Post # 17
I remember mine. I actually will NEVER forget this. I had spent the summer in Europe after graduating from college. I was finally flying home and my flight was from Rome to Gatwick to Denver. About 3 hours in the flight from Gatwick to Denver the captain came on the loudspeaker and said there had been a hijacking reported in the US and they had closed their airspace and since we were over the atlantic we were going to be rerouted to Canada or go back to England. That was all he would tell us and the plane did not have wi-fi or anything like that so you couldn’t look anything up. 3 hours later we landed back in England. We did not find out what happened until we went through customs and that’s when they told us. They said “it’s really bad”. And then we saw the news coverage on the tv’s in the airport.
The date was 9/11/01
We couldn’t reach our families because all the phone lines were in overload. Most of my family lives on the east coast (a lot in NYC/DC) and I had no idea if they were alive. My family had no idea where I was.
We had to spend the night at the airport that night and at 3am there was a bomb threat so they had to evacuate the airport. We finally go through to our families the next day. We left on the first flight back to Denver- a week later. It was the quietest 9 hour plane ride I have ever experienced. The flight attendants were trying to get people as liquored up as possible.
It took a good 3 years for me to be able to fly again without a major anxiety attack.
Ugh- my skin crawls just thinking about it.
Post # 18
@beekiss: I flown dozens oftimes (usually 3-5 times a year) and I’ve never had the plane drop. It’s not unherad of, but I don’t think it’s common. Pilots will usually try and account for turbulance, but sometimes you still feel it.
@cora_123: It sounds like your cabin just lost air pressure so they had to take you down to an appropriate altitude. So while annoying, it luckily doesn’t sound like you were in any real danger.
I guess I’m just lucky, I’ve never had a terrifying flight experience. But I’m also an aero engineer, so my idea of terrifying is probably skewed.
Post # 19
OMG I would freak. I’m pretty jumpy about flying even though I’ve been doing it frequently since I was less than a year. I’ve never gone though anything beyond bad turbulence.. but stories like this always freak me out. Cognitively I know it’s safer than being in a car, but it still freaks me out that I’m way up in the air in a vehicle out of my control.
Post # 20
I was on US Airways flight 1549. The Miracle on the Hudson plane. I can’t even begin to describe how scary it was!!!!! The noise, and then it got so silent, then they were telling us to BRACE BRACE BRACE and next we were in the water! The plane hit like the hardest roller coaster times 10. I don’t even remember getting out of my seat at the end.
but I will say, pilots can do amazing things!!!! And I was just shocked at how the plane held together! I had expected the plane to be in bits!!! I’m actually not scared to fly after that.
Post # 21
I hate flying but love traveling. It is quite the problem to have. Every flight experience terrifies me, but especially ones that involve turbulence, the lights going out, anything leaking from the roof of the plane (even if it’s “just” water), and when we have to randomly fasten our seatbelts (yeah, because that’s going to help when we crash to our death).
Post # 22
@JsDragonfly: Yikes!!! Not sure how I would have handled that one!
@RunsWithBears: That’s basically what they made it sound like, but the cabin started smelling like smoke/burning which made me think we could possibly blow up mid-air. Someone suggested maybe that’s just the smell created when you descend rapidly but I have my doubts, either way like you said, glad it wasn’t worse!
@Horseradish: You WIN!
Post # 23
Not really terrifying, but an awful flight. My compahas charters planes to take us to remote field locations and a couple years ago I was on one of these. It’s a 2 hour flight over the mountains. And it’s like a 10 seater King Air with no bathroom, to give you an idea of how small it was. That entire flight was the worst turbulence I have ever experienced. The entire plane shook like it was in a blender for TWO FREAKING HOURS. I don’t ever get airsick, but man I was close. The flights attendant (yes the tiny plane had one for some reason) was puking, as was the copilot – we could see right into the cockpit and see the plane bouncing up and down. It was the most awful flight and I rarely went to the field after that! Luckily I switched teams shortly after and everything has been driving distance since then!
Post # 24
Im fine with turbulence, but some of these sound terrifying!
My scariest wasn’t the flight, it was with my own body.had was flying with a bad cold, and developed something called barodontalgia, otherwise known as tooth squeeze. Literally the most painful thing in my life. I’d never even heard of it before,and it got to the point I was waiting for my tooth to crack to relieve pressure and pain (it didnt). I had never even heard of it, so when my tooth suddenly start feeling excruciating pressure pain, it was terrifying.
