Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2030 times:
I am sure it is possible to "decide" to leave, but actually getting off may be a different story. Just think about all those people years ago, who were stranded on a Northwest jet I think who were unable to deplane.
Aircanada From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
I believe the NW incident was that an NW plane couldn't get a gate, or something like that, and all the pax were stuck on the plane for 3 hours. When they asked if they could leave, they were told NO. I believe the pax filed a suit for unlawful confinement...but the details escape me.
As far as leaving the plane if you want to, once the doors are closed, the captain has complete authority over the matter. While it's never happened to me, as long as we haven't reached sterile cockpit, we have to call the captain and it's up to him to turn the plane around or not.
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
But just in that moment, you decide that you can't take this plane, whatever the reason.
I guess you would be asked the reason by a FA for your suddenly deciding to deplane. As you have accepted to board the plane, to take your seat, it seems logical that the Captain, once informed of that unusual case, should take the final decision, not you.
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1847 times:
Hi again Myk,
A smell of burning in the plane would be a sound reason to deplane before taxiing. I know it by experience as the Captain of my plane decided a few years ago in LHR that all the passengers had to deplane.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1845 times:
Here are a few ways which I nor anyone recommend... but yes, some of these have been tried...
1. Pretend you forgot to switch off your handphone... make a quick quiet call for a friend to call you back to tell you someone's deceased... get the purser to talk to your friend... Yes someone tried this and gotaway with it... because someone the pax know would be dead in a few hours after the incident... The pax was worried about leaving town while that person was dying... Some have lied and paid the price...
2. Just run for the emergency exit and open the exit... Yes you'll get off, but you'll get a slapping huge bill at the end... let alone a ban from the airline or maybe some sky marshall would have shot you beforehand.
3. Pretend to be a terrorist... This one is definitely NOT recommended. I'd recommend you stick with the flight and live with it than spending time wishing you can escape Gitmo bay!
Don't try any of these...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Jetsetsteve From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
The NW story started with a really bad snow storm at DTW. the people where on the plane for more than 3 hours i think it was like 12 or somthing. the lavs where overflowing, the potable water ran out. it was a real big mess for NW and after that congress passed a Pax bill of rights.
As far as getting off the plane after you have seated world raise alot of eyebrows. But after alot explaining i'm sure it they would let you but alot of people will be mad.
FutureCEO From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
It would be a huge delay for an airline if someone did that. First of all they would have to pull the jetbridge back up to the aircraft and open the door. Then they would have to pull the persons baggage off the plane (Imagine how long this would take on a full 747). Then they would most likely have to do deplane all the passengers and do a security sweep of the aircraft just to make sure all the carry-ons are accounted for and nothing else is left on board from that passenger. And after that is all finished they would have to re board all the passengers, which would take longer than normal because some may have lost their boarding passes etc.. I would HATE to be working that flight.