Plane Leaks Soak Passenger

September 30, 2010

in Airplane Stories

Three years ago I was flying out of Newark Liberty Airport on an American Airlines flight. Being a Platinum frequent flier member, whenever a first class seat wasn’t available to me I would always go to the rear seats in the plane. I usually found that there was more room in that portion of the plane since most people don’t want to be the last off the plane.

As the plane began to taxi out of the gate, I noticed that there was a constant drip from above my head that was draining onto my jacket. Since it wasn’t too bad, I decided that I could just move one seat to my right which placed me against the bulkhead.

We continued to taxi to the runway and the drip appeared to stop. As the pilot increased power, however, the drip became a waterfall and much to my surprise I was suddenly showered with ice cold water that soaked not only me but the two seats that were empty to my left. The flight attendant in the back of the airplane noticed my dilemma, and after we got off the ground she immediately brought me paper towels so that I could at least attempt to dry my hair and face. But as my clothes were soaking wet, I was forced to sit in them until I arrived at DFW where my wife picked me up. The two of us laughed all the way back to our house over the unexpected shower that I received compliments of American Airlines.

– M. Watts

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

D-Money October 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

As much as you fly, do you REALLY need to be told to put a change of clothes into your carry-on?


TacoDave October 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

D-Money is at it again! I think I'm beginning to understand what the 'D' stands for.

Not everyone has space for a change of clothes in their carry-on. I guess that makes us bad people, huh?


TDF October 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Okay… if it's a non-stop flight and his final destination is home, it should have been pretty safe to not pack a change of clothes.


D-Money October 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

So MAKE room. A t-shirt, shorts, and undergarments don't take up THAT much space. Besides, you get a carry-on AND a personal item like a backpack. If you STILL don't have room, you need to dump some of it into your checked bag.


Laura October 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I hope the one day you forget a change of clothes you get pooped on, D-Money!


D-Money October 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

What, did the "rocky road" movie-quote hit a little too close to home? If you're hugely fat, don't eat so @#%# much.


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