I had a passenger who came back multiple times to the galley to chat. Nothing new, of course, people want to stretch or stave off some boredom. The thing was, the stuff this guy starting talking about weirded me out.
He once was in charge of holding the nuclear codes for the US military. His family owned Wyoming and sold it to the government. He hadn't been in the US for 16 years because the CIA was after him but he was returning because his father had died but he had to be careful because his brother was out to get him. So much more but I wasn't writing it down. It was just weird and after a while, a bit unnerving. The guy was seriously intense...
A woman died during a flight, and her daughter was totally fine about it. She had her mom's head in her lap and was stroking her hair. Asked if the mom was okay and the woman was just like "Oh no, she's passed on."
A passenger jacked off into the sick bag of the woman seated next to him while she was in the bathroom. She went to put trash in it later and got jizz on her hand. Was NOT impressed.
My mom was a flight attendant, one time lightning struck the plane & the engine just shit the bed for a few seconds (which of course felt like an eternity) lights went out, cabin pressure dropped & the little ceiling bags popped out, the plane dropped in altitude very rapidly and then...it was over and everything went back to normal. Flight attendants deserve serious props! They have to think quickly, act accordingly, and stay calm in situations like that.
Also one time a morbidly obese guy who'd bought an entire aisle worth of seats had a heart attack mid-flight and shit himself
Obligatory not a flight attendant. After the plane had been boarded, they shut the doors and gave the typical "door has been shut, please turn off all electronic devices" etc. speech. Well this woman was still talking on her phone and the flight attendant came up to her and asked her to turn off her phone. Usually that's enough but apparently not for this particular lady. Flight attendant again comes up to her and tells her she needs to turn her phone off but she holds up her finger like a hold on/just a minute gesture. This is when the gentleman behind her stands up, shows her his badge, and hands her a $9,500 fine. He was an undercover federal air-marshal
A turd. A giant turd in a nest of tissues and kicked into a corner by one of the aircraft doors. This was like 20 minutes into the flight.
Not a flight attendant, but a guy on my flight shit his pants in his seat, and then tried to take them off while still in his seat. someone complained both about the nudity and the smell. he defended it by saying that he didnt want to smell the bathroom up. He got defensive and threw the shitpants at the flight attendant. We had to make a pitstop at the nearest airport and he was removed from the flight and arrested for assault.
A mushroom cloud of vomit.
Not an FA but a former aviation journalist so I used to fly a lot.
We were flying over the Atlantic with Air India and the plane hit a major air pocket, dropping rapidly. The drinks trolley actually rose a couple of inches off the floor, there was a scream from the toilet, but around three seat rows in front of me I saw this cloud of vomit rise up above the headrests for a few seconds before splashing down as we leveled off.
Moral of the story is keep your seat belt on and know where the sick bag is.
I am in airline pilot and I flew up in Alaska for just about three years. I was doing one of my usual routes, Fairbanks to barter island AK. One of my passengers left their muktuk on the plane while we had about a four hour lay over... we had the ground crew put a heater in the cabin to keep the flight instruments warm... Well little did we know it heated up the muktuk as well. It smelled a lot like garbage and rotting flesh. I kept my oxygen mask on the entire flight back to Fairbanks...
Muktuk is the traditional Inuit/Eskimo meal of frozen whale skin and blubber.
Girlfriend was a flight attendant. She found a heavy set Creole lady dropping a duce with the lav door wide open. When GF attempted to correct the situation, she was received with a lot of shouting not in English. When deboarding the plane, her son clarified the woman placed a curse on her.
Edit: I clarified w/GF. She had a huge hat and after the fourth attempt at closing the door, the lady chased GF down the aisle with her pants and panty hose around her ankles.
One flight was delayed because one woman traveling with her 30 years old son didn't want to take their separated seats during a 2 hours flight. They ended up occupying a seat of a mother traveling with her kid of 5 years old. The flight was full and the woman refused to give up the seats that were allocated for the mother with a kid using the excuse that she cannot be seperated from her grown up son as well. We explained that she made a mistake on the reservation and she could try to find seats after take off and other passengers tried to explain to her but decided not to move. The flight supervisor ended up asking people to swap seats and trying to find her two seats while the aircraft was on the ground. 189 passengers were waiting for this lady who can't handle her adult son being seated some rows behind her for a short amount of time.
Not a flight attendant but once was on a short layover on the tarmac in Singapore.
The news channel comes on. Guy next to me watch the 1 screen in front of us.
Breaking news alert with live coverage: shows an airplane on fire on the tarmac (not our tarmac) and people scattering from the emergency funslides.
Guy and I watch the burning plane news for about a minute, glance each other at the same time and giggle.
The entire economy section was watching the same news channel as there was no choice of broadcast. Gasps echoed and babies cried.
Wife is a flight attendant. What happens to her rather frequently is people will blow their noses and try to hand her tissues when she has no gloves on or trash bag in hand. It blows my mind a bit why they think that's acceptable