EasyJet Flight Mix-Up Sees Woman Travel To Gibraltar Instead Of Belfast
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Gemma Cargin, 25, who is from County Down but works in Manchester, was trying to head back to Belfast to see her family, and turned up at Manchester Airport for what she believed was a flight to Belfast International.
After heading her gate, which obviously turned out to be the wrong one, she boarded the wrong plane.
All the while, no-one noticed. That's even after scanning her boarding card.
Cargin told BBC News: "The TV screen that told us the flight wasn't on at the gate, so I never had a notion I could be getting on to the wrong flight."
Once she'd boarded what she thought would be her 40 minute flight across the Irish Sea, she decided to take a short nap.
Upon waking up, she was told of the ridiculous mistake.
She continued: "I woke up from my nap and I looked at the time, and I just asked: 'When are we landing, are we landing soon?'
"They told me we were landing in an hour and fifteen minutes - and I said: 'Is this flight not going to Belfast?'
"They told me it was going to Gibraltar. I said: 'Guys, I'm on the wrong flight'.
"I was shocked, I was worried, I was wondering how I was going to get home, was I going to be left in Gibraltar?
"Also, I was thinking about my parents because I knew they were picking me up and that they had no idea where I was."
Needless to say, her parents were somewhat flustered by the revelation.
In fact, not only were they wondering where she was at the airport, they were told Gemma had accidentally boarded a flight to Alicante.
Gemma added: "There was a lot of confusion. Mum was told I hadn't made it on to the Belfast flight and she said her stomach just flipped, because I had texted from the plane to say I was on my way.
"They didn't know what had happened to me.
"They were making arrangements to bring me back from Alicante and it wasn't until I landed in Gibraltar and got phone signal that I was able to let them know where I actually was.
"They were shocked."
Once they landed in Gibraltar, Gemma was allowed to get some fresh air before getting back on the plane and turning around for Manchester once again.
She took the opportunity to take a picture with the Rock of Gibraltar.
Gemma joked: "I'd never been before, so now I can tick it off the list.
"I have proof, the selfie was a souvenir."
Gemma travelled 1,198 miles from Manchester to Gibraltar, and the same distance back again. Then, she later travelled the 168 miles from Manchester to Belfast International.
A statement from easyJet said: "We are investigating with the airport and our ground handling partner at Manchester how Ms Cargin was able travel on the wrong flight.
"As soon as the mistake was realised, it was arranged for them to fly back to Manchester and on to Belfast, their original intended destination.
"Ms Cargin was looked after by our team throughout and provided with refreshments.
"We would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused."