Security Sweep for Swapped Plane

September 17, 2012

in Delay/Cancellation Stories

I know this is not necessarily a flight from hell, as most of it went pretty smoothly, but we did experience a delay that I found funny so I wanted to share.

I was flying from PHX to MSP, so it was a large plane and it was booked full. Boarding took quite a long time, as people sometimes seem pretty unaware of others around them and just take their sweet time.

We had just gotten everyone boarded when the flight attendant came on the intercom and announced that we would all have to get off the plane, and take everything with us. The plane we were originally supposed to be on had maintenance issues, so they had swapped planes. No big deal, except that this plane had come straight from the hangar, and apparently had to go through an extensive security sweep before we could board. The crew had not finished this sweep, but apparently no one had told the gate agents that before they let us all on the plane.

The sweep was finished in about twenty minutes, and then we had to go through the entire drawn-out boarding process again. All in all, we only ended up taking off about forty minutes late, and made up most of the time in the air. Not a terrible inconvenience, but certainly an odd story (and makes me wonder about procedure and communication if we were all allowed to board before the sweep was finished!).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kurt October 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

That’s not a flight from hell. I was once on a plane, and was mugged by the FA, then while in the loo, was tentacle violated by a toilet monster. Few hours later while over the ocean, the ghost of Aberham Lincoln kept lighting up a dube in then ext seat, and trying to perform his own commentary over the inflight movie. All, the while the plane kept mistaking the sky for the ocean. Now, that’s a flight from hell.


Hack October 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Kurt, I suppose you mean ABRAHAM Lincoln.


Nice September 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm

KURT they said it in the first sentence of the paragraph. FYI they don't care if its a flight from hell or not because they will post either


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