We blame the airlines for long tarmac delays, when most of the time the drivers are bad weather and airport constraints or government constraints like security or immigration.
Entourage’s Jeremy Piven flew British Airways from London, headed for New York JFK, but his flight was diverted due to weather to Philadelphia.
He was on BA183, the 8:05pm departure from London, scheduled into New York at 10:45pm.
They wouldn’t let passengers off the plane when it landed in Philadelphia because immigration facilities were closed. He shared the ordeal on Twitter.
Surely forcing passengers to wait until the next morning for immigration to arrive is the wrong answer. And surely that’s not BA’s fault, either. The government will fine airlines for long tarmac delays, but airports need to be part of the solution and immigration and customs need to have contingency plans to open and process passengers when needed.
Since I couldn’t find a ‘safe for work’ Jeremy Piven scene from Entourage worth including, here he is on Seinfeld auditioning to play George in the television series they were casting in the show (sort of a Hamlet moment).
(HT: Raj P.)