@spacemart I didn’t see this myself, but my mom sat next to a guy who bought a seat for his cello. He was a big-shot, apparently, but nobody I’d heard of. He was happy to talk about the lineage of his baby.
@00 Did the records survive? I’ve had checked luggage ran over by those luggage train things TWICE, and countless bags smooshed, damaged, and all around beat to all hell. I can’t even imagine having had vinyls in my check-ins.
A Navy pilot I flew with owned an exotic pet store. We often would make flights to NOLA and come back with some very exotic animals for his shop. Made for some interesting flights to say the least. Generally mammals and reptiles don’t appreciate helicopter rides.
@TheCO2 I like to watch the SC2 stream of a guy called Maynarde on Twitch, and he is the biggest Tool fan I know. I took a dim view of them, based on their “reputation”, but knew nothing about their music. He plays them a lot on-stream, and I’m kind of seeing why people like them.
When i was in China, I saw a guy bring what is best described as a duffel bag, buy it was as big as basically the whole overhead bin. It was on one of the bigger planes, maybe a 777. I don’t remember. But the overhead bins are huge on the plane. He wouldn’t have even made it in on the plane with that huge bag anywhere but China.
As a musician, I always felt bad for my Tuba and (upright) Bass friends going to their auditions.
More adorable than cumbersome, but we were on a flight out of San Diego a couple years back, a caretaker from the zoo was travelling with baby wallabies.
@themutilator I’ve experienced a few stand-up bass players with their instruments on Southwest before…makes for some good entertainment, especially when one of the extremely white-trash passengers gets good and pissed off about it.
*Bonus entertainment if they get a good buzz going and start getting extra lippy.
A bunch of ladies going to a destination wedding. One GINORMOUS bride’s dress in a hanging bag and several huge bags for the bridesmaids. WTF… was it a Gone with the Wind themed wedding with hoop skirts or what…?
Hmm. If memory serves, it was probably the full-sized, heavily equipped Humvee. (It was on a military cargo plane if you haven’t guessed.) I spent the flight mentally checking on how the tie-downs were holding up since I was right in line with its path if it came loose. Getting run over by a Hummer while 25,000 feet in the air would be a silly way to die. I’d never live it down!
After my first semester at college on the west coast (against my parents’ vehement protests), I decided I was never moving back to DC (also against parental wishes). So every summer and winter break, I moved what I could in checked and carry-on baggage. When it came time to move my record collection, it was too heavy for checked baggage, so I carried on about 160-180lbs of records as carry-on: in a overstuffed roller bag, hiking backpack, and big tote disguised to look like a shopping bag from the airport. All together about 4 shelf-feet of old vinyl records. As a then-stringy 6’2" dude it was right at the limit of what I could carry and pretend it wasn’t a big deal. But when I boarded, the floor flexed noticeably as my almost-400-lbs walked down the center aisle of the plane, and the FA’s gave me a raft of shit. One of the overhead bins popped open a few times in flight. Still made it, but I’m convinced that’s what finally killed Braniff Airways.
@jespensc@UncleVinny I hear you… when I moved out of the place we lived in in Boulder CO I had about 6 feet of vinyl the lined the bottom of the 6ft tall bookcase. We moved that pile of vinyl several more times until it finally resided in our current house. During a set of renovations/expansions it spent some springtime out in my shop/barn and of course got flooded out. Ruined the covers, all the liners stuck to the disks, everything got moldy in the end… a real shit-show!
I was devastated for the longest time. If only it had been a few years later the technology to rip them to MP3 or WAV or something digital would have allowed me to keep the music at least.
This guys belly. I saw him coming down the aisle. I thought ‘Please, not the chair beside me!’ But. Nope. 13B…Here he is. He was Very friendly, and I made a friend on that flight. But I never saw that armrest ever again. That’s also when I learned that they have seatbelt extenders. And to always take the aisle seat. Still, Ole Sam was pretty cool to speak to. Here’s to you!
I did hand carry over 50 lbs of a couple of different listellos home from Chile one time years ago. I put it in a shoulder bag to carry on because:
It would have been way too expensive as extra luggage
I didn’t want the baggage handlers to make them into mosaics…
When I got to the xray scanner it showed as one giant dark block and the guy at the machine said “What’s in the box?”
I replied “Tile”.
He tried again…, “NO, what’s in the box…?”
Me, again “Tile… really”
Chilean “TSA” guy finally pulls me out of the line, opens the bag, cuts open the box and yells back to ‘scanner guy’ “hey… it’s tile…”
Me: “Told you…”
Used it to put the border on about 8 feet of master bath counter and 40 feet of kitchen counter. Looks great and made a cool story for when I show people the house.