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    Allow me a grapevinian ramble:

    I saw another airplane traveling perpendicular to our direction while at cruising altitude on a recent flight. It was sort of mind blowing to see how fast it was traveling. I don't fly all that much, and when I do I usually get the aisle, so it was the first time i'd ever seen another airplane while flying.

    I wish I could estimate how far away it was, but without anything to provide perspective, I have no idea. It was close enough that I could easily read the southwest on the tail of the plane, though. It seemed pretty close, quite frankly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Allow me a grapevinian ramble:

    I saw another airplane traveling perpendicular to our direction while at cruising altitude on a recent flight. It was sort of mind blowing to see how fast it was traveling. I don't fly all that much, and when I do I usually get the aisle, so it was the first time i'd ever seen another airplane while flying.

    I wish I could estimate how far away it was, but without anything to provide perspective, I have no idea. It was close enough that I could easily read the southwest on the tail of the plane, though. It seemed pretty close, quite frankly.
    Are you sure that's what you mean? What kind of aircraft was it, a rocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Are you sure that's what you mean? What kind of aircraft was it, a rocket?
    What do you think he means by "perpendicular"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Are you sure that's what you mean? What kind of aircraft was it, a rocket?
    I am pretty sure that's exactly what I mean. Your limited grasp of geometry is not surprising, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost_Student View Post
    What do you think he means by "perpendicular"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    I am pretty sure that's exactly what I mean. Your limited grasp of geometry is not surprising, however.
    Geometry is overrated.

    Was it in front of you then? How much higher/lower? It seems totally crazy that flights with dissecting paths would be allowed to fly so close to each other (in terms of time).
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Geometry is overrated.

    Was it in front of you then? How much higher/lower? It seems totally crazy that flights with dissecting paths would be allowed to fly so close to each other (in terms of time).
    I'll take this question as a tacit abandonment of your "perpendicular" silliness. Now that it's out of the way, I will agree that it seems totally crazy that flights with dissecting paths would pass that closely. If pressed for an estimate, I would estimate the airplane was approximately 1000'-1200' below us. As I said, I could clearly read the "Southwest" on the tail fin (or whatever that's called--aeronautics are overrated).
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    Yeah, that's no problem. They're required to maintain at least 1000 ft vertical separation up to 29,000 ft altitude, and 2000 ft vertical separation above that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separat...raffic_control)

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    I was once in a single-engine Cessna at about 5,000 feet and saw a Southwest 737 that was 2-3 miles away, but at the same altitude, on approach to a landing. The contrast between that jet's speed and ours was pretty impressive.
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    I would like to add male flight attendants and female flight attendants over the age of forty on this list of stuff I don't want to see while flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Is that for Shatner or the gremlin on the wing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCcoug View Post
    Is that for Shatner or the gremlin on the wing?
    Any form of shat on a plane is something I'd rather not see.

    Gremlins, too.

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    We took a trip down to the Big Easy on Thursday. We ended up circling the airport for about an hour trying to come in for a landing multiple times. I saw a smaller airplane that I'm sure violated the rules for space and distance on our first go around. Turns out there was a tornado that touched down in New Orleans at this same time. We eventually diverted to Baton Rouge. I've never seen anything like it.

    Glad we flew back yesterday instead of this morning. Otherwise the Delta computers would have messed us up.

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    Bro, as handy a place as that may be to store your phone, I don’t want to see it. And I don’t want to see those thighs or those gnarly toes either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post


    Bro, as handy a place as that may be to store your phone, I don’t want to see it. And I don’t want to see those thighs or those gnarly toes either.
    That is a muscle my legs were not provided.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    That is a muscle my legs were not provided.


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