Passengers of an easyJet flight bound for London’s Gatwick Airport were stunned when they suddenly landed at another airport. Due to the delay, the flight missed its arrival at Gatwick, prompting the pilot to fly to another airport in the British capital. “We suppose it will take at least another hour here,” he suddenly sounded over the intercom. “Who wants to get off at London Luton already? Put your hand in the air.”
The 200 passengers on board were not thrilled with this question, but most of the weary travelers wanted to disembark, even though they would end up about 75 miles (75 miles) north than originally planned. “This must have been a joke,” says one of the pilot’s decision to leave it to the passengers where they want to land. “Leaves, rocks, and scissors might as well.”
But after “polling” among the passengers and the option to let them out, the misery did not end. “We were stuck on the plane for another two hours,” says the British press. “There was no bus to take us to the building due to the lack of staff.” Passengers’ baggage was also delayed. “After waiting for hours, our bags finally arrived. Then we were put in a taxi for the three-hour journey home.”
EasyJet confirms the accident in the British press, but defends the choice of the pilot. “Given London Luton’s proximity to Gatwick, passengers were warned that air traffic control clearance could take hours and were given the option to disembark,” a London spokesperson said. “We cannot change air traffic control decisions, but we apologize for the inconvenience,” he added.