On Saturday March 13, 2010 passengers on a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to New York spent more than six hours stranded on a tarmac, received little food or water, and had to take the last leg of their journey by bus – arriving some 14 hours after they departed.
The flight left Los Angeles International Airport about 20 minutes late. As it neared New York, John F. Kennedy Airport was experiencing dangerously strong winds of 60 mph or more and the plane was forced to divert to Stewart International Airport, about 70 miles northwest of the city.
The plane stayed on the tarmac at Stewart for more than six hours as the pilot and crew monitored the weather and seemed to promise a nearing departure again and again – and the passengers grew increasingly frustrated. (click HERE for original article)
I have traveled thousands and thousands of miles and have been stuck on the tarmac, diverted to other airports, delayed in airports…you name it. If you travel, it’s only a matter of time before something happens to delay you. Are you prepared for that? Would you be able to endure a “stranded on the tarmac for hours” nightmare? No food, no water, antsy passengers. (more…)