I've gone from being a terrified passenger ( due to a bad bout of turbulence once) to a merely nervous one thanks to the " nervous passenger thread".
I have a control freak personality that needs to know what the slightest noise is when I'm flying. I've found a lot of info out on here. I don't feel so stupid about being a nervous passenger and have come to relaise that the Cabin Crew have seen worse than me
I've stopped thinking that the chimes I hear shortly after take off are a sign of impending doom.
But of course .. I think the first time I posted here it was to ask what was the very load noise shortly after takeoff on a BAE146. At the time I asked the cabin crew and was told that it was normal and not to worry - I wasn't worried, I was curious.. A quick post on here satisfied my curiousity .. This forum has answered hundreds of my questions (whether asked by me or not) and continues to be a fantastic source of information for any pax... great stuff!
The exam question ... "how has this forum impacted you when you fly?"
I've been flying in all sorts of aircraft for a lonnnnng time, up front and down the back. I'm not scared of flying, otherwise I wouldn't have got my licence!
But this forum, along with others on PPRuNe, has added additional refinements to what goes on the world of passenger-moving. Check-in, baggage, on-board service, tips on airlines and booking arrangements, why your meal isn't available, which seats to choose ... it goes on and on.
The strongest basic human instinct is fear, especially fear of uncertainty ... the "Fight or Flight" reaction. Being stuck in that tube for 8 hours or so isn't nice, regardless of which cabin you're in.
I have no basic 'fear' - being born is fatal.
But from reading this Forum, I have less uncertainty when I travel - the stress of the 'unknown' or 'WTF are they doing now?' is much reduced. That makes be a calmer, happier, passenger.
I'm a relative newbie to PPRuNe but a long term PAX and I just enjoy picking up some of the news / opinions from those in the industry. There's a lot of dross here too but from experiences on other forums it's pretty easy to spot the wind-up merchants and those who should engage brain before hitting the keyboard. I will say the management of the forum seems to be really good. Things work without hiccups and moderation is well handled. IMO. Keep up the good work.
I visit this forum every day (Jet Blast too) and one of the main things that I've benefitted from is knowing that other SLF have the same problems and fears as me - checkin, flight delays, turbulence etc.
It is a good source of information you would not fine anywhere else.....well maybe in another like-for-like forum For istance it made me to try different airlines, discovering new services I was unaware of and were (well they still are) better fit for purpose. Thank you guys!
I agree with F3G, there is a sense of community. Some folks roll in and then out and some of us loiter ...
But there is always something amusing to read, helpful comments and some good old fashioned Bølløçks!! I consider a visit here as an essential part of my day. I recently dropped out of another forum that I have participated in for many years because it is unmoderated (UseNet) and I got bored with people not helping other people.
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Reason: sorry about false link getting pasted in by mistake.
Sorry. There had to be at least one crew member blundering in and it's me I'm afraid, but I did ask permission first!
From my point of view, this part of the forum has given me an insider view from the perspective of passengers, especially regular fliers. As I've said before, I've changed the way I do certain things after reading some of the posts on here. I'll make PA's if the air conditioning is causing a mist in the cabin. I'm more aware of how long services take and how long you'd like them to take. I now have a fair idea of what drives the majority of you nuts and what you like and expect once onboard the aircraft. Plus, there's always the tips and hints from the other professionals that haunt these pages. In fact, just about the only thing it's failed to tell me is what you all like to be called! So, you'll know it's me on your aircraft if I approach you with, "So...erm...Mr Smith..Sir..My Love? How would you like your Vodka..ahem..cough...Mate?"
It's never going to be 100% perfect. I will have to do things that people don't like and I'll never please everyone all of the time. But if most people leave the aircraft with a smile most of the time, I'll be happy with that!
I originally signed up to try and get over a fear of flying i had bizarrely picked up after years of frequent flying - read up on everything technical I could understand, loved the community and hung around.
I can't imagine an Internet without PPRuNe now - it's an amazing source of information/flaming/genius .... reading Pilots debate the ins and outs of procedures fascinates me at times, plus the SLF forum gives me some perspective that it's not just me getting jaded with the whole flying thing
Oh, and I've now moved to Sydney and have no reason to moan anymore as flying domestic Qantas Sydney->Melbourne every week is a joy compared to Glasgow->London!
I used to be a nervous flyer, but reading posts in the Rumours and News section (ironically those about crashes and other mishaps) have actually helped me develop a better informed perspective of the real risks involved in flying. I'm now no more nervous getting on a plane than I am getting on a bus or a train. I will add that not being involved in the aviation industry I would never actually post in the Rumours and News section other than in the kind of exceptional circumstances that I hope will never happen.
I think all my posts have been made in this section of the forum, and I have received plenty of excellent help and advice both from people within the industry and fellow passengers.
I also hope that some of the occasional replies I've posted (based on my experience as a bargain-hunting passenger) have been of use to others!