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One of the 101 stories in the book Humorous Hassle

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR FLYING BEER?

 

Travelling on a small, 12-seat propeller plane from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in 1990, in the days leading up to Christmas when everyone just ‘wanted to get home’, we were made to wait anxiously for the plane to be de-iced before it could take off in a snow storm. On boarding, we were invited to take a can of Newcastle Brown ale from a cool box, just inside the cabin doorway. (Apparently, this was the only in-flight refreshment service.)

 

Approaching the runway at Aberdeen, in the same storm, we then ‘enjoyed’ our plane suddenly and violently veering off its flight path. Through the windscreen, we watched, with horror, an airliner loom unexpectedly in front of us.

 

Not all was lost, as this evasive action meant we benefited from a second pass over the city below, albeit at almost right angles to the ground. Of course, as we banked for the successful attempt at landing, the empty, or almost empty, beer cans went flying of their own accord!

 

On arrival, as we wiped ourselves down and left the plane, the pilot said calmly, ‘Phew that was a near miss.’

 

Descending the stairs and almost kissing the ground, we all agreed!

 

TWO OF THE NOTICES WE FEATURE are:

 

In an advertisement for a Swiss restaurant:

CHOOSING OUR WINES LEAVES YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR

 

On the room card in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur:

YOU ARE KINDLY INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID

 

We hope these examples and the story made you laugh and smile. So will the other humorous entries and 100 stories!

 

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