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Did They Do The Right Thing?  
User currently offline1stClassFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 2 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Ok, this happened in March, but still. Ok my moms friend was going to meet us in Fort Lauderdale. She was flying Sun Country Airlines from MSP, a direct flght. She was seated at the back of the plane (last row). But that is irrelivent. as they were in the run way ready to start talking off (one plane was in front of thm) this lady in her mid twenties stood up and said "I'm not going, let me off the plane!!" so of course the plane did go back to the gate, and caused the flight to be delayed 2 hours. Did the airline do the right thing, or should they have just took off? I think she should have had to stay on the plane. Why should all these other innocent folks have to be late? What if they had been in the air and she said let me off. Would they have landed? No they wouldn't have, so why treat the run way any different? Did the airline do the right thing?

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User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 843 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 hour ago) and read 1877 times:

Remember that safety comes first with Airlines.
They cannot let any of their passengers to be 'uncontrollable'.


I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 hour ago) and read 1870 times:

They are not allowed to keep you in the plane if you dont want to fly. They cant just bring stairs to the aircraft and take the lady out then take off. They also have to take her baggage out and thats what causes the delay. They surely did the right thing. I know that for ex. Aeroflot would just let the lady out but the baggage would stay in the plane.


User currently offlineIntermod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years ago) and read 1860 times:

If you don't want to fly, you shouldn't have boarded the plane to begin with. In my opinion, once the cabin door is closed and the aircraft begins pulling away from the gate, no passenger should be allowed to return to the terminal unless there are exceptional circumstances (e.x. severe medical problems that require immediate attention, a passenger physically assaulting the crew, etc.). If one passenger makes a very late decision on their willingness to fly, that is not a very good reason to waste the time of 100-200 other people (probably more if the plane is scheduled to fly somewhere else after reaching its destination). I'm not a laywer, but I would imagine that the passenger gives up his/her right to leave the aircraft before departure at some point, most likely the time at which the plane begins to taxi for takeoff.

In this case, the airline risked losing possibly hundreds of customers just to satisfy one customer who probably won't be purchasing a ticket on the airline anytime soon anyway.

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (16 years ago) and read 1847 times:

The airline must even do an emergency landing if you decide you want to get off the aircraft.
However the airline is allowed to send you the bill for the diversion. A British Airways Passenger suddenly wanted to get off a transtlantic flight and they had to land. However the passenger had to pay 30000 pounds for compensating the delay.


User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Yes, and they shouldn't be allowed to get off, cuz what if that person some how put a bomb on the plane and then got off so they whouldn't get killed? Just a thought...

User currently offlineI_4Got_My_Name From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

That's Why They Take The Baggage Off 2!!!!!!

User currently offlineCritter_592 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1776 times:


I saw a TBS movie like that...this man planted a bomb in the back of the plane..(B744)...made like he was sick, the flight attendants asked the pilot if he could go.....he hesitated for a while, then said yes, Although they were still parked at the gate. His wife had left him for another man, so he decided to blow her, him, and 400+ people to bits over the Atlantic. They all lived....... I think it was called "No where to land"

User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

I am sorta undecided on this one. I think it should be up to the crew to decide if its a legitament reason or not. Although, and I know I am treading on thin ice here so be nice, all those Northwest passengers in that snow storm in Detroit wanted off and they wouldn't let them. So, perhaps it is best that a passenger should be let off if they want too. Its a tough call.

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