Years ago in
We had to see it. We just had to! After a margarita (or three), we left the bar we were in and walked down the
As creepy as that face was, it only took a dozen hot-wings and a few pounds of crawfish to sober up and stop believing in ghosts. I thought about the face though when I talked to a flight attendant last week on an Airbus A320. I was in the first row of the first class cabin and right after take off I heard a thumping noise. Now, my wife will tell you that I’m a little bit OCD when it comes to noises. The quickest way to get “under my skin” is to produce a constant beeping, buzzing, clanging, or thumping noise… especially if it has a random cadence or irregular rhythm. Therefore I was very quick to ask the attendant, “What’s that noise?”
“Oh,” she said, “That’s the Airbus ghost!” She went on to say, “All of the Airbus planes have a ghost of some sort that makes a bunch of noise. Some flight attendants won’t fly on them.” I laughed and said, “No, seriously…”
She explained that the regular flying fleet of Airbuses has aged differently than the Boeings or other planes in the fleet. While she still believes them airworthy, she says they’re the most cantankerous noise producers of all of the planes, hands down. “This particular plane thumps; I’ve been on it before. The maintenance crews have taken the galley all the way apart and they didn’t find anything unusual. After we’re at full pressure at 10,000 feet, it will stop.”
She was right, it did! I guess ghosts don’t like pressurized cabins (or heights). At any rate; if you’re a bit of a nervous flier, you might want to be aware that while the airlines are working very hard to make sure the fleet is truly airworthy (we hope, at least), they’re not spending a ton of dough on the coach-work. Seats are torn, paneling is loose, windows are a bit opaque and scratched, carpet is worn, etc, AND… the plane might actually be haunted, you never know!
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