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Laughing At Life - Part 2

June 9th, 2010 at 02:09 am

In May, I wrote about my DS & DN going to California and their exciting plane ride, now for the return trip.

Once again, its funny/crazy/unbelievable/etc if its not happening to you or you are looking back.

The main characters are DS & DN and Stephanie & her son, Chuck. DN and Chuck are good friends from HS. DS and Stephanie met thru DN & Chuck. DS and Stephanie are now very good friends.

Chuck graduated from a college in California. He is returning to pursue his Masters in Washington, DC. Stephanie went to attend his graduation. DS & DN decided to join up with them and vacation together. So far, so good.

Now for the return airplane trip from California to Washington, DC (sort of). This time they return on Air Tran (not SouthWest). A small amount of background. Stephanie is an RN that travels frequently, almost every week, for her work. Lots of experience flying.

Stephanie decides she wants to fly first class and upgrades her ticket and Chuck's. She doesn't like to wait for drinks/snacks/etc. DS & DN are in regular/ second class.

My DS & DN are surrounded by characters. Truly, like something out of a sitcom. Next to my DS is a Japanese woman who continuously picks her nose and ears. She rolls the buggers and flicks them into the walkway. Supposedly this is socially acceptable in Japan. I don't know. I have no experience with this. In front is another Japanese woman, early 20's, who spends 50 mins of every hours admiring herself in a compact mirror and the other 10 mins asking for water and then going to the bathroom. Next to her is a newlywed couple who vacationed in Disneyland and are goofy with love. He wears a Peter Pan hat with feather and she wear another character hat. Also in view is a man with a bald, tatooed head and his ear lobes have been stretched so they wrap around his whole ear.

Everyone is nice but my DN kept waiting for someone from candid camera to pop up and say "you're on candid camera".

Before reaching Memphis, TN, my DS notices a passenger in distress. The stewardess' are assisting her. She is in her 80's. They call a service AirTran contracts with that is supposed to be available 24/7 365/366 days a year in case of medical emergency. Unfortunately, they don't answer the phone.

DS hears "If anyone is a Nurse or Doctor" request. Its announced a second time. This time my DS looks up and sees that the only medical person onboard is Stephanie. The woman stopped breathing, no pulse, people heard a death rattle and she released her bladder and bowels. Stephanie assisted and made the call to land the plane for emergency assistance. Steph was able to stabilize her until they landed in Memphis to sirens, police and ambulances.

No the story does not end here. But its my bedtime so I'll finish tomorrow.

5 Responses to “Laughing At Life - Part 2”

  1. Miclason Says:

    life IS stranger than fiction!

  2. whitestripe Says:

    lol. I have 300+ hours of flying time under my belt and have some pretty interesting stories as well. My most recent was a three hour plane trip where the couple next to me spent the entire three hours making out, only to get off the plane, separate and be greeted by different spouses. LOVELY.

  3. Elisabeth Says:

    whitestripe - I know its not really funny but I didn't expect the end and had to laugh. Those poor spouse, they have louses.

  4. Homebody Says:

    Ugh I hate to fly. Flew 1.5 hours up here to Seattle/Tacoma, only because my daughter and granddaughter are here. They are abut the only thing that can get me on a plane.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh my goodness, your niece sure has some air-flight stories!

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