Thursday, the New York Post reported that the captain of a Chatauqua Airlines flight en route from Asheville, N.C. to New York’s La Guardia airport accidently locked himself in the bathroom and couldn’t get out.
The door allegedly jammed and when the pilot began pounding on the door — he had to get out to land the plane – a concerned passenger heard him and tried to alert the flight crew.
Making matters worse, when the passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, he startled the co-pilot who then radioed the tower to tell them he was suspicious of a man with a thick, foreign accident who was trying to gain access to the cockpit and was telling him the captain was locked in the bathroom.
Eventually, the plane landed — the captain fought his way out of the bathroom — but not before fighter planes were put on alert and the FBI and Port Authority were on the ground, at the ready.
Also on Thursday, it was reported that an Illinois man is suing Southwest Airlines. Why? Because the airline has stopped honoring coupons for free drinks, Reuters reported.
The airline had distributed hundreds of thousands of the coupons for the free to select travelers. On August 1, 201, Southwest changed its police that the tickets would only be redeemable on the date of issue.
Plaintiff Adam Levitt filed the lawsuit which seeks class-action status for Southwest customers in the U.S. with unredeemed drink tickets. The tickets are estimated to be worth $5 each.
Talk about feeling the sting of the cost of flying these days: Passengers on a Comtel flight from Amristar, India to Birmingham, England, Tuesday were asked to pony up more cash to get to their final destination.
The flight had stopped in Vienna, Asutria to refuel but when the plane was on the ground they were told that the money paid to travel agents had not been transferred to the airline. (The flight was contracted by Spanish airline Mint Lineas Aereas to Comtel.)
We know communication can be tricky in the business world, but this seems to be a serious lapse of the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing.
After more than six hours — and about $175 per passenger — the plane eventually left Vienna for Birmingham.