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User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6156 times:

I have been through many delays in my life at airports.I have been delayed because of weather, people and mechanical problems. I have been even delayed because of a lady giving birth at the gate. I was wondering what is your funniest, sadest, scariest reason you have bveen delayed.

Regards Mike

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User currently offlineUta_FLYingHIgh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6103 times:

Don't know for me, but as a photog, I witnessed the following delays :
Aircraft needing a new paint job :

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Lavatories needing to be emptied :

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"Remove before flight"...not removed :

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Ground equipment colliding with aircraft :

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Flat tire :

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UTA,hahahahaha  Laugh out loud

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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1743 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

Was delayed in October from LAS to SFO on America West, because the inbound crew were delayed coming in (A319 from Denver IIRC).

We were allowed to board our plane (A320) before the crew had arrived, and their plane then parked at the gate next to us.

It was quite entertaining to see them scamper from one plane to the next across the tarmac. It still took about 30 mins to get us ready even when they were aboard though, with fueling, pre-flight checks etc.

Still made my connection at SFO, and the ground staff at LAS were superb.

User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

that is exactly what I was lookin for when i started this thread thanx again

User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5982 times:
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Was delayed in ORD in July because ORD had storms the other night and the aircraft was late inbound from PHL.

Mom was delayed last night as she flew CDG-BOM. She left CDG at 11.40 and got to BOM 3 hours late!! She emailed and said that there was snow.


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User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

My father was delayed for about 30 minutes at LEJ a couple of months ago at LEJ because the airport staff somehow didn´t manage to disconnect that tractor from the Boeing 737´s front gear after pushback...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5895 times:

When i was working at MAN, there was a Thomas Cook positional flight coming in from LGW that got delayed. Reason? The pilot refused to leave without a sandwich  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5831 times:

Flying out of JFK, back home to South Africa:

We were about to go on the runway, when the Captain announced that we would have to return to our original gate and dock again, as there apparently was a problem with the landing gear. Taxied back, docked and sat on the plane for at least 2 hours, while technicians were in the cockpit. Eventually the techs left and we were OK to go.

BUT, the 744 would not move and inch from the gate. Groundstaff were trying to push us back with a tug not nearly strong enough to do so. We had to wait another 30 minutes or so before a stronger tug became available and we were eventually pushed out.

Our flight arrived 3 hours late in JNB.

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

Way, way back in the early '70's I was on a UA DC-10 (non-stop in those days) from DTW-SFO. We pushed back from the gate and returned a few moments later.

It turns out, my father who dropped me off as I was a U/M at the time told me, a woman had been sitting oblivious to her surroundings in the gate area and didn't board the A/C. She was attending her husbands funeral, he had been loaded already, and had to be on the plane. The whole thing took about 15 mins. but was the wierdest delay I have delt with.

I kinda doubt that that could happen today.

User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

This summer, we had a swarm of Bee's around the right side of the airplane and the ground crews could not work the flight (30 mins). Also this summer, I had a delay because I personally had to remove a passenger who was..."pleasureing himself" in row 31 of an MD80..(7 mins delay).

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

I had a very werid flight 2002 from CPH to ARN.

We were on SAS A320, already late, when the captain announced a security problem, one set of bags loaded, but no passenger belonging to these boarding...
So they started to a) page the passenger in the airport and b) just in case check the bags again, so some rampies got into the cargo section and started searching.

Finally a sort of disoriented (not like a sickness, more just under the mentally too heavy task to find a gate) stepped in under a load of comments of angry pax.

As promised, we should be ready for takeoff then, but the captian made anotcher announcement...while searching the bags, someone lost the load and trim sheet down there, and they needed it back, so a second search was started...

all together this made about 45 minutes of delay. was comforting to see 2 stand by captians in the cabin, but the crew did a great job though...

Another one was late because of me...arriving at IAD ona LH 744 I had to run to the farest corner of IAD to board my UAL CRJ to BNA. But the small shuttles buses took a break, and the gate was changed several times, finally at one gate they sent me out on the apron, where I was running around, boarding every UAL CRJ (about 10 in a row) and asked for the one to BNA, as I didn't exit the building at the gate where the plane was. finally, I found my flight, the FA already awaited me, greeted me with my name, closed ethe door right behind me and off we were...I tried my best to be punctual, and I made it to just a 5 minutes delay...was fun though to run over the apron, totally alone, I could have jumped anywhere in IAD!

