plane broke inflight during landing. I felt it happen and the passengers never noticed. I sat in my jumpseat, prepared myself for the worse and kept smiling.
We landed just fine, Captain called and said remain seated. Went to the gate, said goodbye to all the passengers and after they had left, the Captain smiled and looked at me and said, do you know we almost died. I said, yeah...I felt it right before landing.
The FO (First Officer) looked like he sh-t himself. We were stuck on the ground for 5 hours waiting for maintenance to come with a part from another state entirely. I was scared for a moment, but got over it quickly. Flew out the same day and did 2 more flights that were delayed. The passengers were angry and mean and I just apologized and smiled. They had no idea we almost became a statistic. The other 3 were medical emergencies and I just handled it like I'm trained to.
Never Scream On An Airplane
My sister was in a flight once where a person near started having a panic attack/manic episode, and started punching the window and the people sitting near them, screaming, "let me out!" And scrambled into the isle trying to make a beeline for the exit door.
They had to make an emergency landing, and the entire crew was subduing this person. A jerk in the row in front of her keep pushing the call bell and getting mad he wasn't getting served. She said the flight crew just got a serious look on their face and handled it
Not me, but my brother. Can't remember all the details, but they were flying home from a destination wedding. He flew a lot, and was not a nervous flier. Something happened, masks came down, and they were all told to brace for a possible crash landing. Luckily, the plane didn't crash. However, my brother now needs to take Xanax to fly.
Up, Then Down, Then Up, Then Down
Flying out of Denver can be real choppy for the first few minutes of gaining altitude.
One time I was on a smaller turboprop type plane. We had waited 30 minutes for a storm to clear. The takeoff was smooth enough but in less than a minute we hit turbulence.
I've flown on huge jets with center aisles, and small prop planes that fit 5-6 people including pilot. I'm used to the sudden drops of altitude and feeling the stomach flip, and I know those drops can be 100 to 1000s of feet in a second. I've also felt turbulence that knocked luggage loose and made people start praying. I know that planes are made to withstand all of this, and want to remain in the air.
But holy sh-t I thought we were going to hit the ground. It seemed like every time we'd get lift, we'd lose twice as much. I could still see ground very clearly, and the angle we were stuck at and starting thinking we'd stall before anything else. I don't know what the pilots did, but for the next minute you could hear the engines roaring off and on, and we slowly got altitude and seemed to level out.
Things calmed down but when I looked outside we were still relatively low. Flight attendants went down the rows checking everyone and then offered drinks and snacks. I ordered a double whiskey neat and found out they were comping alcohol.
I've since learned that after any turbulence or other issue, if they happen to buy your drink after, some serious sh-t almost or did likely happen.
I also try not to fly much.
You'll Always Wonder, Yet Never Know
I worked as an airhost for two years.
On a flight to copenhagen we had a medical emergency. A passenger fainted with what his friend said was stomach pain. We gave the person oxygen and asked his friend to hold his head back. We where just about to land and to not hurt the man further the pilots landed swiftly. AS soon as the plane touched down we jumped up from the jumpseats to assist the man. He was now awake, but very pale and very weak. We gathered his information so it could be relayed to the tower and get help at the gate.
The passengers where rushed off, to make room for the EMT's. The man was helped and treated before being transported off the plane. The EMT came back to tell us that he was OK.
We had a normal turn-around after that. We loaded up again and went home. The flight took no longer than 50 min. When we landed, we learned that he did not make it. He was better after exiting the plane. He was given the clear and a pass to the lounge awating the next flight to catch up with his friends, but sadly turned for the worse and passed away.
That really hit home. I was affraid I missed something, or that I should have known better. We had all passed him several times. Even his friends sitting next to him did not know, that every time we thought he was slepping, he had most likely passed out. I kept this in mind every flight since. Kept asking people who traveled together if the other one was sleeping and such.
I never found out what caused his death. Since he was taken off the plane he no longer was our responsibillity. The airport did not give us any more information.
