Passengers on a small commuter plane are waiting for the flight to leave. They’re
getting a little impatient, but the airport staff has assured them that the pilots
will be there soon, and the flight can take off immediately after that.
The entrance opens, and two men walk up the aisle, dressed in pilots’ uniforms
— both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a seeing-eye dog, and the other
is tapping his way up the aisle with a cane.
Nervous laughter spreads though the cabin; but the men enter the cockpit, the
door closes, and the engines start up.
The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this
is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.
The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and people at the window realize
that they’re headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport territory.
As it begins to looks as though the plane will never take off, that it will plow
into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin — but at that moment, the plane
lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly,
and soon they have all retreated into their magazines, secure in the knowledge
that the plane is in good hands.
Up in the cockpit, the copilot turns to the pilot and says, “You know, Tony,
one of these days, they’re going to scream too late, and we’re all gonna die.”
– from the Humorama newsletter
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