15 Responses

  1. Keith Murray
    Keith Murray at |

    Glad you, and your ears, are OK. Mine are particularly sensitive too, particularly with something I’m going through right now, so I know I would’ve felt it. Fretful old me would’ve been concerned over open water like that, and I would be pulling me in-flight magazine atlas page to look at locations of airports in Greenland and how far we had to go to Bangor, Maine, LOL.

    Sounds like the crew in the Jetbridge was crisis-management-by-lawyers.

    Not at all surprised the return was canceled. I have had returns canceled with incoming anomalies seemingly less serious than yours, which was again to be over water.

    Once again, happy you’re OK and thanks for filling us in. Both thankful and a tad surprised that this doesn’t happen more often.

  2. Steven Sullivan
    Steven Sullivan at |

    Am I sleepy because I’m tired, or am I sleepy because there’s not enough oxygen?

  3. LeeAnn Ho
    LeeAnn Ho at |

    I would venture to say that most gate agents aren’t that interested in knowing what exactly went wrong or expect that any passenger is going to ask. I love knowing this kind of stuff but I am probably in the minority. Interesting to note how they handled the situation on the ground by offering comfort and asking if you would care to speak to someone else.

  4. Tara Einziger Kar
    Tara Einziger Kar at |

    How were the other passengers when all this was going on?

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I didn’t get up and walk around to pay it much attention. And I was in business class so couldn’t see everyone else on board. While I was talking to the agents after we landed only one other person of about 75-100 also stopped. And then I moved on.

  5. Jonathan
    Jonathan at |

    I’d say you lost a pack. Basically just an air conditioning compressor type of thing that sucks air from the engines into the cabin to keep the cabin pressurized. Not serious enough to divert, but it seems to be on the MEL, so they can’t dispatch the aircraft till it is fixed.

  6. Charles Kennedy
    Charles Kennedy at |

    when did this happen?

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  7. Maureen
    Maureen at |

    Seth, Glad you are OK & remainder of the flight was normal. Good thing you didn’t have a cold, as that +sensitive ears could have = painful earaches. Have to ask: did not the BA kit socks assist in warming freezing toes?

  8. JB
    JB at |

    Air conditioning PACKs are responsible for providing the conditioned air in the cabin. There is a valve, called an outflow valve, which regulates how much of that air is allowed to escape the airplane’s pressure vessle. Normally you have two packs, both of which operate at the same time to proivde coniditioned air. It seems one of them on your flight decided it didnt feel like working all of the way to New York. When that happened, there would have been a change in the volume of air being pumped into the cabin. Thus, the position the outflow valve was in to maintain the selected cabin pressure altitude, would have needed to change to compensate for the decreased flow. Thus, your ears felt it! Typically, a loss of a pack is more of an inconvenience. Airlines will routinely dispatch aircraft with one of them inoperative, provided certain conditions can be met, like not cruising as high,etc. The only problem comes in when you lose the second one! Then you have an emergency and need to get to 10,000 ft in short order.

  9. Maarten Van Den Driessche
    Maarten Van Den Driessche at |

    They flew back empty to LHR as BA9173.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      And re-entered service on the 25th as BA177, LHR-JFK. Diverted to BOS because of the storms but eventually made it to New York.