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Passenger Revolt

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

From a thread on FlyerTalk, by regular reader TF:

I was in an RJ sitting on the tarmac in Richmond for an hour+ waiting for storms to die down. I'd been travelling for 40+ hours home from India (long story) and was now a 20 minute flight (3 hour drive) from home.Then the pilot came on and said that he was going to run out of flight time in 30 minutes and there were no pilots. Also, there were no stairways for RJ's available to deplane us. Finally, the airport staff had gone home and there were 40 jets in front of us waiting for when the staff came back and figure out how to get us out.I very politely informed him that in 30 minutes and 15 seconds I was going to open the door and leave. He informed me that they'd have to call security and I told him that after 40 hours on an aircraft a nice quite cell sounded fine. And besides, how did he intend to get off the plane himself?29 minutes later we left for RDU.

I was horrified, the next day, to think how close I'd come to getting arrested. I've been much cooler since.

Yea, verily, that is a stupid way to go to Federal (insert Office Space phrase here) Prison. But we can relate.


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  • At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Mary Jo said…

    It is frustrating, I agree.

    But put yourself in the shoes of the pilot for just a moment. He's running out of duty time (federally mandated), so you can guess his day didn't exactly go swell either.

  • At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very good point.

    No need for a passenger to harass a pilot!


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