Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #225 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #225

Problem Solved by John W. Howell © 2019

“Hold on Sedgwick. Who appointed you a chief mechanic?”

“Well, I’m not saying I’m chief, but I know a hell of a lot more than you.”

“Oh, sure. Says the guy who forgot the locking bolts on the baggage hold hatch.”

“I didn’t forget them. They were just not deployed is all.”

“So you did that on purpose?”

“Not on purpose. It was an honest mistake.”

“Made by an incompetent.”

“Now you two need to stop. We must get this flight ready to depart. What seems to be the problem?”

“Mr. know it all here says this piece of baggage can’t be put on the plane.”

“Sedgewick is that true?”

“There’s no room. The plane is full and so it the baggage compartment.”

“So why not take it into the terminal and we’ll send it on the next flight?”

“The problem that Sedgewick refuses to recognize or discuss is that bag has all the emergency oxygen masks in it. and need to be on the plane.”

“Do tell. How is that possible?”

“Sedgewick removed them.”

“True Sedgewick?”

“Yes, ma’am it was time for their annual inspection, so I took them out.”

“Now, there is no time to put them back. Is that it?”

“That is it in a nutshell, ma’am.”

“Well, I think there is an easy solution.”

“Sedgewick and I would like to hear it, ma’am.”

“We’ll tell the pilot to stay below 10,000 feet, and there will be no need for the masks should an emergency occur.”

“He can do that?”

“Of course. The only problem will be when he approaches the Alps.”

“How tall are they, ma’am?”

“Fifteen thousand or so.”

“Can the folks hold their breath till they get over them?”

“You know Sedgewick. I thought you didn’t know much, but that is a perfect solution. Are we good here?”

“All good, ma’am.”

 

71 comments

  1. You display an uncannily credible understanding of the inner workings of budget airlines, John! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Keith. I always thought it would be a cool story to have the captain come out and pass the hat for a refuel on a return flight. 😁

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  2. Sounds like my last flight! Great job, John. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha ha. Mine too. Thanks, Jill.

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  3. I think I’ve heard of that airline.

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    1. I think I’ve flown on it. 😁

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  4. Good imagination as always. I could only come up with that man in blue saying, “Well – If I can’t take a turn driving this thing – then I’m not going! “

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    1. Excellent, GP. 😀

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Budget airlines are scary! Great job capturing the reasons for terror! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Gwen

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  6. Sometimes you just need someone who can think outside the box. At least they don’t have to get out and push over the high passes.

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    1. That is a good thing. Thanks, Craig.

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  7. Remind me not to fly this airline, LOL!
    Loved it, John!

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    1. So true, Mae. I don’t want to fly it either. 😁

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  8. A perfectly logical idea, right?

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    1. Oh sure. Thanks, Teri.

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  9. Uhhh… remind me which flight this is so I can avoid it?
    Too funny, John,

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    1. Flight 666 to hell.

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      1. Honestly.
        I’ll pass.

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  10. Buahahaha!

    And I get cranky when all they serve is pretzels!

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    1. I guess it could be worse for sure. 😊

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      1. I guess they’re hoping that the passengers will snap back to after passing out.

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      2. Sure cuts down on service requests for the flight attendants​.

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      3. And that HAS to count for something.

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      4. Happy flight attendents.

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      5. Equal happy passengers. Until said passengers pass out from oxygen deprivation.

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      6. I wonder if they’ll get a refund. I mean, if they don’t remember it . . it didn’t happen.

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      7. Sorry,​ no refunds.

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      8. I was afraid of that.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    That’s a flight I’d like to miss:)

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    1. We need to take a different airline for sure.

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  12. Ooh, I wouldn’t want to be on that flight! It takes the term “low budget” to a whole new level.

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    1. Any lower and the folks would be walking.

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      1. LOL!! You’re quick!! 😂

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  13. Oh, no!! I already hate flying!!

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    1. Fly on this airline and your fears will be well-founded​.

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      1. Not to add fuel to the fire, but I once worked with a retired Air Force air traffic controller who refused to fly because of his behind-the-scenes experience.

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      2. I believe it. I was once given IFR vectors by an Air Force controller that would have put me smack dab in the parking lot of a shopping center. Lucky for me when breaking out of the overcast all the lights made no sense so I took a go around. The controller said something about a different airplane. (Impossible)

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      3. Oh! So my colleague wasn’t being irrationally phobic after all.

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      4. Not from my experience.

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  14. Groan. We lived in New Guinea for a few years. The Air New Guinea service was referred to as T.A.N.G.F.U. Typical Air New Guinea F…U. I wasn’t afraid of flying until then. Great use of the prompt, John. Inhale and hold for the duration of the flight.😊

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    1. Ha ha ha. Can’t imagine.

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  15. Yikes, no wonder I dread flying! Holding your breath? Yeah, reasonable solution … not.

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  16. Hilarious, John. Did you ever fly World?

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    1. No. I never did.

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      1. It was like flying on a metal raft. 🙂

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      2. The plane rattled. And there was this thing that kept landing on the wing.

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      3. Reminds me of the Twilight Zone. Did the thing tear into the engine?

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      4. I don’t remember–but now that you mention it, the engine was all torn up

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      5. There you go. Twilight Zone for sure. https://youtu.be/ctHltBauGc8

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      6. 🙂 That’s one of the great episodes.

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  17. Smart people surround us, do they not? 🙂

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    1. Sometimes. 😂

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  18. I’m reasonably sure you didn’t make this up, John. That sounds way too plausible.

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    1. Totally made up.

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  19. If I ever see you on a plane I am boarding, John, I am getting right off again [giggle].

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    1. Hahaha. I’ll go with you.

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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  20. Oh Lord! I can just hear the panic now when the pilot comes on and tells the passengers to hold their breath! 🙂

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Jan

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  22. Love the twist at the end!

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