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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:06 PM   #1
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How do all of you people feel about flying in airplanes? Do you love it? Hate it? Scared of it? Do you do it often? Never? What's the longest flight you've ever taken? The shortest? In general, how do you feel about flying?
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:26 PM   #2
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I'm quite comfortable in airplanes now, seeing as I went to Idaho and back by myself and am still here. I don't get to go flying often, but I enjoy having time up there just to sit back and think and not have to worry about anything. The longest flight I was on was seven hours, to Hawaii. That was literally the longest day of my life, because it was 2:00 when we got there, and it was 6:00 back home, so we kept waiting, and waiting for the day to end lol. The shortest flight was to Idaho about three months ago, it was about an hour.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:29 PM   #3
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I've never really had too much of a problem with planes. When I was younger, I used ot think they were the most exciting things in the world. Now I don't get QUITE as excited sitting in one of those seats for six hours but I still think they're a cool way to travel.

My only complaint is that every time I fly, I'm GUARANTEED to come home with some kind of cold afterwards.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:29 PM   #4
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Although I don't do it anymore, I love flying. As a teen, I used to belong to the air cadets. I've gone up in a DC-10, an Otter, and the scariest one yet. A glider. That one scared the daylights out of me because I couldn't hear anything but wind rushing by.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:42 PM   #5
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I don't have a problem with it. I never flew anywhere 'til this year, actually--we flew to Phoenix and back. No rough landings or takeoffs, so things were calm...though we did spend the extra $30 to upgrade to Economy Plus seats for more legroom (plus we were among the first passengers off the plane once we landed).
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 07:55 PM   #6
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I enjoy flying but admit it makes me a bit nervous. I always have to have a window seat though. I like looking at things from so high above. It's fascinating.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 08:49 PM   #7
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Don't like flying, but I like to travel - so I grin (or cringe!) and bear it!
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 09:03 PM   #8
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O.K., something I know about. I have flown profesionally for over twenty years. I have logged uncountable hours doing "hard fly". For those who don't know the lingo, that's when the blocks are off the wheels and the plane backs away from the gate. I have been through emergencies, both medical and flight related. I have been struck by lightening (well, the plane has), been through landings in the brace position, as well as a number of scary inflight airplane malfuntions, including unsecured rear deplaning hatches, as well as nose gear not-locked-in-place landings. We had to do more than one "fly by's" to assure us that the nose gear was at least decended. On one such incidence, we had to remove part of the floor-boards to visually confirm that the nose gear was at least partially deployed. Thank God it was, and only the first class pax had to witness that procedure.
Many times we had to divert to alternate airports, due to conditions adverse to landing at our designated airport.
The most frightening thing was doing approaches that were aborted. One time we did three aborted landings where we had to pull-up at the last moment when at the visibabilty denied a visual approach. I can't tell you the angst that goes through your mind. Once around and back again is quite enough without repeated attempts.
Let me tell you, as as flight crew for more that twenty years, you don't get the whole truth when you are told what is happening. We just don't do that. You get a watered-down version of what is going on, and that is all. Somehow, it is an unwritten code that the pax(passengers) never really get the whole picture of what is really happening.
Next time you are in a dicey situation on an aircraft, please be aware that the flight crew really (most of the time) are the only ones that really have the whole story. And you can't t tell from just looking at them, most of the time it is something that they have been through before, and they look on it as just another pain-in-the-ass.
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Answer: No shows.
Fly at your own risk.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 11:25 PM   #9
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I don't mind the actual flying, i just get paranoid about the people around me and get really jittery if I think someone is acting wierd after all this terrorism.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 12:18 AM   #10
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I love flying ! I wish I could do it more I want to try a parachute jump someday I should add its one of my fave beatle songs
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 01:17 AM   #11
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I heartily dislike flying, but I do it because it's the fastest and easiest way to get somewhere most of the time. I don't have the luxury of time and money to drive cross-country or take the Queen Mary II to England. The longest flights I've ever taken have been to England and to California. I didn't enjoy either, but endured them because they were the only way to get there reasonbly. The shortest flights have been ones I've taken from NYC to Buffalo -- the flight takes about 40 minutes, but it's more of a pain in the butt to get to the airport! It takes about 90 minutes to get from where I live to JFK to catch a JetBlue flight to Buffalo!