I still think about this man, what happend and what could have been done, 5 years later.
My dad flies from AZ to HI a couple times a month (pre covid). I know turbulence can sometimes be bad but the craziest story he told me was when a elderly man died shortly after take off so a flight attendant covered him with a blanket for the remainder of the 6+ hour flight. Something you probably don't think about when applying to the job.
Finally a question I can answer! My only real scare as a flight attendant was a bomb threat we received right after take off, apparently someone had called the authority and reported a bomb in the aircraft. Captain informed us of the situation and told us we were going back to base, we just told the passengers we had a technical issue not to scare them but it was the 15 longest minutes of my life. In the end we learned it was just a guy who didn't want his parents to visit him and discover he was growing weed in his apartment...
Being horny can lead to some questionable decision-making.
Something happens to the brain when blood is flowing to other regions of the body.
They should discuss this in health class.
It's perfectly normal, but we have to learn how to deal.
Redditor Sir_Baconstrips wanted to see who was willing to discuss actions made while randy, so they asked:
"What's the biggest mistake you've made because you were horny?"
I can't tell you mine, because my mom might read this. But Reddit was more than happy to share.
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"I browsed porn and then I asked my mom how to delete the history."
What was that?
"Probably my most embarrassing moment. Was on my work computer (family business so nothing locked) and it was a super slow day and I was alone. Anyways was doing a classic 3 min facebook check and scrolled down for a second and saw the news post about Adriana Chechik injuring her back in a foam pool. Figured top comments on that would be golden. Read one funny one that said 'her and her scene with [performer I can’t remember] is still goat.'"
"Never heard of said performer so I got curious and google her. Of course photos never do justice, had to see the performance ya know? So I clicked a random video, quick glance and thought 'meh' and was about to close the tab before I noticed my mouse twitch on the screen… What was that? No.. that wasn’t mouse error, that was someone… then within seconds I realized the accountant who taps in remotely to finish work came in at that exact moment that I had a browser open for less than 60 sec."
"The worst wart was I could have sworn I had all those remote services off, but she tried to tap in for over an hour and must of did something to wake splashtop (probably had it on some type of standby mode). She even called earlier but I saw a random number and was speaking with a client and ignored it."
"Anyways, decision time, do I call her and play it off as nothing or apologize? Naturally as a fearful 28 year old I play off as nothing. I call, no answer… then a few minutes later i get the call back and her words after exchanging 'hellos … are you finished with whatever you were doing…' still burns me."
"Let my (ex) boyfriend dry-hump me for an hour on a bench outside after summer school."
"The bad news: this bench behind our school was also beside a swimming pool. Where parents were taking their children for swim lessons. Eventually a staff member came out and yelled at us for being inappropriate."
"I still have shame flashbacks today, over 10 years later."
"I had a one night stand with a guy who was, in retrospect, seriously self-conscious about his penis size and kept going on about how if it was on the small size it was just because he has to have sex with it a few times and it would gradually get bigger until it was it’s 'true' size. I really didn’t care."
"But then to make himself feel better he turned it around and started talking about how big and wide my vagina was but kept reassuring me that it was ok because he liked the challenge. I wish I had snapped my legs shut and given him the boot right then and there."
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"Lost my entire tax refund and got my phone stolen at a strip club in San Diego."
Always check your pockets on the way out.
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"Hooked up with a girl at a party. Just kind of bored, drunk, and horny. Having to go to the doctor for a case of pubic lice was my reward for poor self-control."
"I got my first serious gf in high school. She was two grades below me. So when I finished third year and moved 500 km south we was still a couple. I was so in love (and most of all horny) I commuted every. Single. Weekend. And I was poor. So I took the bus to the nearest station after school. Waited for the long distance bus for 4-5 hours."
