10 Stories of Surprising Moments on Airplanes

Air travel can be an exciting experience, but sometimes it can also be filled with surprises. Recently on an online platform, people have shared some shocking things they have seen while on flights.

1. Close Encounter: A Mig-23 Flying Beside the Plane

TABOR, CZECH REPUBLIC - CIRCA 1994: MiG-23 fighter at the air show in Tabor, Czech Republic.
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During a flight from Moscow to Kyiv in 1988 or 1989, a passenger looked out the window, surprised to see a MiG-23 fighter jet flying alongside their plane. The pilot was close enough to be seen clearly and appeared to be looking at them. The fighter jet stayed in that position for a minute before eventually banking away. The passenger, who had a keen interest in planes, believed the plane they were on was an IL-62m.

2. The Mystery of the Oxygen Mask: A Dramamine-induced Experience

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A passenger on a red-eye flight shared a bizarre experience where a woman collapsed in the middle of the aisle and hit the leg of a sleeping passenger. The individual was heavily medicated on Dramamine and didn't even realize it. The flight attendants immediately attended to the situation and placed an oxygen tank on the floor with a mask over the woman's mouth. Interestingly, when they woke up a few minutes later, the passenger was surprised that their hand was holding the oxygen mask.

3. In-Flight Barbecue: A Smoky Situation

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According to a witness, they once witnessed an unusual sight on a Gulf Air flight in the late 1980s. While in coach, a Pakistani family a few rows behind them lit up a barbecue. The family had a portable aluminum foil barbecue, resulting in a commotion as the flight attendants shouted. The unusual incident was a surprise to many on board the flight.

4. A Sweet Treat for the Crew: Hershey's Miniatures as Currency

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As per a traveler, their flight journey was nothing short of extraordinary. Upon entering the airplane, the traveler presented a bag of Hershey's Miniatures to the first steward they laid eyes on as a gracious gesture towards the crew. An avalanche of hospitality from the crew towards the passenger ensued, including complimentary headphones and a limitless supply of beverages. Despite numerous attempts to pay for the drinks, the steadfast steward refused to accept the payment, returning it to the passenger with a smile.

5. Where the Hell Are We Going? A Pilot's Oops Moment

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Picture this: you're buckled in, ready for takeoff, and the pilot's voice booms over the intercom, “Welcome aboard folks! We're leaving Cleveland and headed to… Ummm.” Suddenly, you're on the edge of your seat, wondering where you're going. Then, the pilot's voice drops slightly but is still loud enough for everyone to hear, and he mutters, “…where the hell are we going?” After an eternity of silence, the pilot recovers and announces the correct destination, Chicago. But the best part? Everyone on the flight found the pilot's little blunder hilarious and laughed. 

6. A Mysterious Business Proposal: The Scientologist on the Plane

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One unsuspecting passenger sat beside a man who later revealed himself to be a Scientologist. But things took a strange turn when the Scientologist began trying to recruit the passenger for a business venture without revealing any details about the nature of the business. After the odd conversation, the passenger felt utterly perplexed and uneasy. Who knows what kind of out-of-this-world business venture the Scientologist was trying to lure him into!

7. Unpleasant Surprise: An Autistic Man's In-flight Accident

ISTANBUL, TURKEY May 14, 2014: view in an airplane corridor
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 A passenger witnessed a bizarre incident that shocked everyone during their flight. An autistic man was seen walking up the aisle of the first-class section with his pants down, defecating as he moved forward. The situation left many passengers horrified and disgusted, while the flight attendants tried to handle the situation as quickly and discreetly as possible. It is unclear how the man got out of his seat and wandered the cabin, but the incident certainly left a lasting impression on everyone on board.

8. Solo Flight: An Erotic Fantasy on an Empty Plane

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During a journey from DC to Atlanta, a voyager encountered a singular event that left an indelible mark on their memory. To their surprise, despite its size, they were the sole occupant of a vast aircraft. The airline had conveyed the urgency of ferrying the plane to Atlanta at dawn, so they had gone ahead with the flight, even with only one passenger. The quality of service extended to the traveler was beyond compare, surpassing their wildest expectations. So much so that they even teased about fashioning an amazing fantasy out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

9. Doctor Oz to the Rescue: A Medical Emergency on Flight

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During a business flight to Chicago, a passenger witnessed a man passing out and hitting the floor near his seat. As people called for help, a man from first class emerged and offered his services as a doctor, calming everyone down. It was later revealed that the man was none other than Dr. Oz, who assessed the situation and provided aid like a pro. The incident left the witness in awe and wonder.

10. Inappropriate In-flight Entertainment: A Senior's Secret Stash of Porn Mags

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While journeying toward Japan, a passenger made an unexpected observation that took them aback. A senior gentleman seated next to his spouse had unearthed a substantial collection of adult magazines and spent countless hours perusing them. The onlooker was unsure if other travelers detected the occurrence, but it left them uneasy and bewildered. The fact that the elderly couple was traveling together added to the perplexity of the situation, leaving the witness with many unanswered questions.

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