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  •  As long as the wings stay attached to the plane, (3+ / 0-)
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    I don't care about the rest of it.

    My first flight was Newark-Gatwick, back in the day when Newark had one terminal and you walked out of the waiting room on to the tarmac and climbed stairs to the plane.  And we dressed up to fly - with hats and gloves!  

    My flights have ranged the gamut from super smooth to so rough even the cabin crew stayed seated and belted.  One of the worst was Orlando-Newark, thunderstorms all the way, in a DC10 - one week after the cargo doors had fallen off the DC10 in France (March 1979). That was enjoyable. :(

    If I can, I fly first or business class - just makes the whole thing easier.  Cattle class exacerbates my jet lag and I am a miserable person with jet lag.    

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:21:14 PM PST

    •  You were flying JUST a few days before I was! (2+ / 0-)
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      - Gatwick-Newark. Actually, the problem with the DC-10 out of Paris - Turkish Airlines Flight 981 was tragic (and simple). The person on the ramp who was assigned to close AND LOCK the door to the cargo hold was Moroccan. He had almost NO command of the Turkish and English languages in which the instruction notice was printed! What happened? He CLOSED but did not satisfactorily LOCK the access door. (Which was also found, subsequently to have been modified illegally to make it easier to close)

      Consequently, the door failed during climb-out, and in doing so, impacted the control runs to the rudder and elevators.

      End.........

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:05:02 PM PST

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      •  At the time of my flight, no one was sure what (3+ / 0-)
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        had caused the door to fail (we didn't do instant communication in those days).  Had I known it was a DC10 before going to the airport, I would have changed my flight.

        Did you ever fly out of the old Orlando airport?  You couldn't see what plane you were on before going to the entry ramp (in those day, we ordinary flyers didn't pay attention to what type of plane we were booking), so I went through the door, turned, realized it was a DC 10 and almost turned around and walked off.  Unfortunately, I was accompanying my father's coffin and my mother would never have forgiven me for abandoning him.  

        And the flight was so rough, the crew didn't even serve drinks (lord knows I needed one).  The kid behind me must have thrown up 10 times.

        All together a terrible flight.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:33:25 PM PST

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        •  O DEAR! What a terrible terrible flight... (1+ / 0-)
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          ....I am so sorry for the trauma! :(

          'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

          by shortfinals on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:41:01 PM PST

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          •  Well, I learned one thing.... (2+ / 0-)
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            when I traveled home with my mother's coffin, we went by train.  Emotionally much easier.  Of course, by the time Mom died, getting on a plane had become a traumatic act in itself.  Getting on with a coffin - don't even want to think about how difficult that would have been.  

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:17:31 PM PST

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