"Went to a larger city to hitchhike my way there. I was there Friday night or Saturday morning. Locked ourselves in her bedroom and went at it until Sunday morning. I made my way down to school again and went to class straight from the bus Monday morning. This went on for almost a year…"
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"Was trying to get with a girl in college. We were texting and I asked her what she was up to, she said she was training for a marathon and going to the gym and asked if I wanted to come."
"I ended up running 9 miles before I tagged out. So now I know how far I'd go to have sex it's up to 9 miles."
Lord the things people will do when slightly turned on.
Why in this day and age are people still taking nudie pics without triple-checking the recipient?
Why take the gamble?
And half of the time we hit send, mistakes get made.
One minute you're feeling sexy, the next minute grandpa is having a stroke.
Redditor Im_A_Freakin_Joke wanted to hear about the times people have sent photos to the family that left everyone SHOOK, so they asked:
"Redditors who accidental sent a family member a nude, what was the aftermath?"
I have done many things, but I never allow a snapshot.
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"'You should clean your room before you take that.'"
"I meant to send it to someone on WhatsApp that I was dating at the time and didn’t realize I accidentally sent it to my brother, their names were next to each other in my chat list and I chose the wrong one. I frantically called my sister in law and told her what happened and begged her to go into his phone and delete the message with the photo."
"This is before WhatsApp added the functionality to delete your own messages. She was so sweet and understanding and deleted the message. I was so embarrassed. To this day she has kept my secret, this happened five years ago."
"For context, my mom had some life-threatening medical issues when I was a kid, so there were a few month+ long periods where we rarely saw her. One night, I got a text from her that says 'send me a pic of u in bed."
"I thought she wanted a picture of me and my dog snuggling, as he slept with me and was the cutest sleeper. I usually sent her one every few days, even when she was home. It also doubled as her way to make sure I was following my bedtime."
"I was taking the picture, and I get a follow-up 'ignore that' text. At the same time, my dad opens my door so hard the hinges break. He says 'you get a text from mama?' I say yeah, and he says, 'it wasn't meant for you.' And leaves. I felt weird about it for days, even though it was years before I figured it out."
Leave it there...
"I happened to live across the street at the time and a dirty message meant for my now wife was sent to my mother! Luckily for me my mom is notorious for ignoring her phone so I sprinted across the street and said 'hey where is your phone' she told me it was on her desk so I calmly walked over unlocked it and deleted the message. In response to the look of confusion I told her 'deleted a message that was meant for now wife...' And left it at that."
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"One time my dad accidentally texted me 'sex if the Patriots win' and I still don’t believe I have recovered."
Mom and dad have their own lives.
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"I didn't accidentally send a nude, but my phone did auto upload ALL my pictures when I connected it to my mom's computer. I'm no longer allowed to connect hardware to my mom's computer."
"I gave my sister my old Iphone (I’m 25, she’s 22). She didn’t realize that her photos were uploading to my cloud and when I went to send a photo to a coworker, at work mind you, I see her pasty a**. I immediately text her and was like STOP TAKING PHOTOS. She called me and asked if I was okay and I told her what was happening. She responded with 'My a** look good though,' and I died laughing. Love my sis, but Christ."
"I didn’t sent a nude. I was in the shower, about age 15, and I heard the phone ring. My best friend had a habit of calling while I was showering. So, I bolted out naked as the day I was born to grab the phone before she hung up. I didn’t realize pretty much my entire dad’s side of the family was visiting my terminally ill mother."
"They saw it all. My aunt jokingly said, 'Well, dang, I didn’t know there was gonna be a show.' And someone said, 'we were just joking when we said you’d grow up to be a stripper.' I had to do a walk of shame back to the bathroom as well."
"It was laughed off and it hasn’t been brought up since."
Let me see...
"Sent a pic of my boobs to my mom. Managed to convince her I was trying to take a pic of what I thought was a lump but ended up dropping my phone and sent it while fumbling. Which has happened before. But then she made me show her where I thought the lump was so that was very awkward."
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"I once sent a pic to a GF in college when we were home for break… only I searched her contact by last name and accidentally sent it to her mom!"
