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(NBC Connecticut)   Passengers stranded on plane for 7 hours with no bathrooms and water. Or, as JetBlue calls it, Saturday   (nbcconnecticut.com ) divider line
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2011-10-30 02:30:08 PM  
Did they at least offer lemon-soaked napkins?
 
2011-10-30 02:56:50 PM  
I'm fairly well-versed in airside operations and for the life of me I cannot think of one good reason airlines do this. If people want to get off the plane, let them get the fark off the plane. shiat, just bring an airstairs so they can get out and stretch their legs, not feel confined.

So what is it, liability? Or is it because the FAA doesn't want people walking through the SIDA area? Every airport should have a contingency for this.

What a joke.
 
2011-10-30 03:00:22 PM  

Sir- What kind of plane is it?
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Oh, it's a big, pretty, white plane with a cute red nose cone and a blue tail, curtains in the windows, and wheels, and it looks kind of like a big Tylenol.

 
2011-10-30 03:04:22 PM  
This is BS.
A situation like this calls for many passengers having 'panic attacks' and forcing the airlines to let them off.
What's up with no water or toilets?
No excuse for this.
 
2011-10-30 03:17:34 PM  
How hard is it to pop the emergency slide at hour 3 and let people walk to the farking terminal?
 
2011-10-30 03:52:55 PM  
um...isn't it kind of against the law to trap passengers on the tarmac for that long?
 
2011-10-30 04:16:07 PM  

Weaver95: um...isn't it kind of against the law to trap passengers on the tarmac for that long?


U.S. airlines that keep travelers on the plane longer than three hours owe fines of $27,500 per passenger, so the fine to Jetblue will be quite hefty. Of course the airline will blame the airport and it will be fought out in the courts for years. Congressional hearings will be held where the head of Jetblue and the head of the airport will be called to testify and be yelled at by Congressmen and woman looking to score brownie points with their constituents back home. Nothing will come of these hearings, nothing ever does.

A class action lawsuit will occur that will drag on for years. In the end the judge/jury will award $5 million to the plaintiffs. That will all go to the lawyers and the passengers who were held hostage on the plane for 7 hours will get coupons for $10 off their next Jetblue flight.

Of course the CEO of Jetblue will release a statement tomorrow apologizing and promising each passenger a full refund and a future free round trip flight of their choice. He might even go wild and offer them 2 free round trip flights. That doesn't make up for what happened to them. After all the times this has happened in the past every airport in the country should have a contingency plan ready to go if a plane gets trapped on the tarmac. You have stairs. Bring them and have a bus waiting at the bottom of the stairs. If worse comes to worse release the slides. I know they cause injuries, but I think most people trapped on the plane for 7 hours with no food and overflowing toilets will accept that risk to GTF off the plane. If this is already happening in October it's going to be a long winter. Snow happens, airports/airline should have a plan on how to deal with it that doesn't involve keeping passengers held hostage on the tarmac for 7 hours when they could walk to the terminal in 10 minutes.
 
2011-10-30 05:58:30 PM  
Broke the new three-hour rule. How big a fine is that?

/Or isn't the administration enforcing that particular regulation?
 
2011-10-30 06:02:00 PM  
After hour three, I would have just ignored the stewardess and pulled the emergency slide. There's no call for trapping people in those kinds of conditions for seven hours. An hour, maybe, two is pushing it, three is a line. After that there should be no fines to any passenger that leaves right then and there.
 
2011-10-30 06:03:46 PM  

GAT_00: How hard is it to pop the emergency slide at hour 3 and let people walk to the farking terminal?


It's not that hard to pop the slide, it's much harder to put it back. Chances are someone will get hurt doing it.
 
2011-10-30 06:13:27 PM  

change1211: GAT_00: How hard is it to pop the emergency slide at hour 3 and let people walk to the farking terminal?

It's not that hard to pop the slide, it's much harder to put it back. Chances are someone will get hurt doing it.


If I was stuck on a plane that long, someone WOULD be getting hurt. Most likely me, but it's the thought that counts.
 
2011-10-30 06:17:28 PM  

AbbeySomeone: This is BS.
What's up with no water or toilets?
No excuse for this.


To be fair to the airlines, if there are no toilets available, it would be unwise to give passengers any fluids.

But, still bullshait.
 
2011-10-30 06:19:39 PM  

GAT_00: How hard is it to pop the emergency slide at hour 3 and let people walk to the farking terminal?