According to the dentist, it was due to my dinus being super inflamed and pushing on a nerve by my tooth. Never had a problem since.
Post # 25
@farawayviolet: My scariest was something my body did, too. I had gone on a 10-day trip to Europe with my school. We had like 5 or 6 flights total during the trip. I can’t remember which flight it was, but during one of our takeoffs, as the plane started to ascend, I suddenly experienced this horrific stabbing pain at the base of my skull. It felt like someone had rammed an iron spike into me. I actually screamed, it hurt so bad. I had my friends and the flight attendant all around me asking me what was wrong but I couldn’t even speak. It went away after several minutes. Still have no idea why that happened but now every time I fly I am so scared that it will happen again.
Post # 26
@HeyKaraoke: that sounds like you had a sinus infection. It might have been too mild to even notice on the ground but as soon as the air pressure changes inside the plane as you climb, it will really put a lot of pressure inside your sinus cavities. Ouch! If you take an over-the-counter allergy medicine shortly before flying, you’ll be able to prevent that.
Post # 27
Mine’s definitely not as scary as some others, but I was scared. Darling Husband and I were flying back to California, and everyone was seated on the plane ready to go. It was taking forever and everyone was starting to wonder what was going on. Finally the pilot came on and said they were having trouble getting the engine to start, and somebody would be there shortly to MANUALLY start it. I’m sorry, but I don’t want anything on a plane I’m going to be on needing anything done manually. It took about 45 minutes before we were able to take off. Needless to say, every little bump scared me on that flight.
Post # 28
During a flight from Seattle to LA, I guess a lot of people were chatting/not paying attention during the flight attendants’ routine safety briefing. Sometime during the flight, our plane suddenly swooped at a 90 degree tilt to one side, then a few seconds later, swopped 90 degress to the other side. We were literally sitting sideways. People were screaming and freaking out. My poor mom already has a huge phobia of flying, so she just about lost it. After the plane steadied, the pilot came over the intercom and said that we got caught in another plane’s tailwind. (WTF, WHY ARE WE FLYING THAT CLOSE TO ANOTHER PLANE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!)
But the kicker is that instead of saying something calming and reassuring, he then made a snide remark like, “That’s why you should pay attention to the flight attendants’ safety briefing.”
My mom is convinced that he swerved the plane on purpose to teach us a lesson.
Post # 29
@beekiss: My mom said she’s been on two flights where that’s happened. They describe it as “losing altitude,” but yeah, it’s when the plane just suddenly drops like thousands of feet (and vomit is flying through the air)…
Post # 30
I work in a remote field location and my company charters flights for us. Anyway, I once had to take a flight to the east coast of Canada and back to the west coast the next day. The weather was great for most of the flight, but we had to make a stop in Thunder Bay ON. One the descent, we caught a cross wind.
I don’t like to fly as it is, but when the pilot came over intercom and told us we weren’t going to land, I thought ok, good. Then he came back on and said nevermind, make sure your seatbelts are tight. I felt like I was in a paper plane. We were thrashing all over the place, the guy in front of me puked all over himself, the plane was practically sideways, I was sobbing.
The guy beside me told me it was the worst flight he’d ever been on, and he’d been doing that same flight weekly for 8 years.
The flight attendant came and sat with me because I had to still go from there to my job site, and couldn’t stop crying.
At the end of the flight, the pilot came out to make sure I was ok and reassure me that the flights aren’t usually that bad.
Sadly, my anxiety is now so bad that I can’t get on a plane. I have nightmares about it, I’m actually in tears right now just thinking about it.
The worst part is that we planned a destination wedding and paid for it and I have no idea how I am going to get there now because I am terrified to fly and anti anxiety meds haven’t been working.
@Horseradish: I’d have died of a heart attack right then and there, you might honestly be my new hero for not being scared to fly after that, wow!
Post # 31
Oh my god!!!
i would die immediately if the oxygen masks came down!
im so freakin terrified of flying. I get serious anxiety just from moderate turbulance.
I totally freak out too everytime the seatbelt light comes on and the pilot asks the crew to buckle up too!
Ughhhhh….. Knock on wood I never experience anything worse.