An easyJet flight from Machester, England to Alicante, Spain was delayed without one of its pilots to fly the plane. The airline had called in a reserve pilot who was going to take 90 minutes just to get to the airport. Passengers would be taking off a couple of hours late, if they were lucky. With other delayed inbound flights last weekend, the pilot might wind up assigned to a different aircraft.
Fortunately there was a passenger on the plane with flying experience
during the war that easyJet could turn to.
Passengers were “shocked by the news that a man on the flight was going to fly the plane” however he was an easyJet pilot traveling with his family. No doubt they wanted to get on with their holiday, so he stepped up. And fortunately he had his license with him.
Here the pilot gets up and explains to passengers – that he knew the airline was short of crew due to a number of delayed flights, that he’d “like to go on holiday” so since he was flying to Alicante anyway would the airline like him to fly the plane? easyJet took him up on it and positioned another pilot to Alicante to fly the aircraft back.
The pilot continues, suggesting if passengers are alright with a pilot out of uniform then they’ll all get where they’re going and everyone cheers.
Manchester – Alicante is a popular British holiday route with five different airlines offering non-stop service including British Airways. Thanks to this pilot, everyone got where they were going with a minimum of delay and no one had to go buy themselves a ticket on another carrier.