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Published on Apr 28, 2009
Captain Vincent Lyons caused consternation among crew and passengers, when he insisted on moving a passenger from a window seat location on his full flight, so that he could get a good position from which to video the take off. Frustrated because his aircraft had been downsized from a 767 to a 757, due to mechanical problems, he decided that he would take some time out to make a video of the take off. Crew members tried to talk him out of doing this, but to no avail. To make matters worse, he had brought along a CD player, which he turned on loudly, shortly after take off, to provide background music for his video. Passengers seated nearby were irritated by the noise, but Captain Lyons paid no attention to their protests. As the flight was full, he directed a steward to reseat the passenger in his cockpit seat, beside the co-pilot, until he was finished videoing. When finished, he returned to the cockpit, thanked the co-pilot for taking care of the take off, and asked the distraught passenger to return to her seat. Later, the 84 year old lady was heard to remark, that having been in the cockpit seat, she could see that the captain would not been able to conveniently manage long zoom shots from there. In the cockpit, the captain remarked to the co-pilot that he had managed to get a shot of the Golden Gate bridge. The rest of flight EIEIO7 was uneventful.
None of this story is true, except for the bit about the plane being full due to a downsize from 767 to 757, but still a nice take off wasn't it, with a good view of beautiful San Francisco. The music in the background was added afterwards, performed by Vincent Lyons and Jens van de Ven! And a fine flight it was too, with a very professional crew in full control of proceedings.