LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The “Airline Passenger Revolt of 2012″, so it has been dubbed, finally got resolved this week. But the fall-out from the United Airlines revolt is still dominating news today as passengers speak about their ordeal. The Airline Passenger Revolt erupted after passengers from Shanghai, China to New Jersey were planning to have a flight time of thirteen hours. Instead, United Flight 87 had a flight time of three days, interspersed with violence.
United Flight 87 featured 225 happy passengers en route back to Newark airport on Wednesday. But soon, the situation turned violent after multiple cancellations delayed the flight for three days. The issue was the condition of the Boeing 777 and erroneous scheduling. While the aircraft needed to be repaired, someone in the booking department needed some changes themselves. They erroneously booked the same flight crew too frequently, preventing them to fly either.
But the terror didn’t end there. With three delays, passengers never had access to their luggage. During the ordeal, United put the passengers up in hotels. But when a replacement plane showed up, new passengers were told that it was their aircraft. That’s went the purported “revolt” occurred. The stranded passengers reportedly revolted, blocking newly departing passengers from getting their aircraft.
The pilot tried to become a peacemaker. He told passengers “”That is the only way we’re going to get out of here. … My crew, the other crew, we want to go as much as you do”. He added “I can tell you the alternative is, if we don’t have cooperation boarding here, these planes may leave empty.” As one passenger told ABC News, “Some of the Chinese people wouldn’t get off the plane. They were protesting, and the other people were trying to break down the door trying to get back in the airport”.