While en-route from Hamburg, Germany to Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Glatterflug Flight 627 is caught in an electrical storm. Most of the cabin lights are off, and flashes of lightning illuminate the cabin area. Various passengers are speaking German and English. Elsewhere on the plane, a nervous-looking passenger cradles his head in his hands, his eyes wide. He sits back and takes a few breaths, then opening an attaché case and taking out an insulin pen, injects himself in the fleshy portion of his stomach. The man beside him tries to reassure him that the storm was nothing to worry about and offers him some gum. The nervous passenger declines, takes a few more breaths, unfastens his seat belt, and starts walking up the aisle.
A cabin attendant sees him and goes after him. Once she reaches him he stops and turns with a look of horror on his face - the skin on his face and hands seems to be decaying rapidly and dissolving. Unable to control himself, he vomits all over the hostess, who screams and turns to look at the other passengers. Everyone begins to panic as they realized their own flesh is degenerating as well. Another cabin attendant telephones the captain and reports a problem. The co-pilot opens the door to find out what is causing the noise from the cabin. He sees the passengers of the craft in their decaying state and stands in shock. The pilot asks him what is wrong while engaging the craft's auto-pilot system and turning to look at his co-pilot. The co-pilot turns as his own skin began to decay and lets out an agonized moan as the skin around the bottom of his face dissolves and his jaw falls off. The auto-pilot engaged, Flight 627 flies on through the storm.
Following the initial investigation of the events on the flight, the aircraft was destroyed by civil authorities.
- 6/27 is J.J. Abrams' birthday
- The jet itself has the Massive Dynamics logo.
- There are no non-stop flights from Hamburg to Boston.
- GlatterFlug seems to be a translation of "smooth flight" into German. In German, there is no idiom "glatter Flug"; you would talk about a "guter Flug" (good flight) instead.