Passengers stuck on the tarmac for hours on an Allegiant Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Phoenix, supposedly without air conditioning or water, put the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” into practice.
“Flight attendants leave us alone to our devices after 5 hours, 2 planes, no snacks, no water, no A/C,” a passenger going by joeypancakes on YouTube wrote of the weekend flight.
Under these conditions, joeypancakes said two people passed out and another two vomited.
What’s to do in a situation like this? In order “to avoid a mutiny, the passengers banded together in song,” joeypancakes wrote.
The song they chose? R Kelly’s 1996, No. 2 billboard hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Watch “Allegiant flight 592 delirious from heat”:
KSAZ reported the perspective of another passenger who went through the ordeal and noted the high temperature in Las Vegas reached 112 degrees Saturday:
“40 minutes turned into an hour. It was extremely hot. We were asking flight attendants what was going on with the air. Everyone was really concerned about the heat,” said Francine Gutierrez.
“One of the passengers started getting a bloody nose from the heat so she rushed to the bathroom. Followed by her was another passenger that was starting to vomit,” added Gutierrez. “A third passenger passed out in the middle of the aisle. Everyone was kind of frantic.”
“The woman that passed out, we actually had to find water in our luggage, in our carryons, so everyone was scrambling through our purses to see if they had extra water bottles.”
KSAZ reported that no public apology has been made by the airline but that vouchers of $50 to $100 were being offered to passengers. The airline also mentioned that the air conditioning is tied to the engine, which won’t start up until the plane is ready to begin taxiing.
“The pilots are constantly going through a maintenance checklist and an issue came up that they would not have boarded the airplane obviously if they were aware of this issue ahead of time, but when it did come to their attention, the safety of their passengers is their first priority,” Allegiant Airlines spokesman Brian Davis told KSAZ.
(H/T: Daily Mail)