9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 5 Posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3345 times:
According To Local Press and other sources, A Northwest Flight to New York had to be evacuated before pulling away from the gate due to 2 passengers onboard requested getting off the plane.
Flight 018 to New York (JFK) via Tokyo was supposed to takeoff at 08:26am on Monday.During the preparation of the pilot and F.A, 2 Foreigners onboard in Economt Class requested to leave the plane immediately.
Airport Authorities said that the 2 passengers told the crew they would wish to leave the plane but gave no reasons.Due to the unstabilize emotions of both of the passengers and seemed to be very, very frightened and afraid, Northwest Staff had to get the bags in the cabin of the 2 passengers and evacuated the 324 passengers onboard due to no reason why both passengers wanted to get off the plane.Some passengers did panic but was told that everything was under control.When all 324 passengers went back to the airport lounger, staff made a safety-check again and when everything was clarified as SAFE, passengers were allowed to board again.Flight was delayed to 09:56am.
Northwest Staff explained that after the investigating on the 2 foriegners, they believe that there was no motive or at least no OFFENCIVE motive.Northweset decided NOT to make any charges, but will offer another flight for both of them to JFK again in the near future.
Braniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
NW's policy regarding people fearing for their lives is very clear; anyone, pax or employee, who fears for their safety must be allowed to leave the aircraft provided the aircraft is still on the ground.
I believe this is also a law. If the airline did not allow someone off of the aircraft they would be imprisoning them against their will.
I don't think NW did a nice thing, rather the right thing. As for the evac and inpection, I think they were right to do so for security.