I have a couple old Denver Stapleton stories too. I posted some or all of these before but here goes again since they fit this topic.
UAL out of Stapleton to BWI, (think an L-1011?) parallel to another airliner, reached 30K nearing Kansas. FAs came out with carts to serve. All of a sudden my feet were in my ears and my kidneys were in my hair. Have no idea how far we dropped but the FAs went down and a cart spilled over. Thank god we all still had our seatbelts on. I think the FAs held on so they didn’t go up before they went down. At first I thought the pilot bumped yoke with knee lol because we also did a sharp 45 dive, but then I saw the 747 flying about 60 degrees across our path and I could see the faces of it’s passengers. I’m sure ATC was analyzed after that incident. Pilot silent but one by one passengers were tapping each others shoulders pointing out the other plane during a deafening silence.
Stapleton to ASE near New Years Eve 1988, United Express prop during rough winter turbulence. Four feet of snow the night before. Flight phobia passenger across aisle from me was shaking hands hard and almost in tears. I was praying. Felt like brick wall, drop, brick wall, drop all the way to ASE. Could almost feel mountain peaks scraping belly of prop because we had to fly so low to try to stay under the really bad stuff. Someone told me JFK Jr. was once on same flight just like that one and he said “never again.”
Stapleton to ASE, United Express prop starter failed. Not enough flights to change us over so we had to wait 4 hours for them to replace starter and we flew on same plane to ASE. Glad it started.
Departing OSH last year on CRJ, first passenger boarding became extremely irate since he somehow hid the size of his carry ons from ticket agent. Was attempting to board with TWO full sized carry-ons that won’t fit on an RJ plus an adult human sized stuffed animal. He was traveling alone. He refused to acknowledge FAs demand for him to check his stuff in so they demanded he step aside. Then he refused to step aside!! Suddenly there were about 5 or 6 TSAs etc. surrounding him. He came up to me (standing a few people back) and said “Miss, can you help me out and take one of mine on board with you?” I only had one tiny bag so guess I looked like I needed to carry more lol. I told him didn’t matter if I helped him or not, the bag wouldn’t fit on the plane. Finally he gave up as the TSAs were guarding him and we boarded. Saw him later on plane so they took his stuff from him and put it in the belly. I know what was on everyone’s mind because this gentleman was obviously from the middle east.
Departing SLC few years ago on AA CRJ400, backup air system failed, pilot refused to fly and waited for maintenance as I watched tons of snow pile up on wing outside my window. Delayed almost 2 hours but had to stay on the plane. Fortunately, they de-iced not at the gate, but just before takeoff on corner of runway.
Two years ago, DEN to ASE. ASE closed just prior to flight due to blizzard. Transferred to last flight into EGE, pilot changed jet to a prop. I looked at couple behind me and said “I prefer the jets.” Gal said, “Oh these props are no problem.” I said I know, I’ve been on them before, but both times now with bad weather." She said “oh you’ll be ok.” (p.s. flying almost never bothers me, in fact the more steep turns the better lol). Same thing - brick wall, fall, brick wall, fall. Been on smoother roller coasters. Completely IFR, total whiteout, fog and snow. Entire plane smelled of puke. Didn’t pray - said GOODBYE lol. Circled EGE 3 times before he could SEE runway, wings never level once. Landed through snowflakes size of your hand but on wheels down, prop fishtailed more than once and we almost went off runway. As plane slowed down to a roll, all were silent and recovering. Little girl broke silence and said, “Mommy, I threw up!” All the passengers broke into laughter. Ticket agent who I was filing lost luggage claim with (got it 2 days later) said “you know, your pilot was only one crazy enough to fly in here.”
Five feet of snow that night up at Snowmass.