On July 7th, U.S. Airlines, Gatwick to Houston, arrived at Charlotte for a two-hour stop-over.
Passengers were informed that a storm lay ahead and there was not enough fuel to fly around the storm; therefore eight passengers were required to deplane ..
- U.S. Airlines,07/07/12. Arrival at Charlotte from Gatwick, London,
- Announcement at Charlotte Airport.
- Weight calculations.
- Family decisions!
- Author's Note:
U.S. Airlines,07/07/12. Arrival at Charlotte from Gatwick, London,
This might not be an unusual incident, but certainly seems surprising to me.
A six-hour flight from Gatwick and arrival in Charlotte for a two-hour stop-over brought about an announcement to passengers that a storm lay ahead on the final leg of the journey.
This news must have brought about some alarm to the passengers. However, this was not the only announcement to cause some anxiety to the two-hundred passengers.
Announcement at Charlotte Airport.
Tired passengers' arrival at Charlotte, for the final leg of the flight to Houston, were stumbling and fumbling around, retrieving their luggage, when it was announced that eight passengers would need to remain at Charlotte as the fuel supply would not be adequate to circumvent a storm lying ahead on the last leg of the flight.
This must have brought about some confusion and anxiety, and decision-making amongst the passengers was probably intense.
The compensation for passengers left in Charlotte would be the grand total of $200 per person.
How many pounds of passengers could be carried for how many miles through a storm between Charlotte and Houston?
How would the weight be calculated and would one over-weight passenger be equal to two passengers of less than average weight?
Were passengers placed on a weight scale?
How were the final calculations made and who made them?
Obviously the passengers' luggage must have been taken into account.
Would parents exclude over-weight off-spring and abandon them in Charlotte?
Would an angry husband take the opportunity to leave his over-weight wife behind?
Would passengers continuing on to Houston wait for the arrival of a family member left behind, thereby incurring hotel fees which would probably cancel out the $200 compensation payment?
A follow-up on the outcome of this event would be interesting!
My grandson, Marshall, elected to remain on the flight to Houston as he did not think it would be worth his while to collect $200 and incur his Nan's wrath after waiting for him in Houston.