After our short but nice visit to Texas, we headed back home. This is our our flight went:
Take Off: Normal
Leg Room: Fantastic- we were seated in an emergency exit row
In flight beverage: Normal H20 and square napkin
Initial Descend: Normal
Landing: Now here's the fun part. . .
We're about 50-100 feet from landing, and I'm getting ready to rate the landing (you know, on a scale of 1-10). As I'm looking out the window, I notice that we're starting to ascend back up into the air.
Now, since Brant will generally know what's going on in these kinds of situations, he just leaned over and said that its probably just windshear and we're having to go back up to loop around. So, after getting back up into the air, the captain comes on the speaker (a woman, which I thought was pretty cool) and explains that they didn't land because they weren't sure the the front landing gear was locked into place (thus, avoiding the possibility of basically landing, having the nose come down on itself and then skidding to a stop). She goes on to say that they now "believe" that the landing gear is locked and are going to try to land again, but "just in case" she asked the flight attendants to do another brief emergency landing demonstration to make sure everyone knows what to do if the landing gear doesn't hold.
I honestly think that the passengers were more calm than the flight attendants- the flight attendant for our section couldn't exactly remember the "crash position" that they wanted us all to be in when the plane landed "just in case" and was getting pretty flustered.
So after all the explanation of how to assume the crash position and how to get away from the plane as quickly as possible once we use the emergency exit, she comes by again an looks specifically at me. Remember how we were sitting in the emergency row with all that leg room? And who do you think was the one actually sitting right next to the door? You guessed it.
Now, I'm not one to panic (plus I've heard quite a few stories about the things that can go wrong from Brant), so when she looked directly at me and nervously asked if I was ok having to open the emergency door I just smiled and nodded my head yes (hello? didn't you ask me that once before we took off? Of course I can. and who wouldn't want to be the hero of the day by opening the emergency door? So I asked Brant to do it.)
So, here we go trying to land again...the back wheels hit the ground....and then ever so slowly we feel the front tire land.
Applause from the passengers here.
The emergency vehicles with lights flashing waiting in place for us while we landed "just in case" made it all the more exciting of an experience.
And after all that excitement, I was actually a little disappointed that I didn't get to this
In order to do this
Now wouldn't that have been an exciting photo- I even had my camera ready for it!
Alas, here I am back at home enjoying the summer night, cutting my coupons, and gearing up for another week of work.
I hope your weekend was exciting as mine.