|Quoting EIRules (Reply 8):|
UIO-MAD with IB last year. The A340 was ok but 13 hours on an IB economy flight is never the best. Then we had to make an emergency landing due to a fight between to passengers so spent another 2 hours on the ground in GRU and were not allowed off the plane. Nightmare
The flight was UIO
and you had to make an emergency stop at GRU
It sounds as if flying MIA
and making an emergency stop in YYZ
Are you sure the flight didn't stop at CCS
or some other place along the flight route instead?
Unless there's a technical problem that does not allow the flight to continue then there would be no reason to let the pax off the aircraft, even more if you are at a country which is not the departure/arrival country. If this was the case then I think the local authorities would have to give authorization first due to immigration laws so it would not depend on the Captain's decision.
Back to the topic, the worst flights I have been on were the following:
on an IB
A340. October 2005. I was tired, sunburnt, sweaty and the passenger in front of me kept the entire flight leaning her nose against the window, breathing deeply and sending me her HORRIBLE stinky breath through the space between her seatback and the window. It felt as if she had been eating raw garlic all day. It was just TERRIBLE and the girl sitting next to me was staring at me with a disgusting face, thinking that I was responsible for that smell until I told her: "don't stare at me like that!!...it's the woman in front of us who stinks".
There was also a big group of football (soccer) players onboard that were flying back to Madrid, and they kept the entire flight playing cards, making LOUD noise, laughing, disturbing people on an entire section of economy class with their rudeness. I went to the front of the aircraft and spoke to the chief purser, who went to that area and dimmed the cabin lights thus not having to argue with all of them and at the same time made it difficult for them to continue palying cards.
Unfortunately a few minutes later another crew member put the lights back to normal upon someone's request so the group went back to their "public square" behaviour.
While this happened, one of the people travelling with me kept the entire flight complaining and whining about everything, even before taking off from LPA
. The aircraft was still on the tarmac while passengers were boarding and the whining had already started.
Thank God the flight took just 2 hrs. I was about to EXPLODE in those circumstances.
The other flight was a flight between GUA
and FRS on an old/stinky/run down-semi-destroyed Nord 262. The weather was terrible. A typical stormy tropical afternoon when we took off. I think it was not the excessive bumpiness which made me nervous but the fact that the aircraft was falling apart. God it felt like one of those DC3 aircraft shown in comedy movies carrying poultry.
My seat was broken and I had to be careful not to put my back against the seatback or I would end up on the lap of the guy sitting behind.
Other than that, most of my 200+ flights have been between OK