Grab two beers and go for it.....
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2011-10-30 06:20:08 PM  

Walker: U.S. airlines that keep travelers on the plane longer than three hours owe fines of $27,500 per passenger, so the fine to Jetblue will be quite hefty.


Screw the "fines". Have the airlines cut a check at debarkation of $27,500 to each and every passenger on that flight.

Let's see how many times they pull this after that rule is in effect.
 
2011-10-30 06:41:40 PM  

change1211: GAT_00: How hard is it to pop the emergency slide at hour 3 and let people walk to the farking terminal?

It's not that hard to pop the slide, it's much harder to put it back. Chances are someone will get hurt doing it.


Fark 'em for letting it get that far.

And may the CEO of JetBlue pay the fine out of his own pocket.
 
2011-10-30 06:53:58 PM  

Charlie Freak: I'm fairly well-versed in airside operations and for the life of me I cannot think of one good reason airlines do this. If people want to get off the plane, let them get the fark off the plane. shiat, just bring an airstairs so they can get out and stretch their legs, not feel confined.

So what is it, liability? Or is it because the FAA doesn't want people walking through the SIDA area? Every airport should have a contingency for this.

What a joke.


csb

Shortly after 9/11 (which changed everything, EVERYTHING) I was on a Southwest flight to Corpus Christi. After leaving Love Field a lady in front of me found a gum wrapper or two with bomb threats on them. When we landed in Houston they taxied the plane over to a remote part of the airport and we waited for, at best, 30 minutes for a stairway and enough buses to show up to take everyone to the terminal at once. Only reason it took a long time was because they made everyone go down one the stairs one at a time

/csb

So I know it can't take that long, certainly not over 2 hours
 
2011-10-30 07:01:19 PM  
I'm really, really curious as to how stuff like this happens now, and happened before we had to codify these rules in law before airlines got the message. Could the plane not move? Send emergency personnel and some old-fashioned stairs (if they can reach.) If the plane can move, find a God damn open gate, and if none are available MAKE ONE AVAILABLE.

I read a few articles on this today, and I really can't decide who's at fault here. JetBlue or Bradley Int'l. Of course, there's always the chance that it was just epic fail all around.
 
2011-10-30 07:09:17 PM  

The angry fist of God: To be fair to the airlines, if there are no toilets available, it would be unwise to give passengers any fluids.


If an airline is going to hijack its own plane and passengers, it's going to have to deal with a piss-soaked plane, afterwards.
 
2011-10-30 07:13:04 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: After hour three, I would have just ignored the stewardess and pulled the emergency slide. There's no call for trapping people in those kinds of conditions for seven hours. An hour, maybe, two is pushing it, three is a line. After that there should be no fines to any passenger that leaves right then and there.


Enjoy jail. Seriously, they'll dress it up as a zero-tolerance, anti-terrorism thing and string you up for a felony. I also wish you could just revolt on a plane that has you captive, but the law has become so twisted and out of control since 9/11 there's basically nothing you can do.

I want to know why the fark they can't just bring out a shuttle to get people to the terminal. It's standard practice in every European airport I've ever been in.
 
2011-10-30 07:15:51 PM  

Weaver95: um...isn't it kind of against the law to trap passengers on the tarmac for that long?


It is. They actually passed a law a couple years back partly due to a flight I was on that was used as an example for the reform. On a frozen tarmac in Columbus Ohio I sat on a stationary plane for 9 hours. It was scheduled as a 3hr flight...I boarded the plane at 8am and arrived at my destination at 10pm. It was not a good day.
 
2011-10-30 07:17:40 PM  
Shut up and conform, peasants!
 
2011-10-30 07:18:23 PM  
Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.
 
2011-10-30 07:41:31 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: After hour three, I would have just ignored the stewardess and pulled the emergency slide. There's no call for trapping people in those kinds of conditions for seven hours. An hour, maybe, two is pushing it, three is a line. After that there should be no fines to any passenger that leaves right then and there.

Enjoy jail. Seriously, they'll dress it up as a zero-tolerance, anti-terrorism thing and string you up for a felony. I also wish you could just revolt on a plane that has you captive, but the law has become so twisted and out of control since 9/11 there's basically nothing you can do.

I want to know why the fark they can't just bring out a shuttle to get people to the terminal. It's standard practice in every European airport I've ever been in.


Good luck finding a jury to convict that.
 
2011-10-30 07:49:57 PM  
Stuck on a plane with no bathroom and they refuse to let you off? Just piss in a corner. See how long they keep you then.
 