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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5671 times:

A flight from STL-DTW on TWA about 3 or 4 years ago, everyone had boarded and they were looking for the copilot. They had paged him in the building but no sign of him. They weren't sure if he had a heart attack or why he was responding, but about 45mins later they found him. Everyone clapped when he arrived.

User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5586 times:
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On a recent flight from JFK to SXM, our AA flight was delayed because gusting winds would make it difficult for food trays to be loaded. The catering unit was swaying along with the aircraft, and engineers were worried that hard bumps could damage the planes. Passengers were laughing and saying that we should leave the bad food and take off anyway. Then we saw the catering service agent figure out a solution -- he parked the food truck a few feet from the aircraft, then extended a metal plate that worked as a bridge -- so when the plane or the truck swayed, they actually did not touch each other, just the metal 'bridge' contracted or expanded. We took off about 45 minutes late.

The annoying delay was about three years ago on a connecting USAirways flight. My business partner and I were flying in from PHX to LGA via PHL. When we got to PHL on a redeye, we were informed that the flight crew had not arrived (overslept, sheepishly said one gate agent). We were one and a half hour late for a 30 minute flight. Not pleasant when we had only three hours of sleep the night before, and waited in fairly uncomfortable seats at PHL while the crew came -- and worst yet, we had to go to work that day.

User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

well: I had a crew mixup... a crew coming from ATL-DFW was delayed due to fog, which ultimatly delayed our flight by at least an hour... on NEW YEARS EVE, so we ended up flying through the new year.

Also: A few years ago, we arrived at the gate for our ATL-FLL flight and found no plane. Waited an hour, but no plane... they kept delaying the flight until 10:35pm (8:35 scheduled), but we did not know why. Finally, they told us that they were replacing an engine on the L1011. It wasn't my greatest flight!

User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

Last Prez. Day Weekend...Boarded a UAL from MCI-DEN. Everyone boarded and took their seats. Meanwhile someone knocked the AC power cord out of the plane and we had a 10 min delay to reset the navigation equip. then they closed the door and pulled the jetway back and right as we began to push back they stopped us and pulled us back in and the jetway came back up. The captain came on and said that the Agents forgot to do the Random Security Checks...soooo everyone had to get their stuff and get off the plane...once everyone was off the plane they had to search it...then they started the boarding process all over...and i was the first one to walk up...i started to walk away when they yelled to me to come back...they forgot to do the security check thing again!!! DUH UNITED. So they did the security check and everyone got back on and we left. Total Delay time = 10mins for nav. equip. 15min to unload plane 15min to search the plane 20-25min to load back up= 1hour and 5min Delay...Missed my flight to VAIL and they gave me $9 to get some food...bought a cookie and a bottle of water...9 dollars...couldnt believe it...! Spent an extra 3.5 hours in the Denver airport by myself...it was real fun.........!

Then just about a week ago...Was on a DL 738 bound for MCI from ATL. We taxied to the rwny and as we were holding a guy jumped out of his seat and ran back to the F/A in the rear of the aircraft....As we turned onto the runway the F/A returned the man to his seat and returned to her seat. The plane was roaring down the runway nose wheel about to leave the ground...All of the sudden the plane went back onto the ground>> FULL BRAKES!!! the tires were literally screeching down to runway....stopped at the end of the runway and pulled off at a high speed....the crew came on the PA and announced that one of the EXIT windows appeared to be opened...we returned to the gate and had it checked out...Apparently a women had a nervous attack...(anxiety) and was trying to get out of the plane...30min delay

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3935 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

I was supposed to fly on an MD-11, needless to say that was a delay because a new ac had to be switched, I have had weather delays on the ground and in the air, mechanical problems, and I didn't get my luggage for a week cruise because of a delay on COMAIR when they wouldn't leave because there was NO ICE on board a CRJ!!!!!! The most pissed pax I have ever seen.

User currently offlineSlamclick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

I once took a 50 minute delay at YUM because a roadrunner had homesteaded my airplane. Took quite a while to motivate it to leave without scaring . . . well, you know. Considered writing to the "Acme Company" for something to get it out of there.

Saw a charter flight turn around and come home empty because they could not get the 1L door open. Plane had been sitting in snow with that door open and the slush froze in the doorsill during the ferry flight.

