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Strangest Reason Your Flight's Been Delayed  
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

I was once on a flight from IAD to SMF that was delayed for two hours because, at least according to the gate agent, the flight crew went to the wrong airport. Granted, I don't fly all that often comapred to some, but that's the strangest reason I've ever heard for a flight to be delayed.

Who else has a story about a flight being delayed for an unusual reason?

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22048 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5543 times:

I was once on SR111 (before the crash), and the flight was delayed about 11 hours because (reportedly) the pilot had been arrested for indecent exposure, and it took that long to get a replacement.


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User currently offlineGFFgold From Indonesia, joined Feb 2007, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

Goats. Benkulu (BKS) about a year ago. There were two of them munching grass beside the runway and a boy on a motorbike was dispatched to chase them away. Caused minimal delay but much amusement.

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5527 times:

Incoming plane hit a moose upon landing at the airport prior to ours. Apparently both the CV-580 and the moose both didn't fare very well.

User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 758 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

I don't really think this is that strange but I was delayed 45 minutes for a Leaky Coffee Maker.


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User currently offlineItsnotfinals From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

I was on a Comair CRJ from IAD to CVG and we were delayed 2 hours becuase the plane was over fueled and the ramp people couldn't figure out how to off load fuel. After 3 tries the ground staff finally came on and asked for 6 people to get off!

User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5433 times:

Its a few years ago now but I was to fly BKK-VTE on a Thai Airbus A300-600. The aircraft had a toilet leak and was spilling its contents on the tarmac, the smell was diabolical. We were advised we were going to use another aircraft and the 200 odd passengers all walked to another gate to see a 737-400 and the amusing question arose of " who doesn't want to fly today?' We were all herded to yet another gate enjoying our walking tour of BKK airport and we came upon an A330 and we began to board. There were no F/As on board and no flight crew and we assumed that we would somehow fly ourselves there. Every one off again and back to the original gate only to be told that the aircraft was delayed because there was nothing wrong with it.
The pool of effluent that it was standing in however told a different story. We took off 2 hours late with an otherwise uneventful flight with only the aft lavatories available for use.

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3038 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

For me, the strangest reason was simply no reason. We boarded, pushed back, and then thus began our 8 hour long wait on the ground right next to the gate. No explanation given. Eight hours after pushback, plane taxied to runway and took-off for our 2 hour flight from SEA to SFO.

Weird day.


User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2519 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

I have had delayed or cancelled flights for the following reasons:

A catering truck while jacked up to the plane fell over onto the wing when a thurnderstorm came thru the airport and blew the truck over onto the wing of a 747-100. This happened at DFW.

A cracked windshield on a 707.

The DL flight attendant showed up for an originating flight at ICT with a hangover and this cancelled the flight.

They changed an engine on a BN 747 while the airplane sat AT THE GATE in DFW. The process took 5 hours while the passengers sat and watched thru the gate windows.

During a UA pilot union work slow down, a pilot cancelled a flight because of a weather radar issue that was minor.

During a UA pilot union work slow down, a pilot waited until it was time for pushback to report an inspection light in the nose wheel well was out. This delayed the flgiht 45 minutes while the bulb was replaced.

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5390 times:

I had an ATL-LGA flight on FL (Non rev joyride up to LGA, and back) delayed about two hours because we didn't have a captain. Crew scheduling had forgotten that the captain they had assigned to the flight was on vacation that week. For some reason, they couldn't get any captain who was in close range of ATL (I'm guessing duty time regs or other operational reasons), so they had one deadhead to ATL from RDU.

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5372 times:

I recently was scheduled to fly Delta on UIO-GYE-ATL. I got to the airport Friday night for the flight, only to find that it was cancelled. Delta put everyone up in the Hilton in Quito for two nights before sending a plane down to pick us up. We left on Sunday morning. No one ever explained what happened with our original flight. Do any of you know? This was in January.

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4899 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

Light bulbs. Gotta change those light bulbs! Other than that, just your typical weather, waiting for passengers, stuff like that.

