Passengers traveling on American Airlines have reported hearing strange and unexplained moans over the intercom during the flight.
Film producer Emerson Collins caught the strange noises while flying from LA to Dallas on September 6 and sharing his footage on social media.
The video has since garnered millions of views on Twitter and TikTok.
The noises started before takeoff and continued while the plane was airborne, Mr Collins said The Washington Post.
In the video, which was posted to Mr Collins’ social media channels, noises ranged from moans and grunts to whoops.
“I swear it’s a prank,” a flight attendant told Mr Collins in the video.
At one point, a flight attendant spoke through the intercom and apologized for the “extremely irritating noise,” adding that the pilots are working to mitigate the issue.
As soon as she stops speaking, the sounds begin again, with one resembling a “ho!” resembles. followed by a guttural moan.
Mr Collins appeared to be pacing up and down the aisle trying unsuccessfully to figure out where the noise was coming from.
“I’m Nancy Drewing and I’m looking for that person who looks thoroughly amused with herself,” he said. “And of course I didn’t see anything.”
The Airbus A321 has landed safely in Dallas. Mr Collins said he found the incident amusing and that the flight crew had reassured passengers there was nothing to worry about.
“It was just a very modern form of immersive inflight entertainment,” he said.
When Mr Collins released the video, passengers on other American flights reported the same noises.
“It wasn’t the whole flight, but there were occasional odd phrases and noises. Then a huge ‘oh yes’ as we landed. We thought the pilot left his mic on,” Doug Boehner tweeted of his recent flight from Orlando to Dallas.
Another Twitter user claimed he and his wife experienced a similar phenomenon on an AA flight in July.
“To be clear, it was just sounds like moans and moans from someone in extreme pain. The crew said it had happened before and had no explanation.”
This was announced by a spokesman for American Airlines The Independent: “The PA systems on board our aircraft are hardwired and there is no external access.
“Following the initial report, our maintenance team thoroughly inspected the aircraft and PA system and determined that the noise was caused by a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier, which increases the volume of the PA system when the engines are running.”
“Our team is reviewing the additional reports,” they added.
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