Heard of a delay taken while a captain waited for the RVR to come up to 1800 feet because he knew he needed 600, 600 and 600. (Really means touchdown zone, midfield and rollout area each to be 600' vis.)

How about an arrival delay. QQ Md-80 gets in on time, parks on the spot. Jetway blows a hydraulic line about four feet from the plane. Too far to jump. Too close to allow use of the airstair. They had to bring a tug, have everyone sit back down, push it back ten feet and walk the pax down the airstair and up the outside stair on the jetway.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineKempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5382 times:

Once, flying on Delta, I was supposed to travel on a flight that was cancelled. I was rebooked on a flight 2 hours later. That flight was delayed because Delta could not find a flight crew for the plane! Not so unusual, except for the fact that I was flying from ATL.

User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1752 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5372 times:

Back in Nov, flying from PHX to LAX on United Express... we had an overweight guy who needed a special seat belt....

we ended up waiting for 45 minutes

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5336 times:

One of my more hellish trips involved a trip that was supposed to be ABE-PHL-CLE on USAirways/Express.

We were one hour delayed on the flight ABE-PHL, because the plane had "mechanical difficulties" at its origin... PHL. We weren't told the nature of the mechanical problem, but we were told that they finally decided the plane was airworthy and brought it in.

When the passengers got off the plane it was quite obvious what the problem was -- they got off sweaty and looking downright miserable. The "mechanical difficulty" was lack of air-conditioning. That day was particularly hazy, hot, and humid.

Okay, for those of you who don't know ABE-PHL it's about a one hour drive between the two places and only about twenty minutes in the air, if that. So those of us on the flight back down to PHL were quite peeved that they had delayed the plane for air-conditioning. Yes, it was a "triple H" day, but my goodness, it's such a short flight!

So we boarded, and our f/a told us she would serve us drinks to keep us cool on the flight. The plane was not hot, rather just felt stuffy. The flight was uneventful as we headed in to PHL...

But we had a go-around.

So our little 20 minute flight turned into a 45 minute flight. And the f/a of course couldn't get back up because who knew what would happen as we went back into the approach pattern.

We got into PHL approximately 20 minutes before my CLE flight was scheduled to leave. I was on crutches. You can imagine my frustration in trying to find an appropriate way to get through the airport. I ended up basically jumping on an electric cart that wasn't mine and telling the driver I would jump off at my gate, which is exactly what I did.

You can imagine my dismay when I saw that the gate sign flashed "CANCELLED."

When I asked the gate attendant what the problem was, she said "mechanical difficulties."

I let out a profanity-laced response to the effect of "That didn't keep the last plane from flying!"

Well, at least I got a good hotel room.

Up, up and away!
User currently offlineRiley From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 173 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5273 times:

Last year on a DL flight DFW-ATL, we taxied out to 17R for departure and then we turned back. I'm thinking wind change at the field probably... Some guy had a heart attack up in first. Don't know if the poor guy survived or not. We were about an hour late into Hartsfield.

User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5003 times:

Had a LHA320 delayed on the FRA-LHR route.

Reason given by the Captain for the equipment change : coffee machine was out of order. Puleaaasse


User currently offlineBigfoot From Italy, joined Dec 2003, 65 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4953 times:

My "best" delay was two years ago on a MXP-CDG Alitalia flight... the pilot simply did "not wake up in time". An hour delay before a substitute came...


Madness takes its toll, please have exact change
User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4876 times:

On VS002 from EWR on December 22, we were delayed by about an hour because of a "late arriving crew." When they did show up, they all had new "Macy's" shopping bags. Big grin


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User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2096 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4791 times:

I just had one today that was kind of funny...but not for the FO....he forgot his wallet at home....and guess where his Medical and Flight Certificates were......82 minute delay

Also took a ground delay in CVG once due to a Fox running on the runway...I was jealous of him getting up close and personal with the planes. =)


