Ever been frustrated by an airport delay or by an airline that won't respond to your complaint?
One passenger took it to the next level after waiting so long for compensation over a marathon mechanical delay that authorities threatened to impound the airline's jet until it paid her $680.
Officials threatened to impound the Thomas Cook Airlines plane.
The German vacationer had been waiting four years for the payout after her Thomas Cook Airlines flight from Vienna, Austria, to the Caribbean took off 22 hours late.
A court order for payment was secured, and an official informed Salzburg Airport Friday that he was empowered to ground a Thomas Cook Airlines jet — worth tens of millions of dollars — until the outstanding amount was paid.
Thomas Cook's sister airline, Condor, immediately paid the money so that the aircraft did not need to be impounded and no enforcement action was needed.
This is the first time I've seen any real punishment threatened toward an airliner not giving the compensation they were meant to.
Now there's precedence it'll be interesting to see whether it happens more often.
[Edited 2016-04-06 01:19:42]