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Air Canada Learns That Hockey Trumps Flying  
User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10098 times:

This is so funny, too funny if you ask me.

I just read this article from Toronto Star that AC had to delay the flight from Vancouver during the last day of Winter Olympic when Team Canada beat Team USA for the gold medal game. Passengers ignore the boarding call while they were watching the final momment of the game when Canada won the gold medal. Here's the link to the article.
I wonder if any event similar to this one happend to another carrier?

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/a...a-learns-that-hockey-trumps-flying

VANCOUVER—Canada’s largest airline has learned it sometimes has to take a back seat to the country’s biggest sporting passion, ice hockey, the head of Air Canada said Tuesday.

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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9374 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10099 times:

Nothing new. As an AC passenger I learned that on a flight YYZ/YUL in the mid seventies. The bags did not appear on the carousel until after the hockey match was over.


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User currently offlineghYHZ From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10012 times:

We’re just a hockey crazy country! It’s been reported that 80 percent of the Canadian population watched at least part of the Gold Medal game.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=312025

And as the saying goes……you could fire a shot down Main Street and not hit anyone......Traffic authorities in some cities reported that freeways that are normally busy on a late Sunday afternoon were noticeably vacant.


User currently offlineYYCowboy From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9754 times:

What a remarkable game it was. I hope the boarding crew enjoyed the moment also. How long were they delayed, and what was its flight number? Can you imagne trying to herd paying passangers onto a plane, and they won't go.


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User currently offlinetropical77W From Canada, joined Dec 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9565 times:

I'll be the devils advocate here, what about the people who wanted the flight to leave on time? Surely they needed to be accomodated.

Personally i'm not a big hockey fan. I wouldn't want to spoil the fun for everyone else so i'm not really going to blame the fans here. But I would be pretty pissed even if there was compensation.


User currently offlineairceo From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9432 times:

Quoting tropical77W (Reply 4):
I'll be the devils advocate here, what about the people who wanted the flight to leave on time? Surely they needed to be accomodated.

As long as the time was made up in the air I don't think anyone really has anything legitimate to gripe about.

A few other people saw the effects of hockey passion. Look at this chart of Edmonton's water consumption: http://www.patspapers.com/blog/item/...nton_water_gold_medal_hockey_game/

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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9203 times:

I remember a situation where an entire bank of flights at my former airline left late because passengers were watching the O. J. Simpson chase on the CNN airport channel and ignored the boarding announcements. All of us in Operations were watching the chase as well.

User currently offlineeaglemanywg From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9130 times:

Truly proud to be Canadian eh?? I missed the 2nd and 3rd periods of the game because of my 8 year old daughters own playoff hockey game. We love Hockey that is for sure..

User currently offlineINNflyer From Austria, joined Dec 2008, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9102 times:

Flew MUC - CGN during the FIFA soccer world championship 2006 in Germany. Unfortunately, the last seats on the market, to my horror, were during game time of the German team. Boarding in MUC was slow because everybody was watching TV, and people had to be pulled into the aircraft. We arrived in CGN about 10 min before the game was over, and . . . nothing happened. No ground crew was to be seen, while passengers were switching on their cell phones trying to figure out game results. Germany won, and the entire aircraft was cheering. Only after the game was over, things got moving again.

User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8903 times:

As the game went into overtime a few people on twitter mentioned that Westjet was delaying boarding of flights so that people could continue to watch the game also. This was happening in YVR and YYC from the tweets I saw.

User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2179 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8805 times:

Quoting airceo (Reply 5):
Look at this chart of Edmonton's water consumption: http://www.patspapers.com/blog/item/...game/

Any correlation (or, anti-correlation in that precise case) with beer consumption?



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1283 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8332 times:

I was working the YOW ramp that day and thought it was funny when a whole bunch of flights all pushed out at the same time about 15 minutes after Crosby's goal.


You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlinerailker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7995 times:

Watching the 'Live Blog' on the CTVOlympics.ca website while watching the game, there were a few comments from people at airports, particularly YVR. There were multiple comments that flight attendants, pilots -- everyone was watching the game on the nearest available TV. Someone else blogged close to the end of the 3rd period, 'Flight delayed due to fake maintenance issue. We'll be in the air in just over 10 minutes".  Someone's got their priorities straight!

