I have been on a number of AA
flights where the flight was held for as few as two people. Once, on a 757 flight from ORD
, my flight was late. It was coming from SNA
, but had diverted to MSP
due to snow at ORD
At one point, the gate agent had backed the jet bridge away from the aircraft. Then, several minutes later, the jet bridge was moved up to the forward door, and two more people boarded.
It turns out that the next flight to BOS
had gone from half empty to overbooked due to ours being delayed, so the extra passengers had been walked over to my flight.
An interesting one was the case on my in-laws. They were flying DAY
. The DAY
flight was late. As they taxied into the gate, the captain announced that all passengers who were not connecting for European flights to remain in their seats until those who were connecting had deplaned.
A gate agent met my in-laws and told them to start running, because the London flight was at the other end of the terminal (not the new midfield terminal at DTW
Turned out that NW
held the LGW
departure for 5 minutes. Apparently, NW
didn't want to spend the money to put my in-laws on the BA
flight for LHR