"Thankfully it was late and she was able to sneak into her parents’ room and delete it before they saw."
What have we learned?
At the very least, triple-check who you are sending it to one whichever app you use for that sort of thing.
There is so much to learn in the world, it's impossible for one person to know absolutely everything there is to know.
But there are certain things, like common phrases and idioms, that everyone seems to use that might be a little embarrassing to not understand until later in life.
Redditor Curious-2577 asked:
"What's something you learned 'embarrassingly late' in life?"
"My sister was in her fifties when she found out the meaning of, 'You have an addictive personality.'"
"She thought after all these years of therapy that it meant that people were addicted to her personality."
"We laughed hysterically when we talked about this (in a very sad way)."
"I thought that horses had toes until I was 22. I thought the hoof was a 'horseshoe' and the toes were tucked inside."
"How did I learn how wrong I was, you ask?"
"I was walking past a cavalry museum and saw a horse statue and loudly remarked, 'It must hurt so bad when they fold a horse’s toes to put them into the shoe!'"
"Dozens of horse enthusiasts turned and looked at me with wild bewilderment in their eyes."
"The saying is, in fact, 'Nip it in the bud' and not 'Nip it in the butt.'"
"A few months ago, two of my colleagues both handed in their notice at around the same time."
"I kept reading/hearing the sentence, 'They’re both moving on to pastures new’ being thrown about the office in the weeks leading up to them leaving, and I hadn’t heard this phrase before and thought that was the name of the rival company that they were going to, like, 'Pastures New.'"
"I thought it was weird that nobody was talking about how they were both leaving for the same company."
"I was in the car with one of the two people who were leaving and said, 'So where is it that you and X are going to be working? Is it...’"
"And just before I could embarrass myself and say ‘Pastures New,' they interrupted me and said they’re not going to the same place and asked me where I had heard that."
"I think at that moment, I realized I was stupid and didn’t mention it again."
"I think I was in college when I realized that Mario and Luigi are plumbers. I thought they just went and up down these tubes just because that was the theme of the game."
"That Bonsai are not a species of tree, but a way to grow them. Any tree can be a bonsai."
Houston, We Have a Problem
"Houston is not the name of the guy astronauts talk to."
"I learned that pork and beans are not called 'cowboy beans.' I was 18 and asked a grocery store clerk to help me find the 'cowboy beans.'"
"We were looking everywhere and I was getting frustrated because I know that every store carries these beans. After a while, I picked up a pork and beans can with a picture and said, 'See, they look just like this!'"
"He said, 'You mean pork and beans?'"
"Then I realized that my mom called them that so that I would eat them."
"The look of disappointment from that grocery store clerk haunts me to this day."
"Let me tell you about how I thought you were awarded a 'Pullet Surprise.'"
Rum and Coke
"Not too late in life, but I thought my parents were making 'Roman Cokes' until I went to college."
"Which, I think is a much better name for the drink (Rum and Coke) anyway."
Oh No, Not Acoma!
"That a coma was 'A' coma. Until I was probably 19 or so, I thought it was 'acoma.'"
"I thought you fell into acoma."
It Must Have Been a One-Way Trip
"My parents were divorced the whole time and my mom was not, in fact, taking a vacation, lmao (laughing my a** off)."
"I live near the Hospital for Joint Diseases… when I was a kid, I thought was a special hospital for people who had two or more different diseases at the same time."
"Moving cross-country, driving east to west, and crossing from Idaho to Oregon, I noticed huge fields with signs for the Ore-Ida Potato company."
"So I was in my early 20s when I figured out Ore-Ida wasn’t just a brand name but was because their potatoes came from Oregon and Idaho."
"When I was really young, my sister told me she threw her guts up. So I was really afraid of vomiting my entire insides up for years."
Some of these really had us laughing as we realized the revelations some of these Redditors were having.
But when we're really honest with ourselves, we probably didn't figure out some of these until later, too.
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.