A number of years ago, I was on a UA
which had to make a fuel stop in CTS. Narita also had fog, and with stronger than anticipated headwinds, we wouldn't have had enough fuel to circle waiting for NRT
I was in Business upstairs on the 744. We had similar problems with fuel in CTS because UA
doesn't fly there. There were only two bilingual F/A's on board, who were handling the reams of paperwork with the ground crew (none of whom spoke English because there were no more international flights that time of the evening), and I was asked to stand in the cockpit and interpret between the fuel crew and the pilot, which was a huge honor for me. I don't think the captain had to pull out his Amex card, but some arrangements were made via more paperwork.
90 minutes later, we were of the ground en route to NRT
. Some passengers were wanting to get off in CTS since that was their final destination, but they were refused because we had to use NRT
as our point of entry. I don't think they made their connections.