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Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bing Bing, Bong Bong Bong (and repeat)

Old Aug 11, 14, 12:22 pm
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Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bing Bing, Bong Bong Bong (and repeat)

I've think I've read about this phenomenon on 767's on here before, but I've never experienced it myself.

On my SFO-LHR (747) flight home on Friday night, every time an announcement was made over the PA ended (flight deck crew or cabin crew) or when the seat-belt sign changed, a series of two-tone bings and bongs would start in the WT+ cabin.

It was consistent every time:

bing bong, bing bong, bing bong, for around 20 seconds, then around 20 seconds of bing, then around 20 seconds of bong, then back to the start again.

The first time it happened (shortly after take-off), it must have gone on for around 10 minutes (it felt like hours) with the cabin crew scrambling about, calling each other on the phones, trying to get it fixed.

The next few times, they got it fixed quicker, but it was never immediately and it always lasted a few minutes at least.

It must have happened around 7 or 8 times in total during the flight, including waking me twice from the little sleep I was getting when the seat-belt sign went on due to some turbulence.

I knew someone flying in CW on the flight and it did not happen in his cabin.

Has anyone heard of this before on a 747?

Is it worth complaining about my disrupted sleep to try get some Avios?
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Old Aug 11, 14, 12:26 pm
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So no BBB to fix it?
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Old Aug 11, 14, 12:33 pm
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I've had that on an SK flight before...albeit a continuous bing bong without any variation. It stopped happening of it's own accord after a little while.
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Old Aug 11, 14, 12:53 pm
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Thought this was an urgent call for Bing Bong Boy to return.
I have never had this on the B747, must have been very annoying.
I am sure the CSD would have logged it and hopefully no more BBBs.
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Old Aug 11, 14, 1:16 pm
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Didn't the short haul 767s used to have this problem before they were refurbished?
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Old Aug 11, 14, 2:04 pm
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I also thought you were trying to call BBB back. Must have been annoying.
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Old Aug 11, 14, 2:52 pm
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I also thought you were trying to call BBB back.

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Old Aug 11, 14, 3:00 pm
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I also thought you were trying to call BBB back. Must have been annoying.
+2 on that
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Old Aug 11, 14, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by layz View Post
So no BBB to fix it?
Originally Posted by Jenzo View Post
I also thought you were trying to call BBB back.
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Originally Posted by lorcancoyle View Post
+2 on that
Perhaps it was a sign! BBB, are you out there?
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Old Aug 11, 14, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
Perhaps it was a sign! BBB, are you out there?
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Old Aug 11, 14, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
I've think I've read about this phenomenon on 767's on here before, but I've never experienced it myself.

On my SFO-LHR (747) flight home on Friday night, every time an announcement was made over the PA ended (flight deck crew or cabin crew) or when the seat-belt sign changed, a series of two-tone bings and bongs would start in the WT+ cabin.

It was consistent every time:

bing bong, bing bong, bing bong, for around 20 seconds, then around 20 seconds of bing, then around 20 seconds of bong, then back to the start again.

The first time it happened (shortly after take-off), it must have gone on for around 10 minutes (it felt like hours) with the cabin crew scrambling about, calling each other on the phones, trying to get it fixed.

The next few times, they got it fixed quicker, but it was never immediately and it always lasted a few minutes at least.

It must have happened around 7 or 8 times in total during the flight, including waking me twice from the little sleep I was getting when the seat-belt sign went on due to some turbulence.

I knew someone flying in CW on the flight and it did not happen in his cabin.

Has anyone heard of this before on a 747?

Is it worth complaining about my disrupted sleep to try get some Avios?
Firstly, apologies for laughing but your description was so spot on we were able to feel that pain.

When I read your post I said to my husband that you probably needed the rama lama man to fix the problem but he correctly pointed out that that would have been a ding dong.

Picturing the scenario ... we have a rama lama man here but he can't help with your bing bong because he only does ding dongs.

Apologies again!

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Old Aug 12, 14, 1:20 am
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Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bong, Bing Bing Bing, Bong Bong Bong (and repeat)

Hopefully not the Bunga Bunga...
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Old Aug 12, 14, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by sigma421 View Post
Didn't the short haul 767s used to have this problem before they were refurbished?
Correct.

I haven't had that on a B767 for a long time now, so yes, it seems to have been sorted.

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Old Aug 12, 14, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by Fruitcake View Post
+3 (at least!)
+4 (we need him back)
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Old Aug 12, 14, 6:11 am
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I had something similar on an OF 747 to SFO in July. The result was the Cabin Crew reseting the audio and callbell system...it seemed to work as it didn't happen for the rest of the flight.
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