Watch American Airlines Breakfast Carts Fall Over in Turbulence

It’s easy to forget incidents like Singapore Airlines SQ308 Singapore – London in mid-2013 where 11 passengers were injured and the plane’s ceiling was covered in coffee. Here are photos from that incident:

When the seat belt sign is on, wear your seat belt. When the seat belt sign is off, but you’re in your seat wear your seat belt.

This is video from an American Airlines flight from Miami to Buenos Aires in the past few days. American operates both a Boeing 777-200 and a Boeing 777-300ER. It appears to me this video is of the aft galley on a 777-300ER and there are premium economy breakfasts falling onto the ground.

With unexpected turbulence it appears that flight attendants didn’t have time to secure the carts in the galley. I’m betting no one onboard received any iSolve compensation for having to skip breakfast prior to arrival.

(HT: D.J.)

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  1. At least these carts were in the galley. About 30 years ago on a Continental flight from LA to Sydney the DC-10 hit bad turbulence approaching Australia. It was the worst turbulence I ever experienced. I’m sure worse happens. The FAs put the brakes on the carts and scrambled to their seats. Carts were in the aisles. I could see the carts becoming airborne by an inch or two on the biggest bumps. They remained upright. I don’t know if it has actually happened, but in really sever turbulence where people are hitting the ceiling (literally), airborne carts could do some real damage to people and the plane. There should be a way to secure carts to keep that from happening.

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