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For The Independent‘s acting head of travel Julia Buckley, a trip from London to Newark took nine hours because of strong winds the entire way. The delay itself, though, took place after the flight landed, when everyone’s luggage was stuck in the cargo bay because the doors had iced over. Buckley claims that she has not been back to Newark Airport.
Hard to fly without pilots. Impossible, in fact. But that was the problem facing travel journalist Alyssa Haak and her flightmates before their takeoff from Fort Lauderdale. “They ‘couldn’t find the pilots,'” she remembers. “They even made that announcement.” Eventually, they had to call in new pilots: The original ones never showed up!
Travel writer Jacqueline Kehoe’s flight to Orange County presumably took off on time, but had to be cancelled in midair when one of the pilots suffered a heart attack. Because there legally needs to be two pilots on every flight, flight attendants raced to find a replacement. “Did you know ‘Does anyone know how to fly a plane?’ is something they actually say?” Kehoe says. (At least she can joke about it now, because that sounds TERRIFYING.) Someone did, in fact, know how to fly a plane, and an air force pilot helped land the craft in Omaha. Luckily, everything worked out: The pilot was fine, and the airline gave all of the passengers first class flights to Orange County. Learn the secrets airlines won’t tell you (but all fliers should know).