User currently offlinefly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6848 times:

I saw this today, I loved it, one my my instructors at the college i go to was coming back to Ontario from YVR and said a similar thing happened with there flight, everyone got on after the game, the crew even told the passengers they would put the game on in the aircraft but it still didn't get them boarded.

Anyway this just shows that we love our hockey incase anyone doubted. I wonder if any flights in the US got delayed, I doubt it.



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User currently offlinestarac17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3375 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6262 times:

Quoting AirCanada014 (Thread starter):
Passengers ignore the boarding call while they were watching the final momment of the game when Canada won the gold medal. Here's the link to the article.
I wonder if any event similar to this one happend to another carrier?

I was connecting in YVR on Feb 24th and some flights were calling passengers repeatedly because their flight was ready to leave and hockey wasn't even on at the time. In probably got worse because the Canada Russia game started about 15 minutes after my flight left.

Although I must thank the AC flight crew for giving in air score updates at the end of every period.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6172 times:

I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

I would be pretty pissed as well. I have no fanatical interest in any sport and I would not want my flight delayed for such ridiculous reasons.


User currently offlineHBGDS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

I've heard pilots on US Airlines (USAirways, elta, American) come on the PA and tell the pax the scores of a particular game (baseball and /or football). It lightens the mood a little even if you team lost, especially with all the security stuff people go through on the ground.

User currently offlinelegacytravel From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5627 times:

Likely because the pax didn't trust the reliability of AC's IFE PTVs. I have never

Quoting ghYHZ (Reply 2):
Traffic authorities in some cities reported that freeways that are normally busy on a late Sunday afternoon were noticeably vacant

This is the same as in Green Bay when the Packers play in big games the town looks like a ghost town. My son was born on the day Packers beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl they put a story about us on the front page of the news paper.

Mark in MKE



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21624 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 15):
I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

I understand it completely. Sometimes national glory trumps...other stuff.

-Mir



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User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5309 times:

I love watching hockey its the Canadian thing eh?   I would have thank the crew too allowing us stay and watch the end of the game prior to boarding, if I wasn't making any connections I don't mind arriving at my destination late however I know its not fair for those who have to make a connection but if most of them are Canucks they probably don't care arriving late and miss their connection because of the gold medal game Canada vs USA  . My heart was pounding when USA tied the game at 29secs before the bell. I was working at that time so I recorded my game so I can watch it later which I did.

User currently offlinethreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2135 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5216 times:

Quoting YULWinterSkies (Reply 10):
Any correlation (or, anti-correlation in that precise case) with beer consumption?

I'd say that's a given.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 15):
I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

I would be pretty pissed as well. I have no fanatical interest in any sport and I would not want my flight delayed for such ridiculous reasons.

You need to spend a winter in Canada then to see how hockey (particularly Olympic and other important international matches) is an ingrained part of our culture. What may seem ridiculous to you and a miniscule number of other people is a no-brainer in terms of priorities for the rest of our country. Even those who normally don't normally enjoy hockey were glued to the TV two weeks ago.

If you were hoping to leave a Canadian airport at that time, you'd probably be sitting all alone on the plane as the rest of the passengers and crew crowded around the TV sets in the lounges and airport bars.

I was in SW Florida at the time and a healthy number of non-hockey-watching Americans were enthralled by the game. There's no way you could have pried us from in front of the boob tube.



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User currently offlineywgfarmer From Canada, joined May 2007, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5162 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 15):
I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

Because it was the Olympics, it was Canada vs USA a very longstanding rivalry and more people were happy to watch it than those who got "pissed" about it.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 15):

I have no fanatical interest in any sport and I would not want my flight delayed for such ridiculous reasons.

I feel sorry for you. That must suck not being passionate over something like a sport in the Olympics. The reason the flight was delayed is not ridiculous. The majority of people there were obviously interested and if it got under the skin of a handful of bitter people, then so be it. You can't please everybody!


User currently offlineplanesmith From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

Quoting HBGDS (Reply 16):
I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

I would be pretty pissed as well. I have no fanatical interest in any sport and I would not want my flight delayed for such ridiculous reasons.

