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Brits Trapped On Plane For Five Hours After Pilot Tests Positive For Covid

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Brits Trapped On Plane For Five Hours After Pilot Tests Positive For Covid

A plane full of unfortunate Brits ended up trapped on a British Airways flight for over five hours after the pilot received news that he'd tested positive for Covid. Take a look at the moment the delay was announced below:

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The flight, which was bound for Barbados, ended up having to be grounded just before take-off after the pilot received the bad news whilst in the cockpit.

Among the passengers was Darcy Bourne, 20, a professional hockey player who plays for England, who chronicled the whole saga in a series of TikTok videos.

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Darcy had boarded her flight from London at 9am and started to become agitated after the flight still hadn't taken off nearly two hours later.

After a considerable delay, the passengers were then informed that they could not leave the plane as the pilot had tested positive for coronavirus

Credit: TikTok/@darcdikdok
Credit: TikTok/@darcdikdok

In the first of three videos made about the event, Darcy said that: "Pilot just got a text saying he tested positive so we're all stuck on the plane.

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The pilot can also be heard in the background of the video saying over the intercom: "What we're currently doing is looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing, but it's not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone."

In the second clip, Darcy posted an update, claiming that all passengers had been ejected from the plane five hours later after things started getting rowdy, and were each given a £4 voucher for food and told to wait in the departure lounge.

Credit: TikTok/@darcdikdok
Credit: TikTok/@darcdikdok

After an excruciatingly long wait, the passengers were finally allowed to board the plane again, but not before fate played the cruellest trick of all and informed the irate flyers that the test had in fact been a false positive, meaning that all this had been for nothing.

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The flight from London Heathrow to Bridgetown, Barbados should have taken nine hours to arrive - instead, passengers were stuck in transit for over seventeen hours in the end.

Thankfully, staff in Barbados were a lot more gracious than their British counterparts and offered every single one of the unlucky passengers a free bottle of Caribbean rum as an apology for the delay.

British Airways said in a statement: "We apologised and thanked customers for their patience and understanding while our teams worked hard to replace a pilot at short notice so that they could continue their journey."

They also announced that they will be contacting all of the passengers to apologise once again and to provide a gesture of goodwill at a later date.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@darcdikdok

Topics: british airways

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