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01/04/2006 02:47 AM ID: 52062 Permalink   

Airline Passengers File Charges Against Pilot


Six German airline passengers have filed charges of "false imprisonment" against the pilot of a British Airways Berlin-London flight after they were held on the plane for hours during a snowstorm and not allowed off.

Snow and ice kept the plane from taking off as passengers waited from 7 a.m. until it finally took off at 2:36 p.m. One of the passengers, Ingo Q., called police on his cell phone at 11:30 a.m. and said he was being "held hostage."

When police boarded the plane, Ingo Q. ran forward and screamed "I want to get out of here." He, his wife and another couple from Biesdorf, Germany, were finally allowed off the plane at 12:48 p.m.

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  While irritating  
its understandable that the plane would wait for the snow to subside.
As far as the passenger calling the police, just another person for BA to add to their no fly list. They would have been better off waiting, getting the flight and then complaining, then the company would have been more willing to compensate them.
  by: ssxxxssssss   01/04/2006 04:46 AM     
  More than irritating  
Usually you can't use the toilets while the plane is on the ground, so these people had to cross their legs for 7.5 hours, that has to be a violation of OH&S regs.
  by: Emanruson   01/04/2006 07:16 AM     
  The Real Culprit  
Too bad the passengers and now the pilot have to suffer for bad/stupid airport policies. Hopefully this case will force a change.
  by: kmazzawi     01/04/2006 10:17 AM     
I can't stand in the same place for 7.5 hours with probably nothing to do.
  by: s0n0fagun   01/04/2006 03:12 PM     
  It's the airport  
The Air Traffic Control tower handles all movemement of vehicles on the runways; it has nothing to do with the pilot. He can't disobey the tower.

These charges are outstandingly ignorant.
  by: theironboard     01/04/2006 03:17 PM     
  Reason they're upset  
It's not because the plane didn't go anywhere, its because they couldn't get back off the plane until the storm subsided. The article says the police said the decision to let people off is the captain's.(ie. pilot) So, it was the pilot's decision. I'm wondering how the plane could idle for 7.5 hours and still have enough fuel.
  by: justaperson     01/04/2006 03:59 PM     
7.5 hours? I would forced the door out after an hour.
  by: Calamit√©   01/04/2006 05:01 PM     
  I'm going for a walk  
and I may be some time.

Seriously... they wanted to go out into a severe snow storm? Man, damned if you do and damned if you dont!
  by: lauriesman     01/05/2006 06:25 AM     
  Passenger was darn right !  
We start seeing in Europe the same lausy airline services as in the US (except still with European prices). If BA was afraid the passengers would switch to Lufthansa there was another way of doing that...
  by: beaumarchais   01/06/2006 03:39 AM     
  I'd demand off too  
I get restless and twitchy on any flight longer than 2 hours. 7.5 waiting plus the flight would have made the blizzard tempting.
  by: jaded fox     01/06/2006 03:04 PM     
if there is a big snowstorm or rainstorm the planes are not suppose to take of anyway, they are suppose to wait for better conditions or else they wont be able to see where they are going, because remember when their was a plane in minnesota, i think the plane was on the runway getting ready to take off and the runway was icy and the plane was sliding on the ice and crash into traffic because the airport was right next to the highway, so when that happens if there is a snowstorm or a big rainstorm the planes aren't allowed to take off so you just have to deal with it.
  by: reeses1085   01/06/2006 03:10 PM     
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