Pan Am flew to Winnepeg when the epileptic Iranian passenger (mentioned previously) had a midflight seizure 30,000 feet above Canada in June 1987. There was an emergency landing in Winnipeg (which did not have regular scheduled Pan Am service) and the Iranian was rushed off the plane. It being 1987, the Canadian authorities did not want to take the poor Iranian into custody, so instead they had the Pan Am flight wait while the airport doctors pumped him full of drugs. Two hours later, the Iranian was returned to the aircraft. The Pan Am 747, dwarfing all other aircraft at the Winnipeg airport, taxied out to the runway. While waiting for clearance to depart, the Iranian had a second seizure. The PA 747 returned to the terminal, and the Iranian was rushed off. This time the Canadian authorities felt they had no choice but to keep him. However, Pan Am's crew felt obligated to leave the Iranian's luggage with the Iranian. Therefore, they asked all passengers to disembark and claim their luggage from a carousel. We poor passengers then had to claim our luggage from one carousel and put it on another. What was left over was given to the Iranian. You can imagine the difficulties for three hundred half-asleep passengers (we were on an already delayed flight from LHR to LAX). The Iranian wound up "inheriting" an amazing pile of luggage. I would say he wound up with about 30 pieces of unclaimed luggage! This is why I think that Pan Am's crew were idiots. Six hours after our original unscheduled landing in Winnipeg, we departed for Los Angeles. We arrived at 1:30AM rather than 4:00 PM. Pan Am tried to refuse to put its connecting passengers up in a hotel, relenting only after an hour of ceaseless complaints from its inconvenienced passengers. Pan Am found a real roach motel for all of us, with a single six-person shuttle van to shuttle seventy people over to the motel.
It was unbelieveably bad service on everyone's part. Frankly, I'm glad Pan Am went out of business.