Disturbed Over Drops

September 26, 2010

in Airplane Stories

I was recently traveling from Pierre, South Dakota to Portland, Oregon along with my wife and four kids after attending a funeral. The trip was going great – the kids were well-behaved (we even got several compliments on their behavior), everything was on time or early, and we even had time for a quick lunch at our layover in Minneapolis.

Then we got on the plane to take us to Portland and as we started down the runway, it happened. Liquid began leaking out of the ceiling over the guy in front of me, but since we were taking off, it fell at an angle and dripped directly onto my lap.

As we rose into the air, the liquid continued dripping, but the new angle made it drip on my head and chest. After a drop hit my arm I smelled it and it didn’t smell like anything so I wasn’t concerned, but I certainly didn’t want to be dripped on for the whole flight. That’s when a flight attendant came up to me.

“It’s just condensation up in the roof. It’s fine,” she said as she headed back to her seat.

Oh, okay. So at least it wasn’t dangerous, right? But if she knew what it was, then the airline obviously knows it can happen. If they know it can happen, shouldn’t they have a system in place to channel the water away from the customers?

Luckily as the plane leveled off the water stopped dripping out of the ceiling. The rest of the flight went smoothly and we landed safely back home in Portland. I was even dry by the time we landed.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

David September 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

It happens on every type of plane on any airline there isn't anything they can do about it, it is nature and the environment and atmosphere…..condensation happens

It just happens mostly at takeoff and then is gone after so little point of moving


Don September 27, 2010 at 5:48 am

This was a flight from hell? This happens all the time as was stated.


Dustin September 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Having a random liquid dripping in your face while the plane takes off is *not* normal, even if it happens regularly. You have to be sitting in the exact wrong place.

The point is this: if condensation is normal, why don't the airplane manufacturers do something to keep it from dripping into the cabin?


David September 28, 2010 at 5:28 am

The manufacturers know about the problem but there's nothing that they can do about it, it's not something they or anyone can do about it


Salamandra September 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Who are you? Sent the clothes to the cleaners


Buggie September 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Fligth from hell? So what about a few drops? You know airlines can’t be perfect, so why complain over that? Seriously, chill.


DC-10 FE June 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

The condensation comes from all the cold air that is being pushed through the aircraft's air conditioning system. There is no way to control where condensation will form, the only thing you can do is politely ask for the flight crew to adjust the AC temperature and warm the air up a bit. This is unlikely to happen as most people like the vents to spew cold air. Sometimes you just have to deal.


HaS June 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

If I was being dripped on too much and there were some free seats, I'd move.


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