Welcome friends, my name is John Reitmeier and I've been so fortunate to have experienced a lot of travel starting back in 1972. It's time to put the memories in some sort of order, and to add text and pictures to share with our friends and the many listeners to our radio programs. Thanks for coming along on this ride!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Do you know what a PUPPY SHAKE IS?

I think this is one of the funniest flying events that I've ever heard of. I don't know if it goes from airline to airline, but I've been up close and seen it happen two different times now and both times the description came from the FA (flight attendant) not me!

Watch closely on long flights. There will always come a time, usually after dinner is served that folks will be doing a lot more stranger to stranger chatting, there will be lots of activity in the cabin, and the noise level gets higher than usual. All of a sudden the plane with bounce around a bit and the captain comes on and requests that everyone takes their seats that we're going to have just a bit of turbulence for the next minutes...nothing to worry about, but please sit down and it's Northwest's policy that when your're sitting that you keep your seatbelt fastened.

Notice that the turblence is alwasy sort of the same little shaking motion, that it doesn't last more than a few moments, but it does sit everyone down, and quiet everyone down, and get some tranquil situation going again where the FA's can walk through the aisles without to many blocades of peoples butts blocking their way. If you ever experience REAL TURBULENCE you'll immediately know the difference. So if you overhear an FA asking another, "Isn't it time for a puppy shake," or you hear an FA on the phone system asking for one, you'll know what's about to happen.

If you know what they call it on other airlines, please write me and let me know! We'll add it here!

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