Weird Reasons For Aircraft Delays
Here is a round up of 13 ridiculous reasons for flight delays:
Reason #1: A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was forced to land at Belfast International Airport last year after an American passenger chased a cabin crew member down the aisle when she refused to serve him cheese and crackers, a Belfast court revealed this week.
The “agitated” 42-year-old reportedly demanding to know her name and was accused of endangering the safety of the flight.
The Californian passenger was said to have continued to cause disruption after the incident, refusing to comply with cabin crew requests and allegedly threatening a fellow passenger in a dispute over a food tray.
Reason #2: An Air India flight was once delayed by an hour after the pilot, Captain Smiriti Trehan, refused to fly. Her objection was due to the fact that the original Mumbai-Jodhpur-Delhi route had been altered by the airline, cutting out the stopover in Jodhpur. Not a problem, you’d assume. However, Trehan had already arranged for some of the city’s famous onion kachoris to be delivered to her at the airport while the plane waited. Angered by her employers’ inflexibility, she declined to take charge of the flight.
Reason #3: Amateur aviator Larry Walters famously built a flying machine in 1982 that consisted of a patio chair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He took flight, reaching an altitude of 15,000ft, before floating into controlled airspace above Los Angeles International Airport, causing widespread disruption to services.
Reason #4: In a widely disputed incident at the same airport, former President Bill Clinton allegedly delayed several departures so a stylist could finish cutting his hair cut on board Air Force One.© Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #5: An American Airlines flight from Dallas was delayed in 2012 after a flight attendant began “ranting” over the PA system that the plane had technical difficulties and was likely to crash. A colleague attempted to reassure passengers, who became understandably unnerved. The plane returned to the gate and the flight attendant was removed.
Reason #6: A Delta flight from Istanbul to New York was once diverted to Dublin after a passenger attempted to charge their mobile phone using the shaving socket in the aircraft’s lavatory. The device was discovered by staff, who feared it was a bomb.© Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #7: Another Delta flight from Minnesota to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in 2011 due to a broken toilet. The incident came to light after Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash, who was on board, tweeted about it. Another passenger told reporters: “It stunk… there was a flight attendant standing by the door asking people not to go number two.” The passenger responsible for the mishap was never found.
Reason #8: Two flights were cancelled in Australia in 2009 following scenes reminiscent of the cult movie Snakes on a Plane. A dozen Stimson’s pythons were being transported from Alice Springs to Melbourne on a Qantas flight, but when the plane landed it was discovered that four were missing. Despite an extensive search, the four creatures were never recovered.© Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #9: In April 2011, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy caused delays at New York’s La Guardia Airport after it broke free as it was being loaded onto a plane. Ground staff frantically chased the dog for 20 minutes before it was captured. A similar incident involving a whippet occurred at Manchester Airport later that year, delaying a dozen flights. © Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #10: A flight from Paris to Dublin was once delayed for two hours after Gerard Depardieu urinated on the floor. The plane had been waiting to take-off when the portly French actor demanded to use the loo. After cabin crew refused, he decided to go on the carpet. The jet was forced to return to the gate so staff could clean up. “You could tell he’d been drinking,” one passenger claimed.© Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #11: An easyJet flight to Geneva was once delayed for an hour-an-a-half after it was deemed too heavy to take off. A man on board claimed he and fellow passengers stumped up £400 in cash to convince four people to disembark, allowing it to fly.© Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #12: In 2009 a Continental flight from Houston to Columbus, Ohio, was delayed for an hour after a pair of otters escaped from the cargo hold. Passengers assumed cabin crew were joking when an announcement was made, until they saw the animals dashing across the tarmac. They were eventually captured and the plane was cleared for Tarka-off. © Provided by The Telegraph
Reason #13: Slow-moving turtles interrupted services at JFK Airport in 2011. The animals wandered onto the runway in search of their seasonal breeding grounds, shutting runway 4L for an hour. © Provided by The Telegraph