The 10 Most Absurd Flight Delays To Ever Happen

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  1. sobore
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    Bill Clinton's scalp
    In 1993, four LAX runways shut down when then-president Bill Clinton summoned his hair stylist aboard Air Force One for a last-minute trim on the tarmac. Apparently, he hadn't had time to make it to the stylist's Beverly Hills salon during his stay.

    Six-foot iguanas
    In Puerto Rico, a strange, nonnative iguana species has begun to overrun the island, setting up camp everywhere from patios to hotel pools. The real doozy comes when they swarm the runways, causing delays at San Juan International Airport.

    A man in a flying lawn chair
    As far as we can tell, this really, truly happened. In 1982, Larry Walters attached 45 industrial weather balloons to a lawn chair for a casual flight above his backyard. Things got a little out of hand, and he was arrested after floating into LAX airspace at 16,000 feet. A Pan Am flight changed its course.

    An icy blast of fire ants
    A veteran flight attendant claims that one time, attendants on a flight from Mexico City started the plane's air conditioning after sitting at the gate for awhile. Ants had somehow snuggled into the vents during that time, so when the air went on, hundreds of the buggers sprayed into the cabin. Ick!

    Overage pilots
    Officials at Heathrow forbid a Polish Airlines flight to take off after finding out that both its pilots were over the age of 60. According to regulations over there, one pilot on each flight must be under 60 years old.

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  2. daninstl

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    How about people that can't seem to throw their stuff in the overhead and sit down already :)
     
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    The difference is that none of the other issues could be solved by judicious use of a taser gun like this one could. ;)

    Mike
     
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    Oh I likey!!!
     
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    Well, someone could have used a taser gun on the overage pilots! ;)

    But, I'll take a "Sully Sullenberger" -age pilot on my flight any day of the week over an Asiana Airlines Flight 214 pilot any day of the week! :cool:
     
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    But what kind of delay would taking a Taser onto a plane cause. seems like that would delay the flight by a couple of hours at least.
     
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    For us, it was a combo of events at IAD to TYS. Just as the pilot applied power for takeoff, there was a very loud POP. An engine had died, so we limped back to the gate. After a bit, another ship was brought around, and we all boarded that one, ready for pushback. Oh wait! The catering truck had broken down, right behind the plane. Most of the male passengers offered to push the disabled truck away from the ship, but UA did not take us up on the offer. A ground crew arrived, stood around talking for about a half-hour, then decided to push the broken truck to another area of the runway. We finally were airborne, and the only problem was our limo driver had about 4 hours to kill, but as he had plugged in our flight, knew that there were problems.

    Another issue was reported by a friend, who was a Cpt. on Taka Airways. Taking off from some airport in Bolivia, a wild boar ran onto the runway, and was struck by the nose gear. Takeoff aborted, and gear checked out, for another attempt. Some co-workers built a little tabletop model of a plane taking off, and a hog stuck in the nose gear. Though no fun at the time, he treasured the little model - well-done, I might add!
     
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    How about the post arrival absurd delays. How many times have you heard this one after arriving on time or early at an airport: "Welcome to (fill in the blank) we managed to make up some time in the air tonight and have arrived a couple minutes early! Please remember to keep your seat belts on and stay seated with all carry on luggage stowed until we have reached the gate" (3 minutes later)..."Well we are going to have to sit here for a minute until we they can find a gate crew, please relax and we'll get you into the gate in just a couple minutes" (20 minutes later)..."Ladies and gentlemen they have located the ground crew and we'll be pulling in shortly, just relax and thank you again for flying with us today. We know you have a choice of what airline you fly and we appreciate your business" (15 minutes later).....
     
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    Ah, yes, this quote appears to be taken out of a certain domestic airlines playbook! Other of their often-used quotes include:

    - "We're sorry that we our flight was delayed, and we were an hour late (when your flight is much more than an hour late, no precise time will be mentioned). We'll make it up to you next time. Thank you for flying with us. We know that you have a choice when you fly, and we appreciate your business."

    - "There's going to be some turbulence on this flight (that only actually occurs less than 50% of the time that this statement is made), and so I'm directing the flight attendants to not serve drinks on this flight, for their and your safety. You can get a free drink with us the next time that you fly (just try to ask for it, it won't work!)"

    - (an hour after deplaning and finding the luggage carousel to pick up your checked bags) "Your checked bags will be arriving on carousel #6 any minute." :rolleyes:
     
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    We have been there too many times. This almost always happened (or very similar), upon early arrival at LHR. First, if the flight from SFO WAS early, we circled forever. Then, we would land, only to sit on the tarmac for 40 mins.

    We arrived early at DEN, for a connection to MSY. As UA could not get a gate crew, we sat for 3 hours, watching our MSY-bound flight depart.

    When we are early, I shudder. That so often means that, after everything transpires, we will be late...
     
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    Easy. Put a taser gun and a 3.5 oz bottle of shampoo in a carry-on. The TSA will be so obsessed with the shampoo that they'll completely ignore the taser gun.

    Mike
     
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    I'd forgotten about Bill Clinton's LAX fiasco. This is an amusing article.
     

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