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LAHockey wrote:Have you been on a flight that was diverted? Reasons for diversions could be because of an emergency, hostile passengers, and airport troubles.
csturdiv wrote:Never been diverted, but last year I flew Sydney to Launceston (down in Tasmania) on Virgin Australia. When we get into the Launceston area, it started to rain and the pilot said that we were going to go into a hold until it clears off. So we just flew around the countryside for a while, which was a nice way to see more of the island.
TonyBurr wrote:Years ago I was on UA LHR-IAD, we were diverted to Bangor, Maine, because Cat Stephens was on board and considered a no flyer. Last month I was on QATAR DOH-BKK and was diverted to another Thai airport (still not sure which one) due to thunder storms in BKK. Was there about two hours. There was another QATAR plane there which had been going HAN-BKK and diverted. There was only one small fuel truck there so took some time to get enough fuel on board to take off again.
VapourTrails wrote:LAHockey wrote:Have you been on a flight that was diverted? Reasons for diversions could be because of an emergency, hostile passengers, and airport troubles.
Happened to me on QF last year from MEL to LST, but it was at night in torrential rain. Not the same experience as yours.
We went into a hold, at least half an hour, but it didn't really ease off that much so we came in anyway, it was obviously deemed safe enough to do so.
I thought the Q400 was really extra good to fly on after that night.
alggag wrote:Both times on WN and both due to weather.
1st: Flying DCA-STL-HOU. Severe thunderstorms near STL complete with tornadoes in the area. Our flight tried to land one time but was getting tossed around like a toy and the decision was made to divert to SDF. We waited a few hours then flew back to STL but of course my onward flight pushed back just as ours pulled in so I ended up spending a night in STL.
LAHockey wrote:I have a question for you all here today:
Have you been on a flight that was diverted?
dfwjim1 wrote:I was just thinking about this topic the other day. Over my lifetime I have taken about 300 flights and not once has my plane been diverted. The closest I came was on a flight from MIA to GRU when my flight was almost diverted to Campinas, Brasil due to fog in GRU.
IADCA wrote:dfwjim1 wrote:I was just thinking about this topic the other day. Over my lifetime I have taken about 300 flights and not once has my plane been diverted. The closest I came was on a flight from MIA to GRU when my flight was almost diverted to Campinas, Brasil due to fog in GRU.
Ironically given your name, the one diversion I've been on was SJC-DFW, where we initially diverted towards AUS due to thunderstorms/tornado activity near DFW but crowding at AUS saw us end up in ABI, one of four or five Mad Dogs that were there at once. Up to DFW maybe 2 hours later.
gweilo88 wrote:Several years ago, flying BKK-CAI-CDG on Egypt Air. I had headphones on watching a movie on my iPad. I noticed some commotion around and a couple of announcements but didn't pay to much attention. Then I felt the airplane start to descend differently than I had ever felt before. I have been on many flights, but never felt a plane descend at that rate. I took off my headphones, but I guess I missed the English announcement and they were announcing in Arabic which I don't understand. On the inflight map noticed we were turning around and our destination was Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The flight attendants were running around franticly so I didn't disturb anyone to ask what was happening. I was a little panicked since I was using the same carryon bag that I had used to go to Israel a year earlier. I have a bad habit of just stuffing boarding passes and receipts into different pockets of my bas and never went through the bag to be sure of clearing out evidence of Israel. I still didn't know why we were landing there, I assumed a mechanical problem and maybe we would have to deplane and go through immigration. I franticly went through my bag to and did find some airport receipt from Tel Aviv airport and tried to hide it in the seat pocket. Fortunately they didn't stamp my passport in Israel.
Shortly before we landed they made an announcement and it was clear there was a medical emergency. Upon landing and taxiing to the gate quickly, some EMTs came on the plane to attend to someone and after 20 minutes or so took them off the plane, fortunately still alive. Luckily we did not have to get off the plane. After about 2 or 3 hours we took off again for CAI.
Arriving in Cai 3 hours late, I only had a few minutes for my connection. Flying biz class there was someone there at the gate to escort me to the flight to CDG. Transferring from arrivals to departures there is only 1 security machine. We ran from the gate to the security line. After waiting in the line for about 2 minutes, my escort took me around the line to the front. He said something to the screeners in Arabic, and they just let me go around the metal detector with my carryon bag not going through x-ray and took me directly to the departure gate. I was shocked, but no complaint from me. I can't remember clearly, I think there was some sort of secondary security at the gate before getting on the plane and I was the last one to board.
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