Thursday, August 25, 2016

BRITISH FLIGHT Delayed by Crew Argument Covered on TWITTER

It was a bad day to fly for passengers of an easyJet flight when they found themselves delayed for over an hour before taking off. And what was the reason? It was a heated argument between some of the cabin crew over some painfully mundane service concerns.

The Daily Mail reports that easyJet Flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast was just about to taxi to the runway when a loud squabble broke out between two members of the cabin crew. The squabbling personnel were caught on the cellphone camera of British television presenter Dan Lobb, who for the lack of anything to do began live-tweet coverage of the spat and its consequences.

That became necessary when the hold-up delayed preparations for takeoff. Eventually the captain made the decision to return the plane to the loading gate in order to switch off the offending crew members for new ones. Lobb noted that the disagreement that sparked the incident wasn’t even over any important matter related to the flight; the offending crew apparently just had a mutual strong dislike for each other, to the point that they were critiquing one another’s handling of water bottles for the passengers. One could visualize Lobb shaking his head on revealing this mundane reason for inconvenience on his third tweet.

“They just don’t like each other!” “Because a couple crew members don’t get on, the whole @easyJet flight has been delayed!! Unbelievable.” These were merely a sampling of Lobb’s tweets of frustration. He snapped a picture of the captain making his announcement of the delay and added, “The captain is explaining why we're being delayed! This is unreal. 2 crew members being offloaded!!”

Also stuck in the delayed flight was the band duo Disclosure. They too had a field day on Twitter about their circumstances.

When the issue was finally resolved, over an hour later, Lobb gave one last tweet detailing that they eventually arrived in Belfast 90 minutes late. He had every right to be exasperated; there were plenty of young children and babies on the flight, he noted, and when kids needed to stay still for long, they just don’t. Warm temperatures at the back of the plane also made the babies uncomfortable. In all, the flight had been some shallow level of hell for all involved.

In the aftermath of the bizarre trip, the management of the London-based easyJet carrier – offering low-cost flights – presented a statement to CNN clarifying the events that took placed. It went: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast returned to stand to replace two crew members following a verbal disagreement between them. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easy Jet's highest priority and in order to deliver this easyJet's cabin crew need to be able to work as a team. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the resulting delay. The flight has now continued to Belfast.

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