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 11):
Light bulbs. Gotta change those light bulbs!

A few years ago I was on a Delta flight ATL-RDU. They boarded the first class pax, then a few minutes later they all deplaned. That's not a good sign, I thought. It turned out someone in first class had broken a light bulb while trying to stuff a slightly too large bag into the overhead compartment. We were delayed for about 45 minutes while the crew searched for a vaccuum cleaner to clean up the broken glass.

User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

A trip on AS FAI-ANC-JNU-SEA turned out to be a comedy of errors. Everybody boards the plane in FAI, and it's a full plane because it's Thanksgiving morning and lots of people are making connections in ANC to NW, DL or CO to visit family. So we get on the plane, and wait and wait and wait. Eventually flight attendants go down the aisle opening overhead bins and pull out a few bags. So then we wait and wait and wait. Then TSA agents come on the plane and open the overhead bins and pull out a few more bags, including mine. The pilot says over the intercom that upon review of the security tapes, it appears that the TSA let a Leatherman through security and that they're pulling off all the grey bags to rescreen them (my bag is blue, but whatever). So we wait and wait and wait some more. About an hour has passed by now. Well the pilot has a new announcement. Everybody has to get off the plane because the search of all grey (and my blue) bags has yielded nothing. So everybody gets off the plane, and the terminal is evacuated (at this time, there was only one person in the terminal because he had missed my flight). Everybody goes through screening again. It turns out that they never found the Leatherman, but they did find about a dozen people with pocket knives. The truly amusing thing is that the person who was in line before me during the first security screening was a bush pilot with a grey bag, and she was probably well on her way to wherever she was flying with her trusty Leatherman. So we finally leave for ANC about 2 hours late, and half the plane had to be rebooked on a nonstop to Seattle to make other connections to where they were going.

But wait, there's more! So the plane arrives in ANC, the pilot turns off the seatbelt sign and everybody gets up and gets their stuff, except me because I'm on the same plane for the next leg to JNU. A line forms in the aisle, but it's not going anywhere. About 5 minutes later, the pilot has something to say. We had apparently stopped about 1 foot away from where we needed to be, so we need to get the tug back to the plane to pull us forward 1 foot, and everybody needs to take their seats and buckle up again. At this time everybody laughed, because it had been a special morning already.

But wait! There's even more! It was snowing in ANC, not too much, but still a good amount. Everybody boards the plane for JNU, but we aren't ready to leave for about 30 minutes after everybody is onboard and settled down because there were tons of FedEx and UPS packages being loaded for destinations in SE Alaska. So after the 30 minutes or so of waiting for the last of the packages to be loaded, finally we're ready to head out on our way, but this isn't the case. Remember how I said it was snowing in ANC? It snowed quite a bit, and the baggage belt car thing is stuck in the snow. I was seated at the window directly above it, and the driver looked so sheepish as he was trying to back up unsuccessfully. So we sit and wait while they're trying to figure out how to get this thing out of the way so we can leave. The flight is about 3 hours late at this point. So I'm looking out the window and watching the snow and waiting patiently, and all of a sudden I notice that a snow plow is heading towards the plane. Thankfully Alaskans are quite ingenious with our solutions to problems, and the snow plow simply pushes the baggage loader out of the way. We finally get to leave for JNU over 3 hours late! Hooray!

Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently onlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 764 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
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I never did learn the specific reason for this, but years ago on a Mohawk Airlines Martin 404 from PIT-PHL-BOS, during approach to PHL the pilot announced that we would be delayed in Philadelphia while we needed to change aircraft. He actually announced that we couldn't take this plane on to Boston, "the plane's broke." He actually said those exact words! I could picture the pilot sitting in the cockpit madly thumbing through a manual, saying to the copilot, "I don't know, tell 'em it's broke."

Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

FO was detained at immigration in YYZ, after 5 hours or so we got a new FO and continued on.

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

Has anybody seen that 'airport' episode where a squirrel runs into a BA flight gear, took a while to get that out. They wouldn't even let passengers on, because "the weight might crush the squirrel if it layed in certain areas"

That's got to be the wierdest reason I've seen, and it was completely true!


