Plane passenger goes viral for documenting common occurrence of ‘rain’ inside cabin

  • A passenger has gone viral after getting rained on inside a plane cabin
  • The plane was en route to NYC
  • A steady stream of condensation mist from the vents drenched them

Published on May 20, 2024 at 6:42 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 21, 2024 at 3:26 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Passengers were left cold and wet after, what appeared to be rain, drenched them in the plane cabin during a flight to New York City, US.

The viral TikTok showed a fine condensation mist pouring from the vents for hours and filling the cabin of the passenger aircraft.

‘It appears to be raining in the cabin,’ the pilot said over the tannoy.

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Savannah Gowarty took to TikTok to share the experience aboard the JetBlue flight with her 22.8K followers.

And since posting four days ago, she’s amassed a massive 7.3 million likes.

She captioned the video: “Nothing better than being on a 4hr flight back to New York soaking wet and cold”

Gowarty’s face was dripping in water as she said: “What is this? Four-hour flight. So cold.”

Attempts to dry her overshirt on her armrest appeared to be unsuccessful.

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It seems that as climate change hots up, we will keep experiencing more extreme weather that, in turn, can affect travel.

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The comment section was filled with a mixed bag of reactions.

“Absolutely not!!! Would be requesting compensation!!”

“I hate being wet and cold. I’d be in full meltdown mode,” said another.

A third had a more positive take: “I don’t care as long as it’s COLD and not stuffy and hot.”

Others quipped how they’d feel being misted in their plane cabin seat: “Like a cucumber in the produce aisle,” someone else joked.

“Was someone playing Jumanji on the plane?!?!” said another.

While it looks bizarre, per the Federal Energy Management Program from the US Department of Energy, there’s a simple explanation – especially with planes flying from more humid locales.

When humid air comes into contact with the water condensing upon air-handling units and cooling coils, a mist is produced.

This usually occurs if the plane has been sitting at the gate for a while without the engines running, Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University meteorology professor, Christopher Hennon, told Fox.

Then, when the engines are turned on, as well as the air conditioning unit, any air near the vents becomes cold quickly and ‘saturated’.

It’s ‘pretty common’ for it to turn into a dense fog, he explained.

“I’ve been on several flights where I observed this,” he continued. “The condensation dissipates fairly quickly as the air inside the cabin becomes progressively drier.”

Supercar Blondie has contacted JetBlue for a comment.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.