Nope, flying is not my favorite activity -- but rather something to be dealt with and endured for the sake of convenience.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 02:13 AM   #12
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I have never flown in an airplane. I've always wanted to know what it's like.My family has just always traveled by van mainly in the USA, in Canada and Tiajuana, Mexico. One day hopefully I'll get to travel in an airplane, because until then I'll never know if I like it or not.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 02:31 AM   #13
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I don't mind the actual flying, i just get paranoid about the people around me and get really jittery if I think someone is acting wierd after all this terrorism.
When we were flying home from Gibraltar in July, just as we were landing a Muslim lady a few rows back from me stood up, even though everyone was supposed to be seated with their belts on. Everyone panicked and the pilot's voice came over asking her to sit down immediately. Even he sounded worried. Eventually a couple of air stewardesses grappled her back into her seat. She was probably no threat at all and maybe just confused, but with things the way they are these days, and especially a this was a couple of days after the London bombings, everyone just assumes the worst.

I hate flying, I always have, even though I've done it so many times. I'm very nervous about being so high up. I can never sit by the window. The best flight I ever had was going to Amsterdam. We were upgraded to business class, which is much nicer than economy. Virtually as soon as we took off we were served with breakfast, and by the time we had finished and it was all cleared away, we were landing! Worst would have to be going to New York, which is a long flight anyway, but there were tornadoes or something there that day so we had to circle in the air for about an hour waiting to land.
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My favorite quote when it comes to passengers:
Question: Who are your favorite kind of passengers?
Answer: No shows.
Fly at your own risk.

that is perfect!! I certainly understand why passengers are kept in the dark....I cant imainge having to deal with people in what they feel might be a life or death situation.

As for flying...I would rather leave it....the 'hurry up and wait' procedure irritates me...and I have found myself to be a little claustophobic.

Longest flight Denver to Hawaii, shortest flight....Milwaulkee to Escanaba, MI. That was the smallest plane and quite cool
Harriest flight: emergency landing for a cracked windshield....wasnt bad at all..really.
Most awful flight...any flight with small children, in particular my oldest who felt she needed to fill that bag in the seat ahead of her
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I love flying and I love the sensation of take off.
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I can't afford to drive anywhere anymore, never mind fly! But when I was younger, the family would get together (we were all grown by then) and go to Hawaii about every other year, or visit my brother in LA. He worked for an airline, and my parents got travel benefits (not me, tho!)
The longest flight I ever took was to Israel in '82, stopping in Paris for 30 min. Seems like it took days to get there, and then to Jerusalem. I'm glad I went then, 'cos it would be so difficult now. As soon as we got back from that trip, Israel invaded Lebanon. We had nothing to do with it!
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You will never, ever get me in a plane. They scare me.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 09:31 AM   #18
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I don't like flying and avoid it like the plague. The longest flight I took was from Sacramento, CA to Orlando, FL with a long layover in Colorado or Utah (can't remember.) The shortest was a ridiculous 50 minutes or so from Sacramento to L.A.X. We spent more time circling the airport waiting to land than we did traveling.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 09:50 AM   #19
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I don't mind flying. I used to really love it, but I think the longer trips are harder on me since I'm so tall & you really can't move much in your seat.

My longest non-stop flight was from Seattle, Washington to Osaka, Japan. I was on the plane for 15 hours.
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I don't have the luxury of time and money to drive cross-country or take the Queen Mary II to England.
Hah, I wish someone would tell one of my friends that. She's dying to go to Europe one of these days, but she also refuses to fly ANYwhere anymore.
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