A video clip chronicling the group of strange noises that the passengers were exposed to recently American Airlines The journey asks more questions than answers for online viewers.
It starts with what sounds like a series of agonizing groans before moving on to more melancholy voices and a few high-pitched squeaks.
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In the American Airlines video, the sounds are made from a teenage prank, but the man who recorded the clip, the film’s producer and director Emerson Collins, and the airline itself have all said that’s simply not the case.
In a video uploaded to him tik tok And the Twitter Narratives, Collins shows some of the voices she carries during a nearly three-hour flight From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) In California to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.
Described by Collins as “the strangest ride ever,” many voices can be heard during the two-minute video. “It looks like someone on this flight has broken into the intercom and keeps making a sound somewhere between euphoria and vomiting,” Collins says in the video. You can listen to it over here.
A flight attendant can then be heard over the intercom telling passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are aware that there is a very disturbing sound coming from the public advertising system.”
The cabin crew were trying to “troubleshoot” and turn off the noise, but urged the passengers to be patient, while saying it was a “very strange anomaly” and no one was “enjoying it”.
Unfortunately, according to Collins, The noise persisted throughout the flight And it even seemed to develop into sounds like honking, sneezing, and yawning, and at one moment Collins was in stitches, squeaking.
“Now they’re getting creative,” he says in the video, then cuts the footage into what looks like someone forcefully gurgling at the intercom.
A passing flight attendant told Collins that she definitely “a prankThe captain’s voice can be heard growing increasingly frustrated with the constant noise.
Collins says it can’t be a joke By a passenger on the planeHe wrote in the comments section that he “walked back and forth down the corridor over and over” looking for suspects and was even “checking the bathrooms”.
One viewer wrote: “If someone was on the plane, wouldn’t the people around them hear them making noises?”
Another wrote: “I wonder if they pre-recorded the whining and did it from the plane legitimately or hacked from the ground.”
One follower commented: “I’m sorry. But whoever did this is a comic genius. I’m dying” while another wrote: “Someone on that trip was so proud of themselves. I think their commitment was flagged? I don’t know how they weren’t laughing like crazy.”
Another passenger on a different trip shared a similar experience with Los Angeles Times, said Bradley B. Allen told the newspaper that he heard similar noises during a flight from JFK to Los Angeles in July.
Although it was less frequent, Allen said it was enough for passengers on the plane to be stunned: “With all the cultural allusions to things like gremlins on plane wings or snakes on board, or whatever, we’re all kind of prepared For crazy and annoying things that happen on an airplane like that. And it kind of fits that bill.”
Despite allegations of a possible intrusion into the systems on board, Sarah Gantz, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said: NEWSWEEK: “There is no Wi-Fi component for our PA systems.
“The PA systems on board our aircraft are interconnected and there is no external access,” Gantz said. “Following the initial report, our maintenance team thoroughly examined the aircraft and the PA system and determined that the sounds were due to a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier, which raises the volume of the PA system while the engines are running. Our team is reviewing additional reports.”
NEWSWEEK Contact Emerson Collins for comment.