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Airport Adventures: Readers Share Their Stories

The ask.

Storytelling is a collaborative effort. We asked readers, “What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you at the airport?” Tai Phillips answered with the most incredible story, so we had to share.

Get on stage.

After doing hair for a wedding in San Fransisco, my friends and I arrived at the airport for a flight back to Los Angeles via Southwest Airlines two hours early. To kill time, I decided to go to The Coffee Bean. As I was walking, I heard one of the ticket agents say “It’s Karaoke time! All singers come to the front desk for a chance to win a free voucher.” I chuckled and kept walking to The Coffee Bean, when suddenly my best friend of 20 years ran up to me and said, “Tai, you have to sing it will be fun.”

My two other friends agreed. So, I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.”

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When I arrived at the desk there were two other women waiting to sing, but we didn’t know what song yet. The ticket agents selected “Emotions” by Destiny’s Child, but no one knew the song well, and having heard the three of us sing together, one woman was eliminated.

At that point the ticket agent selected a song just for me: “Proud Mary.”

Since, I’m a Tina Turner fan, I was pumped. I knew that was a good pick. So I grabbed the mic and started singing. If I was going to win the voucher, I had to bring my A-game. I really showed out and it was all in fun.

My friends and all of the passengers laughed hysterically as I belted out the song and made my way though the waiting section giving everyone high fives. When I finished, I couldn’t stop laughing nor could I believe what I had just done. I won a $100 voucher and even though I was happy to have won, I was even happier to see that the passengers had just as much fun as I did.

This was by far the most exciting moment I’ve ever experienced at an airport.

Share with us.

We can only hope Tai’s experience was as epic as this YouTube clip we found of a man jamming out for his fellow delayed travelers from about a year ago.

If you have a story to share with us submit via the comments. We’d love to hear from you.


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