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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Will I ever be able to fly again?

An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York
I don't enjoy flying. I do it because I have to, but I don't like it. Now let me back up a bit and tell you about our flight to Oklahoma for Christmas. We left Salt Lake City at around 4:45 pm headed to Denver. Everything was fine until in one instant it felt like we dropped out of the sky and the turbulence that followed for about the next 15 minutes is the worst I have EVER experienced!! (And I've done quite a bit of flying. I lived in Hawaii and have been to Tonga.) It was so bad the the female flight attendant yelled to the male flight attendant "GET DOWN" and they both hit the ground. They had been in the process of serving the drinks. The drinks on the cart spilled on the people sitting next to the cart and I seriously thought that there was something wrong with the plane. The flight attendants proceeded to stay on the floor for about 15 minutes and when things started looking a bit better the female got up to push the cart to the back of the plane when the male attendant crawled back and kept telling the female to get back down! In the end they finally made the landing instructions (you know, put your seat up, stow your tray, etc.....) then she said, if in the case we need to make an emergency landing, please leave all your belongings on the plane!!!! WHAT THE?????
So anyway, we landed just fine and everything was okay, but I still called my mom and told her I wasn't sure I could get on the next flight!!! It was good that our flight was delayed by an hour when we landed and then another hour while we were there at the airport. It gave me time to collect myself. I did end up getting on the next flight and was excited to see that we had the very same flight attendants from our last flight. I mean....if they can get on another flight then I guess i can too!
So we board the flight and it take a long time to do so. Then they finally close the doors (so no one can run off the plane, I'm sure) and the captain makes this anouncement............"We are sorry things are taking so long, but I'm afraid it is going to be a big longer. We are number 40 in line for take off. We are only able to use one runway because there has been a plane crash on the other one!" AGAIN.........WHAT THE??????
So I'm sure you saw this on the news...........but our flight landed at 6:15 pm and flight 1404 was taking off at 6:18 pm. No wonder we were so delayed inside the airport! I do have to say, I never heard anything about it while inside. Good thing b/c I wouldn't have gotten on the plane for sure!
The rest of our trip was great, thank goodness.
Okay.....now addressing the plane wreck yesterday in New York. I guess I never thought about birds hitting the engines (GROSS). If I would have thought about it, I would have assumed that they had created something so that it didn't affect the plane at all (whether it be one bird or a whole flock). This new knowledge of birds being able to bring down a whole plane really makes me never want to fly again!!!
P.S. I know the chances of a plane going down are low.....but I bet that is what the people on the New York and Denver flights were telling themselves too!! :)

10 comments:

Kimberly said...

I had NO idea your flight to Okie was so horrendous! Yikes! I don't mind flying...except I'm too fat for the seats, so if I have to sit between two people...ugh. Uncomfortable!

Kimberly said...

Oh, and I was going to say--birds don't fly at 30,000 feet (or wherever planes fly), so if the plane did hit a flock of birds, you'd probably already be pretty close to the ground and the crash wouldn't be that bad. Does that help? ;-)

Erin said...

So what cause all the drama when you were landing...bad weather???

gigi said...

Oh please don't tell Harrison! He's never going to fly again. Last time was when he was 16 and that's that! He thought he couldn't serve a mission because he wouldn't fly. They showed him, he served in SLC and we drove him out there and Farell Kirkland and my daddy went and picked him up. Poor Christon, they have only taken cruises because he won't fly anywhere with her. If he can't get there by driving, he ain't goin! Last time we went to SLC, Jordan, Christon and I flew with Shelby and Harry, Harrison and Trav drove the truck and met us out there. (Travis will fly he just went along to help drive, poor thing)

Sants said...

Seriously! ARG!!!

I totally copied your background on my blog. I hope you don't mind!

The Clanton Gang said...

Holy cow!!! I think I might've walked the rest of the way. LOL

Katie A. said...

Yikes!..Glad you got there safe!

Jen said...

What a story! Hopefully a flight will never be that bad again! You did make me laugh though, I enjoyed reading about it.

tam said...

Wow and with two little kids...I'm not sure I would be too anxious to fly anytime soon either! Glad you are home, though!

Nia said...

So sorry that you're flight wasn't so fabulous. When the plan landed when I went home I swear we swerved like we were trying to avoid hitting something. And to answer your question... YUP! Mostly cause its my only way to get home!! And I wanna see the world!!! Or else I might re-think flyin!!!