Cape Town – It seems as if it’s not only cabin crew members who have their share of fun at 33 000ft.
Following the recent article Confessions of kulula cabin crew, more flyers have come forward with their bizarre travel experiences.
Some passengers are as polite as the Queen Mother herself, yet others find it easier to blame airport officials and crew when things go wrong on their flights. Truth is, when you put so many people in a confined space, things are bound to get weird...
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Baby on Board!
“We were flying with our baby the first time and heard that sucking on some milk will soothe the blocked ears.
We were seated next to a very neatly dressed and somewhat "stiff" business man with a laptop.
After take-off I decided to give my baby some milk for the ears...but then the weirdest thing happened. With the teat in baby's mouth, all the milk seemed to run out of his mouth from the corners instead of going into his mouth and tummy…
So I decided to inspect. When I took the bottle out of baby's mouth it sprayed milk everywhere all over the stiff passenger’s face!
He obviously knew what happened, but he DID NOT MOVE AN INCH! He just sat there - perfectly. Not even blinking.
I wanted to laugh so badly but since he was so serious about it, I thought it would be best not to laugh. Once I managed to contain myself, I offered him a tissue and said to him, "Luckily it was not breast milk…"
I think he started to defrost after that as he cracked a smile and started moving again. Shame… I felt so bad!”
- Shared by Traveller24 reader Marlene Oosthuizen.
“I was on a mid-afternoon SAA flight from PE to Durbs and was handed a box of snacks. The box contained knife, fork, tea spoon, packet of chips and nuts. I asked the attendant whether I should use the cutlery to eat the chip and nuts?”
- Shared by Traveller24 reader Naresh Ganesh.
Fingernail faux pas
“As ground staff for an international airline, one comes across many strange and odd encounters when dealing with different nationalities, cultures and personalities.
One time, I was checking in a flight departing OR Tambo International Airport to London Heathrow Airport. The flight was really busy, so time was of the essence.
I waved for the next passenger in the queue to make her way to my check-in desk so that I could check her in on the system for boarding.
On her arrival at my desk she commented, “Busy flight I see, I will hurry up so that I don’t keep you from checking in other passengers”.
Her relatively friendly and accommodating gesture made me smiled of appreciation as I asked for her ticket and passport.
Unfortunately she did not have the requested document available immediately as it was still in her travel backpack. She proceeded to quickly unzip her backpack pouch to get her passport and ticket.
Whiles unzipping the backpack she accidentally caught one of her finger nails in the zip. My immediate reaction was to sympathise and say sorry, but what happened next was rather embracing for both of us.
Her bright pink, plastic fingernail popped off and landed in my lap! She had not noticed this immediately and continued to unzip the pouch.
To my surprise, a second false nail popped and arrowed its way over the counter to join the first nail on my lap!
I wasn’t sure what to do next, the decent thing – I thought – would be to return the lost property back to the rightful owner. So, I gathered the small collection of plastic fingernails from my lap and handed it back to her.
When she realised what had happened, her friendly and accommodating gesture had taken a turn for the worst.
She annoyingly snapped at me and instructed me to keep the nails, as it had no value to her. She blamed me for the demise of her two, well, not-so-perfectly-groomed finger tips.
I could not help but smile. An awkward silence developed, with only facial expressions being swopped between the passenger and myself… Talk about strange and odd.”
- Shared by Traveller24 reader Clinton Rudman.