From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineUSFLyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5215 times:

US Airways
December 2000
Airbus A319

The flight is delayed 2 hours because the lock on the cockpit door broke and the inbound pilots could not get out and the outbound pilots cannot get in. The amusing part in one of the pilots stuck in the cockpit had to pee in his cofee cup becuase he couldn't get to the washroom.

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 days ago) and read 5215 times:

Quoting USFLyer MSP (Reply 17):
The amusing part in one of the pilots stuck in the cockpit had to pee in his cofee cup becuase he couldn't get to the washroom.



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineAarbee From India, joined Aug 2005, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

UA ORD-STL in 2000, (Summer of Discontent??)

The gate agent says the plane has left the hanger 3 hours ago, but not arrived at the gate.

NW MCO-DTW in 2004
o There's a ground stop at DTW so flt cannot take off.
o Once DTW is clear MCO has a thunderstorm and hence a ground stop at MCO, so flt cannot take off.
o Once the thunderstorm clears they cannot find the crew to fly the plane, so the flt is canceled.

NW MCO-DTW in 2006
After boarding all the pax on the plane. The pilot says there is no fuel on the plane.

Love the AIXes
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4899 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Quoting Aarbee (Reply 19):
The gate agent says the plane has left the hanger 3 hours ago, but not arrived at the gate.

Quoting Aarbee (Reply 19):
After boarding all the pax on the plane. The pilot says there is no fuel on the plane.

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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 hours ago) and read 5115 times:

January 13th, 2007, DFW: Connecting flight delayed two hours or more while waiting for F/As to arrive from Vail on another flight. The weather was bad and could have gotten worse at any second, so I was lucky my flight wasn't cancelled entirely. However, after two additional hours in layover I was ready to volunteer to give the safety speech and serve drinks myself if it would get us moving.

January 17th, 2007, RNO: Flight initially delayed by an hour due to continuing bad weather at DFW. We board, push off from the gate, taxi to the runway...and sit there. The lights cycle brighter then dimmer a few times, then the pilot announces that the starboard engine refuses to crank. We get pushed back to the gate and a mechanic is called. An hour or so later, the starboard engine finally cranks and we take off.

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40265 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 1):
the flight was delayed about 11 hours because (reportedly) the pilot had been arrested for indecent exposure, and it took that long to get a replacement.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

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Madrid to New York back 1985.
Our flight was delayed for 6 hours because there was no ice. We needed ice for our cocktails.

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
Who else has a story about a flight being delayed for an unusual reason?

Paris CDG (where else), AF from CDG to ZRH. There was no bus to bring us to the plane!

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User currently offlineRmcf From Spain, joined Oct 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5076 times:

I had a delay of almost 12 hours in a BA flight from CPT to LHR! The reason? No fuel at the airport! It was quite a depressing wait because other planes where landing and taking off, except 3 BA 747!
bye! rmcf

