Funny!!! Most Embarrassing Airport/Airplane Experience By Chris Buckle, Read

Chris Buckle: This was in 2011. I took a flight from London to Dubai. It was Qatar Airways so we had to change at Doha. The flight took off from Heathrow at 2200hrs, a night flight.
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I took my seat and started to drift off to sleep. I’ve been to Dubai before but only on Virgin so I had no idea what route Qatar Airways would take in fact I didn’t give it a thought. The hospitality on Qatar Airways is so good I just drifted off to sleep, couldn’t help myself.
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Most of the passengers were Arab, I was one of the few westerners.
It turned out that the flight passed somewhere near Mecca or I should say the lights of Mecca were able to be seen far off on the horizon. Apparently the captain announced this while I was asleep and he kept a countdown going of when the lights would be visible. This had the effect of exciting my fellow passengers of Arab origin.
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Finally the lights of Mecca became visible out of one of the windows on the starboard side.
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I was oblivious to this until the chant of Allah-u-Akbar went round the plane. I opened my eyes to the sight of twenty or so bearded men standing up near me shouting Allah-u-Akbar at the top of their voices. On a plane 30,000 feet up.
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I shot up from my seat, terrified. I got into a fighting stance and pushed a few of them back away from the cockpit. I wasn’t going to go down without a fight. I was frothing at the mouth shouting “who wants some” at the top of my voice and grabbing at anything I could use as a weapon.
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I suddenly became aware that they were backing away from me like I was some sort of lunatic. A couple of flight attendants were standing there telling me to calm down. I looked around the packed plane and saw people staring at me. My fellow western passengers were covering their faces with their palms and saying things like “he’s not with us.”
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I must have taken a full hour to be convinced that the plane wasn’t under attack. The stewardesses were holding my hand like I was aged about 6. The stewardesses on Qatar Airways are fantastic in fairness. I think they even gave me some sweets at one point.
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We got to Doha, I was getting some terrible looks from all of the passengers. We de-planed and I thought I’d seen the last of them. I went to the gate for the Dubai flight only to rejoin most of them again. I heard a western voice saying “The nutter’s back”.
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