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We sit shoulder to shoulder in the cramped cabin, buckled into our tiny spaces.

A crew member goes through the emergency procedure, her arms shooting forward then out the sides. A group of young men, already in the party spirit yell ‘I must, I must, must improve my bust!’

Businessmen sit reading, ignoring. They’ve seen it so many times. Three nuns listen attentively, fiddling with their Rosary beads. A child struggles and shrieks, attempting to make a break for freedom

A honeymoon couple, oblivious to the stewardesses dire warnings gazes into each other’s eyes. An elderly man fiddles with his hearing aid and shouts to his wife’s embarrassment ‘she’s mumbling’

Another demonstration ends. She packs away her kit and takes her seat for yet another takeoff.

Some continue reading, others probe under their seats to ensure they do have a safety jacket. The nuns stare ahead and the child gives up its struggle. The old chaps hearing aid whistles and the lads shout for drinks. The loving couple havn’t moved an inch.


Words 172


photo-20180604154619038For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers where the photo s provided by Yarnspinnerr

25 thoughts on “FFfAW

  1. James Jun 5, 2018 / 10:47

    For as many times as nuns have been depicted on airliners, I’ve never seen one in my travels.

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    • Emily Bloomquist Jun 10, 2018 / 21:45

      Fly into Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. You’ll likely see some in either one. Perhaps all over South America – I’m not sure. I do see them more often on domestic Ecuador flights than on international flights so perhaps they dress differently when traveling internationally? Hmmm…

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  2. Denise Jun 5, 2018 / 11:15

    Oh, The Flying Nuns. Now we get to watch, or not watch, on our personal screens.

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  3. Iain Kelly Jun 5, 2018 / 13:37

    I sometimes wonder why they bother with these demonstrations anymore, no one pays the slightest bit of attention to them and in the event of a crash, we all know our chances are slim!

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  4. yarnspinnerr Jun 5, 2018 / 13:55

    I agree with IK. Probably some rules by the aviation regulatory authorities – but it is time certain modifications are made to the practice. Loved your take on this.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 6, 2018 / 09:51

      I’m a frequent flyer on Emirates and theirs is now on screen, so it’s not so obvious you are ignoring it! Cheers YS

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  5. Woman walking Max Jun 5, 2018 / 17:45

    Love the careful observation of your story Keith. Very visual, and so recognisable. I think that even passengers who pay attention still wouldn’t know ‘the brace position’.

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  6. hilarymb Jun 5, 2018 / 18:38

    Hi Keith – the thought of those sorts of plane trips horrifies me … I am getting elderly! Perhaps the need for a hearing aid is due – so I can block the noise out … I certainly don’t need it or them! Bust improver … some need them! Cheers H

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  7. Mike Jun 5, 2018 / 23:27

    Lovely bit of observation, You have reminded me of why I just do not like flying.

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  8. Priceless Joy Jun 6, 2018 / 00:49

    Hahahaha! That is pretty much what happens when the stewardess gives her beginning of flight safety spill. Great story!

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  9. Akshata Ram Jun 6, 2018 / 06:40

    no one pays attention to these demonstrations , I can imagine the plight of the air hostesses

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  10. shivamt25 Jun 6, 2018 / 16:23

    That’s true! No one pays attention to the demonstrations. Nice depiction of varied characters.

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