Somebody messed up.
On Friday night, a Continental flight (operated by ExpressJet) from Houston to Minneapolis-St. Paul was supposed to get to the Twin Cities a little after midnight. But there were storms in the area, and the flight was diverted to Rochester, Minnesota.
And they didn’t let anyone off the plane – for the next nine hours!
One of the 47 passengers described the 50-seater plane as a “sardine can”- complete with crying babies, and a single restroom – that started to smell.
Between the two airlines, the explanations for this grim incident are somewhat murky – and amusing, too — if you weren’t on the plane. Keep reading, to see the “explanations”…
According to news reports about this incident, the crew couldn’t just wait out the storm for an hour or two and take off again, because they had reached their maximum work hours and had to be replaced – and replacements had to be flown in.
Okay, so why not let the passengers into the airport? Well, all the TSA screeners had gone home for the night.
Then why not at least let the passengers into the gate area so they could at least sleep on some seats, and not have to be rescreened? ExpressJet: “That was not provided as an option by ground services personnel at the airport.”
How about chartering a bus to Minneapolis – which is only about 80 miles away? No response.
The plane eventually took off that morning and landed at about 11am Saturday.
My question: why is this sort of thing still happening?!