A United Airlines flight took off from Chicago for London on Friday night and should’ve arrived the following morning but things didn’t go according to plan.
Due to maintenance issues, the plane had to be diverted to Goose Bay, Canada in Newfoundland, landing safely around 11:30 pm.
The flight crew spent the night in a hotel but there was no room for the 200 passengers.
So where did they stay?
The passengers were “were accommodated overnight and provided meals” according to a UA press release posted on ABC News. The accommodations for the passengers ended up being four barracks at a local military base.
An ABC News report states that they lined up and waited for bed assignments in unheated military barracks. (Image above.)
They were then flown to Newark Airport at 9:50 pm, almost 24 hours after arriving in Canada. After going through customs and immigration, they then caught another flight to London.
According to ABC News, “The passengers arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport approximately 33 hours late.”
Considering the passengers had a full day in Canada, I’d love to know if they were allowed to leave the barracks to look around Goose Bay? Then again, is there even anything to see there? 🙂
The passengers were refunded for their flights to London according to the press release and “one passenger said they were offered $500 in E-coupons for UA as compensation“.
Although they were well taken care of, some passengers said the biggest problem was not knowing where and when they’d be flown to.
Find out more from ABC News here.