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#1 PuckMark


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:47 PM

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was flying from Grand Rapids to Charlotte, NC, with a layover in Cincinnati. After an uneventful flight to Cincy, I walked to my terminal for the connecting flight to Charlotte. I was just arriving at my gate, when all of a sudden, I heard the unnerving sound of screaming, and people yelling "LOOK OUT!!!" I don't think I need to tell you that this is NOT the sound you want to hear in the middle of an airport. Before I could even turn my head to see what was going on, I heard a tremendous crash that seemed to last for a few seconds. I quickly turned around to see the problem - an out-of-control Continental Airlines courtesy cart had careened into a bank of phones, sending them crashing to the ground.

Apparently, the man who was driving the cart momentarily forgot which pedal was the brake, and which one was the gas. You can see him getting out of the cart in the attached picture, which was taken approximately 10 minutes after the accident. For most of this 10 minutes, the poor driver just sat in the cart, with his hands still on the wheel. Thankfully, the family that was riding in the cart at the time was uninjured, and nobody walking in the terminal was hit, although many people just barely avoided getting run over.

In case you are wondering, I did what anyone would expect me to do in just such an emergency. I ran to the nearest store, and purchased a camera.


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 12:57 PM

oh my

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 01:02 PM

That's hilarious! Hang around an airport long enough, and you'll always see some crazy things.

Toledo, for example, is a hotbed for two-hand-touch football on the airline ramp during down times. It once led to this telephone exchange:

*Ring Ring*

Me: "FAA, Toledo Tower."

Guy: "Hey tower, this is (someone) with Comair. We lost our football on the terminal roof. Can you see it from up there?"

Me: "Must have been a heckuva throw. Let me check...ah, yes, there it is. That's really close to our roof access door. I'll have one of our guys on break go get it for ya."

Guy: "Aww, thanks man! Have a good one!"

Me: "Have fun! Talk to ya later."

Obviously, the impression that our jobs are 100% stress-filled is a misnomer. hehe.gif


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 01:34 PM

LOL, wow...

Luckily no one was hurt.


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Posted 06 July 2005 - 02:22 PM

PuckMark, you made the right decision getting a camera. That is damn funny thumbup.gif

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