Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is it just me or does flying seem like a good way to meet people having mental breakdowns?

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  In our life travels we have opportunities to go by plane, train, automobile, motorcycle, skate board, roller skates, skis, and on artificial knees.

Taking a plane these days seems to be a good opportunity for meeting people having mental meltdowns.

News Snippet:

“Screaming "They're going to take us down!" a JetBlue pilot stormed through his plane rambling about a bomb and threats from Iraq Tuesday until passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight tackled him to the ground just outside the cockpit, passengers said.

The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was taken to a hospital after suffering a "medical situation" on board that forced the co-pilot to take over the plane and land it in Amarillo, Texas, the airline said.” (Source)

The good news is how quickly and efficiently the passengers took down their crazed captain who was reportedly foaming at the mouth. The four passengers who stopped him from getting back into the cockpit, sat on him until the plane landed. But it wasn’t that long ago since a stewardess had a mid flight mental meltdown too.

Two months ago, an American Airlines flight attendant took over the public-address system on a flight bound for Chicago and spoke for 15 minutes about Sept. 11 and the safety of their plane, saying "I'm not responsible for this plane crashing," several passengers said.

Passengers wrestled the flight attendant into a seat while the plane was grounded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; the flight attendant was hospitalized. The whole experience of flying anywhere is becoming more stressful all the time. From invasive check in’s, to long lines of really pissed off travelers at ticket counters, there’s no more flying the stress-free friendly airways – if they ever were!

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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