25 Mlsrar : This has happened to me twice now in MSP for NW 1958: I've seen a catering truck plow into engine number two on two different occasions between July o
26 Rotor1 : Few years ago as a youngen', my family and I (about 30 in all) were booked on a Delta MD11 from who knows where (started the trip in PHX on something,
27 Eastbay : As a crewmember, I've been required to show late many times due to crew rest requirements.... my experience tells me that often times the gate agents
28 CV990A : My favorite was on a BA flight LHR-MAD we took a 2 hour delay because a group of 18 tourists from a connecting flight got drunk on the previous flight
29 ANX4fishing : Was delayed @ ORD a few years back when a dog was running around the taxi ways and runways. It happened right in front of AA's terminal and we caught
30 EZYAirbus : had 3 hours sitting on the ground at SIN on a BA744 after a cargo lorry smashed into the rear cargo door, worse still was Singapore Airshow that day,
31 Dasheighty : On December of 1985 I was on Delta Airlines Flight 799 EWR -ATL. It was a Boeing 757 about a year old at the time. The engines starter for the number
32 Post contains images OB1783P : TWA 800, extra frigid mid-Winter 1980. 747-100. We boarded regularly, and then we were told that we would have to wait for the luggage of connecting p
33 Rongotai : July 1969 - QF 707 delay NAN-HNL due to conflicting traffic in the form of the Apollo 9 splashdown. March 1978 - NZ F27 HKK-WSZ-WLG delayed due to the
34 Ntspelich : Going from IAD-PIT last April, we were delayed by about 2 1/2 hours because there simply was no plane. The flight crew was sitting there with all of t
35 EZYAirbus : 1 hours at SIN Feb 2002, had to wait for a flight from LHR to arrive as they had passengers connecting onto our flight to BNE! Glenn
36 Post contains images FinnWings : This is my favorite delay... A few years ago I boarded in one of Finnair's MD-11s which had just been in D-check one day ago. I sat on my seat and tri
37 Post contains images Aviationfreak : My colleague told me that her flight was delayed somewhere at Cyprus because the boarding stairs bounced in to the aircraft. It did the whole plane sh
38 CVGpilot : Was delayed for 1 hr once, due to a underage female whom had some pax from our flight buy her drinks and she got drunk and lost her id, she was the la
39 Aviationman : Got delayed once receiving my bags after a Royal Airlines A-310 flight from Cuba to YMX. The flight left AVI on time, arrived YMX earlier than planned
40 FlyCaledonian : Couple of years ago due to fly SYD-SIN-FRA on QF. Night before there had been serious hail storms over SYD. Result? ABout 1/4 of the QF L/H fleet was
41 Nonrvsmdmf : I took many interesting delays at ABX... The worst was 3 hours. The dreadful aircraft that always had something wrong with it came in. During the nigh
42 Infiniti757 : Have Two stories. Several months ago at the DHL hub my A/c was being loaded when apparently a box containing live crickets was broken. Had to download
43 Mir : My Swissair flight from New York to Geneva was once postponed until the following morning because a pilot was not available. On the way back, we learn
44 Post contains images Airtrainer : Was delayed for about 2 hours a few years ago in EWR, we were taxiing to the runway when the LH captain said we had to go back to the gate for a probl
45 ORBITJFK : No Tower Air stories huh???? I was on an AA 757 from DFW to LGA as a U/M with my sister in August 2003. The U/M's boarded first, and as we got on we l
46 Post contains images SAS-A321 : I was once delayed out of ORD due to traffic!!! One captain in an north european airline was fired after delaying a flight to FRA. Two F/A from an asi
47 SCXmechanic : Here's one that I found pretty funny... Our DC-10 was delayed several hours out of DFW one early morning. It was due to one of the flight attendants m
48 N766UA : My fathers flight from Jacksonville to Cleveland was delayed 17 hours due to a tornado on the field.
49 Myk : I was once delayed 1 hour because of a passenger loosing his passport in the Toilet. Passenger and her luggage went out of the plane !!!
50 F9Fan : I was flying a UA 777 from IAD to DEN. The plane was on a DEN-ORD-IAD-LHR-IAD-DEN sequence. At the time the plane from ORD was supposed to land at IAD
51 Spark : I was on a Garuda flight that made an aborted take off in Singapore going to Pekan Baru. For some reason we never found out the reason, but I still th
52 C17Glbm : On a flight from IAD to CDG we were delayed because the agent with the loadsheet got "lost" and we were waiting for her to come. Looked funny how two
53 Post contains images Texan : UAL 732 March 1996 IAD-DFW. Temperature was around -10F with wind chill around -25F or -30F, all doors were open. Mechanic walks up the aisle of the p
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