Things You Only Hear On A Flight From Florida To Texas…

You can’t make this stuff up…

Boarding a flight from Tampa to Dallas this afternoon, the guy in front of me popped his head into the cockpit. The first officer (a female) was seated in the right seat, and the left seat was empty (the captain was doing his walk around).

Dude: “Howdy! Are you the captain?”
First officer: “No, I’m the first officer, the captain sits over there.”
Dude: “So you’re like the captain for the right side of the plane?”
First officer: “No, it’s a two person cockpit, so we alternate who flies.”
Dude: “So you give the captain directions?”
First officer: “Not really, but I do help with navigation when it’s not my segment to fly.”
Dude: “Well tell the captain he should let you fly. I’ve always wanted to be flown by a woman.”

*Silence*

Comments

  1. Feel sorry for the spouse who has to go to bed each night with a person having the same IQ as the room temperature.

  2. Pretty lax security for a pax to make his way into the cockpit under any circumstances IMO ! Which airline was that, so I can put it on my ‘no-fly’ list.

  3. @Glenn

    I’ve never had trouble going up to the cockpit to say “hi” to the pilots before the flight. Of course, at least I would hope, I am a little more cordial and PC than the gentleman in Lucky’s story.

  4. @ Glenn Turnley — It was an MD-80. The cockpit door is right by the entrance. He wasn’t in the cockpit, but the cockpit is tiny so you can have a conversation standing by it as you enter the plane.

  5. Glenn Turnley says: “Pretty lax security for a pax to make his way into the cockpit under any circumstances IMO ! Which airline was that, so I can put it on my ‘no-fly’ list.”

    What on earth are you talking about? I’ve visited flight decks on numerous airlines while the aircraft was on the ground before and after the sterile cockpit rule came into effect. Does that make me some sort of terrorist in your view? Hyper sensitive travelers such as yourself should probably just avoid all air travel rather than muck it up for the rest of us with your unreasonable fears and irrational misunderstandings. Based on Lucky’s description it sounds like it was an AA flight but I’ve seen this sort of thing on many other airlines as well. Either outgrow your childish fear of harmless everyday events or stay home and huddle in fear.

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