Food Cart Raided After Passengers are Stranded

July 2, 2011

in Delay/Cancellation Stories

While not as hellish as some of the other stories here, I did have a miserable flight.

Flew from Dulles to Logan one weekend a few years ago for the high school reunion. Normally, the flight is a tad bit over an hour, so I foolishly assumed that a 2:30pm flight with no checked in luggage would allow me to get to the kick-off dinner which started at 7pm with no problems. (Insert laughter here.)

We taxied out to the runway, just to be pulled over to the side due to some computer issue. Sat there for an hour; they wheeled us back to the terminal, but wouldn’t let anyone off the plane. We sat at least another hour. Roughly around 5pm the flight attendants were told that they had to leave the plane, but the passengers had to stay on.

Did anyone really think it was that smart to leave a bunch of less than unhappy people (most of whom probably would have reached their final Boston destination) alone on a plane that seemed like it was going nowhere?Those with cell phones were trying to see if they could get other flights. Everything seemed to either have already left, or was fully booked.

At one point one of the passengers raided the food truck to see if there was food and passed out whatever liquids she could get her hands on. No food to be found. However, several people happily took the little wine bottles.

Maybe 30 minutes later a new flight crew came onboard. Wisely, they didn’t say anything about the raided food cart and someone found some energy bars which got passed out to people. Around 6:30 we finally got into the air. My new captain could not stop apologizing.

I think that the biggest kicker for me (not that she gave me any reason to complain), was my neighbor on the flight told whoever she was talking to on her phone, “I have HAD to be on my cell this whole time.” Conference call? Nope. Clearly the latest gossip in her life.

No idea who missed connections, I was just glad to be off that plane so I didn’t bother to see if I could get some compensation for the miserable trip. Fortunately the flight back was without any event.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Peace Lover July 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

This reminds me of what I do in hotel rooms. I always snatch just about everything that is not nailed to the floor and come back home with everything from soap, shampoo, toilet paper etc. Hey when you pay these prices I believe you have the right to take some of the room home with you!


The Teenaged Tourist July 5, 2011 at 8:08 am

You're not the only one. My most exotic one was bottles of Grape flavoured shampoo from my 4 Star hotel in Pyongyang!


RedHead July 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Grape flavored shampoo? Never thought of eating shampoo before, lol.


Jo Jo July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

the FAA should be contacted as no passengers are allowed to be onboard without a set number a flight attendants in case of emergency.


Sean July 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Exactly! I am a flight attendant and if this happened the entire crew would be fired & fined by the FAA! No airline scheduler would direct the crew to leave the airplane with passengers on board! Even if they did, the gate agent would not allow this! I can't even step off the airplane to help a passenger in a wheelchair make it up the stairs. So many gate agents won't even let us board without an takeoff time. If we return to the gate with an unknown departure, the PAX are off the plane immediately! The crew isn't getting paid when the door is open, and we don't want to hear passengers whining! We're actually MUCH happier to have them deplane and get something to eat.

This story is FAKE! BOGUS! NOT REAL!


Tilikum July 14, 2011 at 1:15 am

I take the little soaps home naughty little me hee hee


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