2011-10-30 08:06:50 PM  
This wouldn't have happened if the PATRIOT Act was repealed.
 
2011-10-30 08:09:11 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Good luck finding a jury to convict that.


What jury? You'll be shipped off to Gitmo as a terr'ist. If you're lucky you might dropped off in another country and shot by CIA officials.
 
2011-10-30 08:11:41 PM  

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: Stuck on a plane with no bathroom and they refuse to let you off? Just piss in a corner. See how long they keep you then.


Sex usually gets their attention. Ask for a blanket, and you and Mrs Evil Kirk join the 1/250th of a mile high club.

Be sure to be noisy and enthusiastic. As led on the perp walk, tell reporters your wife was having a panic attack, and you were calming her down...
 
2011-10-30 08:13:04 PM  
take a dump in your seat.
 
2011-10-30 08:14:11 PM  
Something like this happened to my mom once. Her plane was sitting out there for something like 5 hours before it took off. I have no idea how that's legal.
 
2011-10-30 08:20:02 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Only reason it took a long time was because they made everyone go down one the stairs one at a time


I hope it wasn't as awkward as it sounds. :-)

Airlines must pay to use gates and if the passengers disembark, other fees may have to be paid as well.
 
2011-10-30 08:23:02 PM  
Sounds like an entire plane full of passengers all forgot to pack their pee bibs. You never forget to pack your pee bib.
 
2011-10-30 08:30:01 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Sounds like an entire plane full of passengers all forgot to pack their pee bibs. You never forget to pack your pee bib.


1) NASA industrial grade Depends

2) Fill your 32oz collection of TSA approved 3 ounce bottles with drinking water.

3) Pop-tarts, Pop-tarts, Pop-tarts! To eat, to trade for other goodies, and most importantly, to shut up those whiny toddlers!

/prefers to take the train whenever practical
 
2011-10-30 08:30:03 PM  
Upset and no bathrooms?

Sounds like another #Occupy movement

/Well, maybe "movement" isn't a good word to use here...
 
2011-10-30 08:35:27 PM  

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: Stuck on a plane with no bathroom and they refuse to let you off? Just piss in a corner. See how long they keep you then.


BalugaJoe: take a dump in your seat.


How uncivilized. You can use the barf bags for that.
 
2011-10-30 08:48:57 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: After hour three, I would have just ignored the stewardess and pulled the emergency slide. There's no call for trapping people in those kinds of conditions for seven hours. An hour, maybe, two is pushing it, three is a line. After that there should be no fines to any passenger that leaves right then and there.

Enjoy jail. Seriously, they'll dress it up as a zero-tolerance, anti-terrorism thing and string you up for a felony. I also wish you could just revolt on a plane that has you captive, but the law has become so twisted and out of control since 9/11 there's basically nothing you can do.

I want to know why the fark they can't just bring out a shuttle to get people to the terminal. It's standard practice in every European airport I've ever been in.

Good luck finding a jury to convict that.


Like you'd ever see a jury....
 
2011-10-30 08:53:50 PM  

BalugaJoe: take a dump in your seat. the galley

 
2011-10-30 09:18:59 PM  

Charlie Freak: I'm fairly well-versed in airside operations and for the life of me I cannot think of one good reason airlines do this. If people want to get off the plane, let them get the fark off the plane. shiat, just bring an airstairs so they can get out and stretch their legs, not feel confined.


They might not want people walking around on the tarmac in case somebody drops a pen or something and it gets sucked into an engine.

But after a few hours, you'd think they could scare up a set of stairs and a couple loaders to walk behind everybody and pick up any FOD.
 
2011-10-30 09:22:19 PM  
that's called Pure Capitalism and Freedom, baby!!
 
2011-10-30 09:24:09 PM  
and if you promise to take a sh*t before you take off, the Jet won't use as much fuel and the airline's profits will up as your ticket price goes up too!! everybody wins!!


isn't Freedom great!
 
2011-10-30 09:35:21 PM  
Check the small print on your ticket:


* Complainers will be marked for extra anal probing before future flights.
 
2011-10-30 09:37:26 PM  

Karac: Charlie Freak: I'm fairly well-versed in airside operations and for the life of me I cannot think of one good reason airlines do this. If people want to get off the plane, let them get the fark off the plane. shiat, just bring an airstairs so they can get out and stretch their legs, not feel confined.

