We're strapped in, the crew has taken their seats for take-off, we've taxied out to the end of the runway and the flight ahead of us in the queue has just rumbled away into the distance. We start moving, we turn onto the runway and ........ a woman starts screaming hysterically about 5 rows behind me. She's genuinely screaming her lungs out - she's not just a nervous flyer, a bit alarmed. She's really screaming. The plane must be on fire, or another passnger is attacking her with an axe, or she's spotted someone attempting to ignite their shoes or underpants. Clearly we are all in deadly peril. Half the passengers are on their feet, two crew members rush down the aisle, the pilot aborts the take-off and we pull off to the side of the runway.
And two second's later it's all over. I can't hear the conversation behind me, but the crew return to their seats as if nothing had happened and there's only a brief delay before we pull back onto the runway and take off without as much as a squeak from the screaming passenger. She is silent and apparently perfectly calm throughout the 4 hour flight. No explanation was ever given and I'd actually forgotten all about it by the time we disembarked, so didn't ask the crew what had happened. But it was definitely my oddest experience on a flight to date. Anyone got any ideas, or had something similar happen to them?Edited: 01 August 2012, 12:47