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Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

My VIP passenger showed up late for a two-hour flight. At 4,000 feet, we were halfway to the destination when he announced his bowels needed immediate attention and landing right now was not an option.

Me:
"Chicago Center, Five Eight Six Five Papa requests an immediate landing at Kankakee for a 10-minute stop, then continue with no change in flight plan."

ATC:
"What's the reason for the request, sir?"

Me:
"From the expression on his face, I'd say my passenger has his sphincter at max pucker. And the successful outcome of the effort is seriously in doubt."

ATC (after a long pause) :
"Six Five Papa, call me when airborne. And good luck to all!"

Ed Emanuel
West Bend, Wisconsin


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