I always thought onboard showers were reserved for first class A380 passengers on Emirates and Etihad, but I was proven wrong. What happens when the overhead panel starts leaking during taxi and takeoff? A shower.
As our Lufthansa A380 taxied out of the gate and toward the runway at LAX earlier this week, condensation (brown water) began to form and quickly drip around the reading lights in the overhead service unit in the row in front of me.
First, it was just a few trickles, but soon a steady stream of drips followed…like a leaky faucet. The passengers, especially the poor lady in the middle seat, were getting wet. They pressed the flight attendant call button, but because we were taking off their call was ignored.
Since the middle seat next to me was open, I handed them an extra blanket, which was used to absorb the drips. But the dripping continued for a good 10 minutes. Then it started in the row behind me as well. Somehow, my row, 84, was spared.
About five minutes after takeoff a FA came over, surveyed the damage, and summoned the purser. He showed up, explained it was just condensation from a change in humidity, ensured the passengers that the A380 would not crash, and walked away…
I knew the problem would correct itself and sure it enough it did. But I still think Lufthansa should have done more than shrug. Perhaps get some tape and tape the sick bags over the light switches and air vent?
But everyone survived…and eventually dried off.
I guess you can add Lufthansa to the list of A380s that offer onboard showers…though I’m sure I’d much rather experience one on Emirates or Etihad.