Loose Ceiling Panel
My son and I are flying to Stockholm from Las Vegas via Chicago and London on United. This morning we boarded our first flight from LAS-ORD which was on a 737-900. This is a relatively new plane and it even features the “mood lighting” that Boeing loves to advertise as a feature of their newer aircraft.
Anyway, shortly after takeoff (just before we hit 10,000 feet mark) the ceiling panel in the forward galley came loose. One side of it stuck into the ceiling and the other side came crashing down. We were seated in row 2 and saw the entire thing. If someone had been walking in that area they would have been seriously injured. It swung down with an incredible amount of force.
Thankfully this happened while everyone was still seated and no one was hurt. Unfortunately it did have an effect on the rest of the flight as the purser decided no one in first class was to be served until it was fixed somehow. We spent the next 90 minutes watching them talk and stare at the panel and no one bothered to tell us why we weren’t being served.
Whether or not this was a safety issue that should have prevented the basic service of even water is debatable, but watching the panel crash down like that was definitely the craziest and scariest thing I have seen while flying. I know some people have experienced bone chilling turbulence and others have been on flights with serious mechanical issues, but I guess I have been relatively lucky. Thankfully I didn’t have to witness that panel smacking someone in the face.
Have you ever seen anything like this? What is the scariest thing you have encountered while flying? Let me know in the comments.