interior of airplane with passengers

The voices over the PA system were not mechanical. They were human. Clear as day. And they were moaning in agony.

After the lead flight attendant announced that there was nothing to worry about, no one was hurt, Stephanie suggested the flight attendant and pilot were recently initiated into the mile-high club.

“It doesn’t sound like the pilot is in pleasure,” I said. “It sounds like he’s being murdered.”

She shrugged. “For some guys, they sound the same.”

When we landed, a pair of paramedics were waiting at the gate, a stretcher between them, and two officers clearing the way.

© 2022 Nortina Simmons

This story was inspired by a news segment I watched recently about strange moaning sounds on an American Airlines flight. The airline claimed it was mechanical failure. You tell me—what do you hear?


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