Mechanical issues blamed for American Airlines flight moaning intercom


A moaning intercom on an American Airlines flight has given new meaning to the mile high club after one passenger likened the bizarre sound to ‘somewhere between an orgasm and vomiting.’

The strange cacophony sounded across the intercom of a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas earlier this month and was documented by actor Emerson Collins who posted a hilarious video of the incident on Twitter.

Collins said that the mystery sounds started before takeoff and despite efforts from flight crew persisted throughout the entire journey.

‘Someone on this flight seems to have broken into the intercom system and continues to make a sound that is somewhere between an orgasm and vomiting,’ Collins said.

The noises, shrouded in mystery, had flight crew perplexed with one attendant speaking over the intercom in the video reassuring passengers that they were looking into the issue.

‘Ladies and gentleman we realize there is an extremely irritating sound coming over the public announcements,’ she said.

A video was uploaded to Twitter by actor Emerson Collins (pictured) documenting mysterious sounds coming from the intercom system of an American Airlines flight

In the video you can see Collins questioning where the sounds are coming from while perplexed flight crew are heard trying to unravel the mystery of the 'irritating sounds'

In the video you can see Collins questioning where the sounds are coming from while perplexed flight crew are heard trying to unravel the mystery of the ‘irritating sounds’ 

American Airlines have blamed a technical issue in the public announcement system, while passengers of different flights say they've also experienced the bizarre anomaly

American Airlines have blamed a technical issue in the public announcement system, while passengers of different flights say they’ve also experienced the bizarre anomaly 

‘The flight deck is trying to troubleshoot trying to turn it off so please be patient with us we know this is a very odd anomaly and none of us are enjoying it.

‘So we do appreciate your attention just for a few more moments until we figure out how to turn it off.’

Collins who documented the entire journey to Dallas, ends the video disappointed that there hadn’t been a ‘landing climax.’

‘We just landed I really thought it was going to happen at touch down.’

While Collins was convinced the sounds were that of a human being, others speculated the ghoulish groans could be otherworldly.

One Twitter user said: ‘A ghost in the machine? Did you look out onto the wings, just to be sure?’

Some passengers took to social media claiming the sounds were otherworldly

Some passengers took to social media claiming the sounds were otherworldly 

Passengers on different flights said the sound was similar to what it would sound like if someone was in 'extreme pain'

Passengers on different flights said the sound was similar to what it would sound like if someone was in ‘extreme pain’

Others heard 'weird phrases' on their flights and blamed the pilot for leaving his mic open

Others heard ‘weird phrases’ on their flights and blamed the pilot for leaving his mic open

Many have agreed that the sound which seems to persist the entire flight is hilarious and unsettling

Many have agreed that the sound which seems to persist the entire flight is hilarious and unsettling

Collins told Washington Post if this is the case, ‘the ghost in the machine has a hilarious sense of humor.’

‘The comedic timing of the sounds seemed entirely too planned to be able to just be some technical glitch. But honestly, I have no idea.’

Others seeing the video which garnered, 1.2 million views, raised that the incident hadn’t been isolated to the LA to Dallas flight.

One Twitter user said: ‘My wife and I experienced this during an AA flight in July. To be clear, it was just sounds like the moans and groans of someone in extreme pain.

‘The crew said that it had happened before, and had no explanation. Occurred briefly 3 or 4 times early in the flight, then stopped.’

The video uploaded by Collins shows the actor/producer laughing at the mysterious groans

The video uploaded by Collins shows the actor/producer laughing at the mysterious groans

Another passengers is seen miming to Collins to figure out what is happening on their flight between Los Angeles and Dallas

Another passengers is seen miming to Collins to figure out what is happening on their flight between Los Angeles and Dallas

The flight crew were unable to come up with a reason for the noises leaving the incident shrouded in mystery at the time of the flight

The flight crew were unable to come up with a reason for the noises leaving the incident shrouded in mystery at the time of the flight

Collins ends the video disappointed the sound did not make it to completion when the plane landed

Collins ends the video disappointed the sound did not make it to completion when the plane landed

Another Twitter user said: ‘It happened on my flight August 5 from JFK to LAX and it was an older A321 that I was on.

‘It was Flight 117. There was flight crew that was on the same plane a couple days earlier and the same thing happened. It was funny and unsettling.

American Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Jantz told Washington Post that the incident was a ‘mechanical issue’ adding in the statement that the intercom system on the airline is hardwired without any external access or WIFI components.

‘Following the initial report, our maintenance team thoroughly inspected the aircraft and the PA system and determined the sounds were caused by a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier, which raises the volume of the PA system when the engines are running,’ she said.

‘The first report the airline received was the Sept. 18 Santa Ana-Dallas flight. Our team is reviewing the additional reports.’ 



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