Speaking as a Brit who loves Canada - The difference between a Yank and a Canuck is clear to any sane person and this "incident" makes that doubly clear - to misquote an English football manager, Hockey isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more serious than that...


User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

Quoting tropical77W (Reply 4):
I'll be the devils advocate here, what about the people who wanted the flight to leave on time? Surely they needed to be accomodated.

Personally i'm not a big hockey fan. I wouldn't want to spoil the fun for everyone else so i'm not really going to blame the fans here. But I would be pretty pissed even if there was compensation.

Why? Did you not know what airline you were flying? Chances are about 50% of the passengers may not have been "ready" to get on the plane.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 15):
I fail to see how a sport can be more important than getting home on time.

I would be pretty pissed as well. I have no fanatical interest in any sport and I would not want my flight delayed for such ridiculous reasons.

I don''t know why you would feel like that. In Canada we are very proud of our boys and you Americans obviously don't get it. You can be pissed all you like, 80% of Canadians at that moment were watching the game, or watched some of the game and you will just have to wait. This is just like the Henderson Goal in 1972. To a Canadian, these are the defining moments in our culture.



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User currently offlineghYHZ From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

Hockey is something that defines us as Canadian……It’s standing around the rink at 7am with the other dads and watching your kids out on the ice practicing……And the only thing keeping you warm is that “Timmys” in your hand (and you probably have to be Canadian to know what that is too!)

25 C172Akula : Nope, AC only has an AVOD system so no live TV for their flights. WS has the live TV and even they delayed flights due to people watching the game in
26 threepoint : You had me until the Timmys comment. So sad that bland, generic, mega-chain crap coffee is a part of our identity. Few countries can offer the opport
27 PeterPuck : Playoff hockey even trumps booty calls. (unless it's Jessica Alba)
28 threepoint : You mean, unless you're French-Canadian. Rumour has it doggy-style was invented in Quebec so that both partners could watch the game.
29 ghYHZ : Here, it’s Timmys or nothing......And we have three in town (pop 4500)……the closest Second Cup or whatever they call that big city stuff is 3 h
30 Post contains images CharlieNoble : We're proud of our boys and girls too! You've got to keep in mind that a relatively small portion of the US population lives where hockey is a major
31 Post contains images CharlieNoble : LOL, I'm thinking "what better thing would I have had to do once I got home?" Good for you Canada, we'll get you next time. Maybe.
32 Post contains images B777LRF : Flew over Denmark back when they won the European cup, early 1990ies. The Copenhagen Area Controller was absolutely ace, all clearances went something
33 threepoint : Well there is NHL hockey near the vast majority of the US population. But apart from certain areas of the NE and upper Midwest, you're right - it's s
34 Fly2HMO : Maybe it's because this is not a mechanical or weather delay but a totally AVOIDABLE and therefore UNJUSTIFIABLE delay in a flight THAT PEOPLE PAID F
35 rikkus67 : Hope she came away with the right coloured medal!
36 Emirates773ER : Alright people, lets just restore some common sense to our statements. Just because we love hockey as a nation does not mean we should start delaying
37 pictues : Its Canada Hockey does Trump everything, and it's one day, they don;t delay due to NHL hockey just the Olympic Gold Medal game
38 brilondon : Goody for you. Don't come to Canada then if you feel so impassioned about getting home during the Olympic hockey gold medal game. Justin case you did
39 KQ787 : absolutely right. the same people could just as well complain about a charity marathons that close down some streets, car accidents that back up traf
40 ACDC8 : Maybe because its something that most people actually don't mind being delayed over. As pointed out above, its not a regular thing, AC stated that th
41 Post contains links AirCanada014 : Sorry for your information that isn't my quote above. If you read my two posts above it doesn't that quote. I know the american's are proud of their
42 Post contains images aogdesk : This is awesome!!! I can't possibly imagine being being forced to step away from the TV to board a flight during those last few minutes. It was an awe
43 Post contains images aogdesk : Reading this as I sit here at the rink with my Timmies here in the good old US of A. That Canadian stuff rubs off on us here in Buffalo Time to roll
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