Sunday, May 11, 2008

NOT Cleared To Taxi

I always bag on airport personnel other than FAs. Well, now I'm gonna bag on us. One of us, actually, and not me. A pilot told me a story the other day in which a new FA, having just gotten her ID that lets her down onto the runway, threw on some sweats and went jogging on the runway. After the damn police tanks surrounded her, she explained that it just seemed like a great place to run.
For some reason, I just have this feeling those sweats were velour and had PINK printed across the butt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE tell me this wasn't a Hummana-Hummana Airlines FA! Isn't one of the basic FA qualifications "Good Judgment / Common Sense"? Guess she thought that, now that she was on staff, it was HER airport!! L.M.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Pretty sure she wasn't ours. But the one the threw the kegger in the TSA office was.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my... Didn't hear about that one. Now aren't you glad I raised you to be a goody-two-shoes? L.M.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Aviatrix said...

That's ... the funniest runway incursion story I've ever heard. On the actual runway, not even along the apron?

I've gone running alongside a runway, in the far north, where there were no roads, just a runway, some workshops. a junkyard and a dormitory, with a fence around the whole thing (to keep out bears and wolves). Even there I didn't dare run on the runway itself.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Avi: count on an FA to surprise a pilot. We actually spend layovers in the hotel thinking up new dumb things to do. You knew that, didn't you?

11:34 PM  
Anonymous JennyJet said...

Phil, that was totally me. I'm training for another half marathon!! pffffffft, bwahaha kidding. But really, that wasn't one of ours was it? We have some winners for sure, but can't imagine one THAT dumb!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Jenny: I KNEW it. No seriously, it was one of ours. But then, it was one of our PILOTS that told me that, so take that as you will.
They get the bullet out of you yet? You know those things are made of lead.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous eponymous said...

Let's face it, runners are crazy. (Perhaps she thought it was after business hours?) Actually, it IS called a "runway," after all. (Duh.) I mean, I've never heard it called a "taxiway." (Yo, cabbie!) What would she do on an "airstrip?" (Much better term.) "Airport ramp?" (Yawn.) "Tarmac?" (That's just silly.) Honestly, I think Mr. Pilot was just yanking your chain. (They're such liars.) Was he sober?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

epo: Another punner... ha, that's all we need here, huh? I like your name; what are you named after, ha ha?

9:24 PM  

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