Saturday, 19 February 2011

164. All-time Favourite Jokes Series – Transcription of Air Traffic Control Chatter (10 of 12)

Scene:  The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that a KLM 747 listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."

Ground Control: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."

(The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. )

Ground Control: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."

Ground Control: (With quite arrogant impatience) "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"

Speedbird 206: (coolly)  “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark,… and I didn’t land.”


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