Check out this Star Tribune article about an ExpressJet ERJ (operating on behalf of Continental) diverting to Rochester. Basically passengers were stuck in this absolute torture tube of a plane overnight. Of course no one accepts responsibility, and as it turns out this was in the interest of the safety of passengers:
But passenger safety and the legal requirements of airlines were top priorities.
What am I missing here? I’ve been in a CRJ for six hours once, but that was because of bad weather at JFK, and at the four hour mark we returned to the gate. That’s about all I was going to tolerate. What I don’t understand, though, is how passengers tolerated this. Are you friggin’ kidding me? I would have called 911 to start with, and take it from there. Literally trapping passengers in an ERJ overnight is TORTURE in the highest form.
This is why we need a passenger bill of rights….