Some delays are worse than others


A two hour delay getting into New York might seem pretty bad, but what would that make a two and a half month delay in getting home?

Apparently a Ghanaian charter company paid to charter the outbound flight for a tour group headed to Barbados, but never paid the airline for the return trip. So the airline never sent the plane. And after two week on the island, the 80 passengers returned to the airport to discover that no plane was coming. Here’s where things turn somewhat strange. Since it was a charter flight and since there aren’t any other flights between Ghana and Barbados (though I’m sure there are connecting options) the tourists just stayed in Barbados, waiting to hear news of when they’d be able to return. Many got jobs and/or stayed with relatives in the interim. Ultimately the Ghana and Barbados governments managed to charter a plane to fly the visitors home, ten weeks after they arrived.

Puts “normal” delays in perspective, huh?

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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