One passenger on an American flight from San Francisco said there were no available gates when her plane arrived at O'Hare around 12:35 a.m. The passengers remained on the plane until 4:55 a.m., she said. While some passengers slept, the flight attendants showed the movie "A Cinderella Story" to keep people entertained.
When I was with United Express, I worked at O'Hare from 97-98 and I've NEVER seen all of AA's gates used overnight... this is a total crock. Why couldn't they just park in the alley, deboard via air-stairs and bus passengers in??? I mean AA has a massive fleet of employee shuttle busses that were probably sitting idle.. but come on! They could have at least opened up the cafeteria at K19 for these folks, rather than throwing pretzels and a movie at them for 4 hours...
although I bet they made the pax pay for headsets!