Uber driver ends up on a helicopter with customer when making a simple taxi journey
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A TikToking Uber driver ended up getting the ride of his life after one of his passengers offered him the opportunity to hop into a helicopter and fly around.
However, one of his customers turned the tables on him and offered him the chance to be the passenger for once, as well as giving the Uber driver his first flight in a helicopter.
Darren welcomed a passenger named Ed into his car for a taxi fare to Essendon Fields Airport and enjoyed a pleasant 30 minute ride.
Apparently this is one of the Uber driver's favourite destinations as there's always a good chance a customer looking for a ride to the airport will be 'going somewhere cool', and Darren discovered that Ed actually flies helicopters.
Nearing the airport, Ed asked his driver whether he'd been in a helicopter before and Darren said no, either because he'd never been in a helicopter before or because he'd sensed where the conversation was going and knew what saying no would mean.
With Ed saying 'I think we might have to change that' on the whole never-been-in-a-helicopter front, Darren initially thought he would be allowed to sit in the aircraft for a little while.
He said: "When Ed said this I just assumed that he was gonna invite me into the hangar, let me sit in a helicopter, maybe show me some cool stuff."
Instead he actually got the chance to go up, up and away into the skies as the passenger on a helicopter flight, joking to his pilot that he was really breaking the rules 'your parents teach you about avoiding strangers'.
We don't want to pour cold water on all of this by shouting 'stranger danger', but you should definitely be wary before hopping into a helicopter with someone you don't really know, though a ride in a helicopter does sound cool and Ed appeared to be a rather nice chap.
Anyhow, plenty of people thought Darren had scored a great experience, commenting that his airborne adventure was 'SO COOL'.
Someone else quipped that the taxi driver 'better have given him a 5 star rating', which is pretty fair considering he was offered a helicopter ride as a tip.
More praised Ed for offering the taxi driver such a good experience, saying 'everybody wants to have a friend like Ed'.
Another joked that the course of action Darren took, namely 'gets in flying deathtrap with stranger', was really breaking the advice to be wary of strange people.
Still, weighing it all up, if you're offered a ride in a helicopter you'd probably consider it.