An experienced EasyJet pilot caused mass panic on a flight from Spain to Bristol when he allegedly asked passengers to vote on whether he should fly the plane with a faulty engine or not.
The pilot, who said he had never done anything like it in 37 years of flying, asked passengers of the 36-hour-delayed flight for a show of hands on whether they should chance it.
Travellers had already suffered what could only be described as a serious ‘palaver’ having endured ‘cockroach hotels, lost buses, and no food or water’.
One man from Bath who was appointed as spokesman for the passengers, said:
The pilot himself said he’d never heard or done anything like this in 37 years of flying.
He gave us the option, asked us what he should do. He asked for a show of hands. There were some who just wanted to try it, they wanted to get home. But most didn’t. There were girls hyperventilating, lots of people were panicking.
There were elderly people on there, and lots of children. The worst thing was we had to wait another hour or two before they would actually let us off the plane.
A spokesman for EasyJet, who did not acknowledge the pilot’s alleged actions, said:
EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY9958 from Malaga to Bristol on 8 June has been delayed overnight due to a technical issue.
Passengers have been provided with meal vouchers, hotel accommodation and regulated updates.
Our engineering team worked hard to try and get passengers to get to their destination as soon as possible and originally planned for a departure on 10 June.
Unfortunately, a further technical issue occurred and the decision was made to operate the flight with a replacement aircraft from London Gatwick. The flight departed from Malaga on the 10 June.
EasyJet fleet complies with all manufacturers requirements. EasyJet passengers safety and wellbeing is our first priority.
We sincerely apologise and thank our passengers for their patience.
The pilot may have been trying to lighten the situation with a sarcastic poll, but as a fellow anxious flyer, I would not find that funny.
After 36 hours of delays, I think he will have had a pretty tough crowd.
The passengers flew home to Bristol on a subsequent flight later that day.