On Monday, passengers booked on a Hong Kong Airlines flight to Beijing were subject to a hellish delay that one woman refused to take standing up.
The flight was scheduled to take off from the Hong Kong airport at 3:35 p.m. on Monday afternoon, taking 263 passengers to China’s capital, Headline Daily reports. However, by 4:00 p.m. it had not moved an inch on the tarmac. Flight crew allowed passengers to disembark, providing them with meal vouchers to tide them over while they waited.
Finally, at 8:30 p.m., passengers were allowed back on the plane. But, yet again, the plane failed to move. Tensions escalated inside the plane as passengers waited for an explanation as Monday turned into Tuesday with the plane still not taking to the air.
Apparently, the angry passengers made crew members nervous enough to call the police. Officers arrived on the plane to find the situation relatively orderly, apart from one poor woman who was sprawled out on the floor, refusing to move or get, pleading that she just wanted to go home.
After a while, police were able to convince the woman that life was worth living and to take her seat. The plane finally lifted off from the Hong Kong airport at 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, nearly 11 hours after it was originally scheduled to depart.
Hong Kong Airlines has apologized for the lengthy delay, blaming it on air traffic in Beijing which eventually forced the airline to switch flight crews with the original crew exceeding the maximum amount of time that they were allowed to work.
Meanwhile, the image of the middle-aged woman sprawled out on the floor has gone viral online with netizens telling her that they feel her pain. A report last year found that a whopping one-third of Chinese flights were delayed.
[Images via Headline Daily]
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