They might not want people walking around on the tarmac in case somebody drops a pen or something and it gets sucked into an engine.

But after a few hours, you'd think they could scare up a set of stairs and a couple loaders to walk behind everybody and pick up any FOD.


This. They do it at KOA every single day. You just need a couple of people to keep the line from moving west or east when it needs to go north, and one ramper bringing up the rear. If there are airstairs at the the airport, they'll get up to anything Jet Blue flies.
 
2011-10-30 10:04:33 PM  
Last winter when this sort of thing was happening, it was a TSA issue. They couldn't allow people to come and go because there weren't any agents at the airports to process them.
Safety first, sheeple!
 
2011-10-30 10:28:03 PM  

buzzcut73: If there are airstairs at the the airport, they'll get up to anything Jet Blue flies.


They probably didn't want to deal with hop-ons.

/you'll be getting some hop-ons
 
2011-10-30 10:36:41 PM  
I would think that after hour 3 that people would get on their smart phones and get the local news organizations involved.
 
2011-10-30 10:45:06 PM  

cyberspacedout: Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: Stuck on a plane with no bathroom and they refuse to let you off? Just piss in a corner. See how long they keep you then.

BalugaJoe: take a dump in your seat.

How uncivilized. You can use the barf bags for that.


The barf bag is for wiping. Duh...
 
2011-10-30 11:07:58 PM  
Is there some sort of contingency plan for folks who have to use the bathroom? Because there's no way certain folks - young children, the elderly, those who just ate at the airport Sbarro - can hold it for seven hours. Sometimes when you've gotta go, you've gotta go RIGHT. THEN. So what, then? Do the airlines just make the person shiat their pants? Wouldn't surprise me, but still.

Call me an ITG, but people are friggin' gutless today. There's no way - no way - passengers should have to put up with this. Start a chant, start a riot, do something! Don't just sit there in your damn seat! Believe me, no jury would convict, and the court of public opinion would side pretty heavily with the passengers.

God this country needs a decent railway network. Outside of the Northeast corridor, that is.
 
2011-10-30 11:17:00 PM  

McManus_brothers: Call me an ITG, but people are friggin' gutless today. There's no way - no way - passengers should have to put up with this. Start a chant, start a riot, do something! Don't just sit there in your damn seat! Believe me, no jury would convict, and the court of public opinion would side pretty heavily with the passen


Ten bucks says police will be called, you'd be arrested, and everyone else would remain stuck on the plane.
 
2011-10-30 11:30:25 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: McManus_brothers: Call me an ITG, but people are friggin' gutless today. There's no way - no way - passengers should have to put up with this. Start a chant, start a riot, do something! Don't just sit there in your damn seat! Believe me, no jury would convict, and the court of public opinion would side pretty heavily with the passen

Ten bucks says police will be called, you'd be arrested, and everyone else would remain stuck on the plane.


But you'd be off the plane.

And if passengers would stand up for their rights and stick together, I doubt we'd so see so much of this.
 
2011-10-30 11:54:18 PM  

McManus_brothers: Satanic_Hamster: McManus_brothers: Call me an ITG, but people are friggin' gutless today. There's no way - no way - passengers should have to put up with this. Start a chant, start a riot, do something! Don't just sit there in your damn seat! Believe me, no jury would convict, and the court of public opinion would side pretty heavily with the passen

Ten bucks says police will be called, you'd be arrested, and everyone else would remain stuck on the plane.

But you'd be off the plane.

And if passengers would stand up for their rights and stick together, I doubt we'd so see so much of this.


They'd arrest every one of them. Threaten or even charge them with terrorism or interference with a flight crew.
 
2011-10-31 12:06:38 AM  

AcneVulgaris: Smeggy Smurf: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: After hour three, I would have just ignored the stewardess and pulled the emergency slide. There's no call for trapping people in those kinds of conditions for seven hours. An hour, maybe, two is pushing it, three is a line. After that there should be no fines to any passenger that leaves right then and there.

Enjoy jail. Seriously, they'll dress it up as a zero-tolerance, anti-terrorism thing and string you up for a felony. I also wish you could just revolt on a plane that has you captive, but the law has become so twisted and out of control since 9/11 there's basically nothing you can do.

I want to know why the fark they can't just bring out a shuttle to get people to the terminal. It's standard practice in every European airport I've ever been in.

Good luck finding a jury to convict that.

Like you'd ever see a jury....


That'd go ever well. Declare an entire planeful of people terrorists because they need to take a piss.
 
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