What if it happened to you? (Trapped in an Airplane)

The headline reads “47 trapped on ‘nightmare’ flight to the Twin Cities”, but you don’t have to get far into the story to know there’s wasn’t much ‘flight’ going on at all.

This is another story where an airline site on the tarmac for extended periods of time while the passengers are kept inside waiting.

From the story:

When Link Christin boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to the Twin Cities on Friday night, he expected to be on the ground in about three hours and ready for a comfy bed.

Instead, he was among 47 passengers who spent the night trapped inside a small airplane, parked at the Rochester airport, complete with crying babies and the aroma of over-used toilets.

The ExpressJet Airlines that operated the plane says the flight was diverted to Rochester because of Twin Cities thunderstorms, and that airline regulations prevented passengers from getting off the plane.

Christin is incredulous that the airline couldn’t figure out an option besides trapping passengers on the plane for nine hours

I have to admit, this is one of my only fears of flying. It happened to me one time on a flight to Atlanta where we couldn’t land because of storms and the plane actually ran out of fuel and was diverted to an army base in Birmingham. We refueled, and then they kept us for hours upon hours sitting on the tarmac.

I think we were supposed to arrive at MSP around 4pm and it was after midnight when we actuallly arrived.

It may just be my perception, but it seems like these types of delay have been becoming more and more frequent and some of the time it seems like an inconvenience and others it seems like a kidnapping.

What do you think?


1 Comment so far

  1. inkey41 on August 10th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    This is inexcusable, and it’s happening more and more. Besides making myself as obnoxious as possible while stuck in the airplane, I would sue them for keeping me a prisoner, while having the extreme nerve of making me pay for the experience. A lawsuit is something I almost never file, or even consider; but, for them, I would make an exception! I would also make it very clear that I will NEVER fly their air carrier again, and will encourage as many of my friends, relatives, and acquaintances as possible, to follow my lead!

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