Budget Air Travel

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated,  waiting for the cockpit crew to show up so they can get under way. The pilot and  co-pilot finally appear in the rear of the plane, and begin walking up to the  cockpit through the centre aisle. Both appear to be blind.  The pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he  stumbles down the aisle, and the co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have their  eyes covered with huge sunglasses. At first the passengers don't react, thinking  that it must be some sort of practical joke. However, after a few minutes the  engines start revving and the airplane starts moving. 

The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness, whispering among  themselves and looking desperately to the stewardesses for reassurance. Then the  airplane starts accelerating rapidly down the runway and people begin panicking.  Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end  of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical. Finally, when  the airplane has less than 20 feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in  the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once, and at the very last moment  the airplane lifts off and is airborne. 

Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot breathes a sigh of relief and turns to the  pilot: "You know, one of these days the passengers aren't going to scream, and  we're gonna get killed!" 



Last updated: 16 February, 2003 20:03