From the Mouths of Babes

September 29, 2010

in Baby & Kid Stories

My family and I were in the back of a plane in a full cabin-width set of seats in one of those box car with wings puddle jumpers. We were in Charlottesville, VA in the middle of the summer, and the relative humidity was probably over 90%.

The plane was pretty much loaded but the boarding door was still open. They thankfully started up the plane’s A/C system and this caused a cloud of condensation to start pouring out of the system’s vents, starting at the back of the plane.

My older boy, about 5 years old at the time, observed the phenomenon and in a loud, clear voice stated “Look, Dad, smoke!”

An entire plane load of passengers and crew slowly, deliberately and simultaneously turned around to look towards the back of the aircraft. A seasoned Hollywood director couldn’t have choreographed it better.

Everyone relaxed when they realized the source of my boy’s comment, but it was a moment.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugh September 29, 2010 at 11:28 pm

This was truly a flight from hell. I am still not sure how you or the other folks survived. You are a credit to the seasoned air traveller, sir, and I commend you.


Laura October 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Let's get married, Hugh!


Hugh October 8, 2010 at 3:58 am

Sure thing, babe. I just hope the flight to our honeymoon isn't as bad as this one. 🙂


Morgan September 30, 2010 at 2:22 am

Wow, how did you survive such an horrific event? You're child will be traumatized for the remainder of his life.


Jason September 30, 2010 at 2:27 am

Someone please get this traumatized family a Valium and a therapist. I'm considering both for myself after having read this horrific experience.


Karl September 30, 2010 at 2:45 am

After reading this posters story I'm scared to death and will never fly again! From now on only Greyhound, Amtrack and for oversea only ships. I don't want to see any temporary fog coming out of an a/c register because it will panic.


Karl September 30, 2010 at 2:51 am

Sorry, it should be: I will panic.


Morgan September 30, 2010 at 3:12 am

Just think about it, he had to relive this horrific event so that we could read about it.

Talk about courage!


JonJon September 30, 2010 at 3:25 am

LMAO, guys it is tongue and cheek.

I think it is hilarious.

Laugh a little bit !!


Les September 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

Exactly!! The whole point was the coordination of the response.


Dina September 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

And it was so perfect until JonJon ruined it! 😉


Woot September 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

Finally something interesting to read on here. Thanks!


rerere September 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

Oh my goodness? How did you survive and live to tell the tale?


Aarona September 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I liked it! And, I've seen the fog in the puddle jumpers I have to fly to leave my little hometown.


Aaron September 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I liked it! And, I've seen the fog in the little puddle jumpers I have to fly out of my little hometown.


ps September 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Not a flight from hell but funny. similar thing happened to me in La (not Los Angeles). The choreogaphed response is the flight equivalent of prairie doggin' in the office cubicles 🙂


Clare September 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Oh, you were so fortunate to survive such a flight from hell.




Salamandra September 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

So what? They live so what?


Troy October 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

Newsflash to Yank friends. Your sarcasm is noted but if every story on this site were truly from Hell then contributions would be so infrequent that the site would hardly be worthwhile. So to use an Americanism "lighten up".


ps October 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

well said. it was actually funny.


Hack October 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Oh my gods… you could have DIED!!!!
What a tragedy….the OP is in need of a Prozac.


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