25 Alphafloor : Haha! I remember that one and reading the news all over the Swiss newspapers.
26 Lapper : Delayed due to late arrival of the inbound aircraft. What sort of an excuse is that???
27 Ajd1992 : A perfectly logical one. You can't take off without the plane being there. I've had late passengers and delayed inbounds, nothing that bad.
28 Airbus3801 : BMI LHR-Belfast City - delay because there was a bird stuck in the plane that had flown in through an open door US - PHX - JFK - Delayed because clean
29 Jamesbuk : Ive had a 6 hour delay because on landing a bird flew into the side of the engine cowling, not in the front, but the side. Rgds --James--
30 Vasu : When I flew LHR - MAA a few years ago, we were delayed a couple of hours (at least) because of a "broken food lift" or something... I remember the pas
31 David21487 : As a passenger, I've never had any strange delays, but working flights as a gate agent I've seen some. 1. I was working OH5544 (CMH-JFK) and it cancel
32 Lapper : But the excuse that the flight is delayed beacuse of late arrival doesn't mean anything. The better information for pax would be WHY the inbound was
33 CXfirst : My sister was flying that week as well with MH. MH did it by putting a tiny bit of fuel in to get to AMS, and then would continue to KUL -CXfirst
34 Post contains images RootsAir : No way!! You were to take that flight?? It made the big hits here and in every newspaper it said "Swiss pilot caught masturbating in Central park" ho
35 IAirAllie : On a through flight. Delay because there were two very similar black dogs in the cargo hold and the airline couldn't figure out which one was staying
36 RedTailDTW : That's Helarious, but yet rediculous at the same time... Mason
37 CanadianNorth : A few years ago on Air Canada Jazz, YVR-YXY. About an hours delay in YVR, and the only excuse given was "...and as you can see at the moment we do not
38 Post contains images FlyingColours : But trying to explain the reason for the delay can be "off", there are numerous reasons the incoming aircraft is late, it could have missed its slot
39 Post contains images Stylo777 : almost the same thing appeared to a Air Berlin flight which I handled at the gate in FRA. The pilot fueled his too much and so we had to wait for a f
40 Madhatter : I didnt think this was allowed as it would mean possible fuel contamination?
41 ReidYYZ : Back when I was a 16yr old punk, homeward bound from a family trip to the Motherland (Italy), we had a 8 hr delay due to the a/c AC 742 was late inbou
42 TrijetsRMissed : Back in 1999 I had a flight on HP from LAS to ORD that was delayed 6-7 hours. Our A320 was several hours late arriving at the gate because it had an M
43 Pilotatheart : It was on ATA from LAX to HNL on an L-1011 about 7 years ago. Everyone was on board for about 20 mins when the pilot came on and said "We will be dela
44 Relaxitsfedex7 : My flight on NW out of MSP to IAD,the flight was delayed for an hour because someone had threw up on one of the seats and the workers had to go change
45 WestJetYQQ : Stupid, not strange: My cousin was supposed to fly into YQQ from YYC on WestJet. The pilots were supposed to hitch a ride on a connecting WS flight fr
46 MCOflyer : Agreed. Crew rest from an overnight by 1hr for US222 to PIT. This was an MD80 service. MCOflyer
47 Mandala499 : Was on an SAS 762 years back, SIN-BKK-CPH... upon closing the door at BKK, the captain went on and regretted the door having been closed because all o
48 MEACEDAR : Mine was about 2 years ago on a MCO-AMS flight on MP...delayed 3 hours because: 1- All lavratories were "OUT OF ORDER" 2- The TVs were not working. 3-
49 Viscount724 : Not very strange, but about 2 months ago I was on a BA flight LHR-GVA that was delayed about 40 minutes as the captain was tied up in a major traffic
50 Post contains images FlyingColours : Sometimes if a toilet is not working properly, we would pour a pot of boiling water down there. It doesn't have to be hot water, sometimes we would h
51 Easyholiday : 1. SIN CGK with SQ: Waited 1 hour onboard while the aircraft was still at the gate. The reason: waited for Singapore Prime Minister and his bodyguards
52 LouA340 : I read this right here on Airliners, but one night in ACC a KLM A330 was delayed for about 3 hours because a South African had been parked in the wron
53 Pe@rson : The first officer, who was undertaking a week-long work experience programme with AirNow, was late for duty. Oddly, my next flight was also delayed: t
54 CDreier : Miami Air charter from MEM to CAE was delayed for about 10 hours because the aircraft (727) was hit by a bus!!! It seems that the aircraft had taken t
55 Baguy : It's not that funny but a bit weird..... August 06, ZB, A321, FAO-BHX - A guy reversed the stairs into the rear of the plane, so they had to offload e
56 Post contains images BCAL : My strangest reason for a delay was in the Summer of 73, departing IST on the BA flight to LHR via ATH and FCO. The Trident taxied to the runway thre
57 PanAm747 : My strangest delay came while on the ground, waiting to take-off. The HP A319 was scheduled to fly PHX-MSP in late July, 2006, and we were number two
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