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What's the dumbest question you've been asked as a pilot?

scottn2flying

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I am just curious to find out what the dumbest question a passenger/ stranger has ever asked you while at the airport.
 

No Delay

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Answer:

What's the dumbest question you've been asked as a pilot?
 

scottn2flying

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It was only a question, because as a Flight instructor I get asked the dumbest questions sometimes about aviation. Reguarding things I am not even associated with like, security, layoffs, and etc..
 

TSA Pilot

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"I just talked to my mother in New Jersey and she said the weather is fine, its not raining. Why are we delayed?"
 

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Funny you should ask. I think it may have just happened yesterday. I was standing at an empty gate, looking at open time on the computer. An old woman came up to me and asked me if I knew where there was an ATM that would take (insert bank name) cards. I said, I'm sorry, I don't know, you may look in the food court, most ATMs will take other bank ATMs for a small surcharge.

She then launched into a long-winded story about how an ATM wouldn't take her card and that she really needed one from her bank. Did I know where one was?! I said no, I do not. She seemed kind of disgusted as she walked away.

For some reason, when you wear a pilot uniform, people think you have an encyclopedic knowledge about everything that goes on at the airport.

LAXSaabdude.
 

Flyingdutchman

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Q: are you old enough to fly ?

A: No, I have to be home before 10....

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Q: how do you know where we are ?

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Q: how do you know which switch to push ??

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ohh well, I don't care, I'll just keep smiling..
 

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This morning I had somebody ask me if I was ever going to fly "commercial" after my GF told her I was an airline pilot.:confused:

I think people brain lock as soon as they hear you're a pilot, much like they do when they set foot in an airport or on a plane.

While doing a Single engine taxi in BOS (BE1900) a few years back a passenger came up asking if we knew the left engine wasn't running. I was new so I thought it was funny but the Captain wasn't as amused.
 
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FL000

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What route do you fly?

Maybe not the dumbest, but it makes up for it in volume.
 

avl_pilot

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What?
"That's your car? I thought pilots made a lot of money?"
 

POKEY

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Have you ever flown the Space Shuttle? (an adult actually asked me this)
 

Flyingdutchman

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avl_pilot said:
"That's your car? I thought pilots made a lot of money?"
HAHHAHHHA I hear ya bro!! hang in there!!
 

LAXSaabdude

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FL000 said:
What route do you fly?
Love that question. Here's a good follow up I got one time....

My answer to original question: Well, it changes all the time. We fly to many different cities every week.

Follow up: Wow, really? I would think the airline would want to keep you on the same route so you could "get used to it"!

(thinking to myself) Yeah, like a trained rat in a maze, right?

LAXSaabdude.
 

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Q. How do you know where to go?
A. The company tells me where to go.
 

viper548

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Here's a stupid question a pax asked the FA: I went to the lav, so the FA goes into the flightdeck. I go back in and the FA comes out. The pax asked the FA if he was flying the plane while I was in the lav
 

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After looking at the solar reflective stuff we put up on the windshield to keep it from broiling a woman asked, "Did you guys fly here like that?" Her husband just started shaking his head and looking down got off the airplane as quickly as possible. I told her it helped us to keep up our instrument proficiency.

-PB
 
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