They didn't want to announce the urgency
Do you feel totally comfortable when you’re taking to the skies? Or are you one of those people who white knuckle your arm rests until you land? If you really can’t stand flying, then click away now; you don’t want to know how frequently engines are affected by mishaps and how close you may have already come to crashing right down.
I used to do scenic flights out of a smaller airport. I had a total engine failure after takeoff one time in a single engine aircraft. Over the end of the runway the engine completely stopped. I was lucky enough to be at an airfield where I was able to make a small turn to land in a large enough field ahead. Once on the ground my foreign passengers (it was a 4 seater) casually asked “The flight is over already?”
It could have easily ended in total disaster. (pitapitisgood)
A colleague of mine was flying with a Captain who couldn’t stop giggling since he got onboard his 737. Only when they were cruising that the Captain took out a yellow live baby duck from his flight bag. Couldn’t believe the story but the dude recorded a video of the little duck chilling in the sun on top of the mode control panel! (RedditGotWings)
I used to do contract maintenance work on aircraft, and once a bunch of us were returning from a job in Germany. The plane was a scheduled flight on a small turbo-prop aircraft, and it was a BUMPY flight.
The turbulence started to get so bad that I was getting nervous. Nobody except the flight crew were allowed to unfasten their seatbelts, and even they were being thrown about as they tried to move around. It was by far the worst flight I have been on.
One of the stewardesses made her way to one of my colleagues sitting across the aisle, and said, in a hushed tone “Excuse me sir, is it true that you guys are aircraft engineers? We have a slight problem out the back, and thought you might be able to help.”
I honestly thought we were going to die. Sure enough my colleague went off with the stewardess and disappeared through the door out of the cabin. 10 minutes later he was back, and of course we were keen to know what the problem was and if he was able to do anything about it.
The “problem” turned out to be a ratchet strap on one of the cupboard doors in the galley was jammed so they couldn’t get the snacks out! The flight continued to be horrible, and the snacks were predictably crap. (gnorty)