When it comes to your flight being delayed or cancelled, you tend to hear a lot of the tired old excuses again and again. ‘Exceptional circumstances’, ‘technical issues’, they’re all the same. However, sometimes flights are delayed for the oddest of reasons. We’re going to be looking at some of the most surreal and downright unbelievable reasons why people were unable to get on their flights.
Cat In The Cockpit
The first up on our list is the story of a cat inside the cockpit of the plane. And no, it wasn’t the cat of either of the pilots. Someone had brought their pet along for the ride and stowed him in the hold. However, the curious feline decided that being relegated to a travel cage wasn’t acceptable, and so he broke out and decided to have a little exploration. This all culminated in the cat finding his way into the cockpit and causing delays.
In a story which almost seems to come right out of a book, a man from LA bought himself a lot of balloons and helium. He planned to float around in his back garden for some time before using a pellet gun to shoot balloons, thus lowering his altitude. It was a good idea until he lost control and began to float up into the air, and eventually found himself 16,000 feet in the air, and in the middle of LA airspace. This, of course, caused a problem, and people on board the aircraft found a delay in getting to their destination, and obviously, those waiting for the plane were delayed as well.
We’ve all seen traditions being carried out in the streets, but there’s a high chance you’ve never seen something like this. The fire crew attempted to provide the vehicle with a water cannon burst as a form of salute, but it went sort of wrong. The button which was pressed instead expelled a large amount of foam onto the plane, which tampered with the engine and left a significant portion of the plane covered in foam. This delayed the flight for quite some time as it all had to be removed from the vehicle and everything had to be checked for signs of damage.
Overall, these are just a few of the strangest and most obscure reasons why a flight has been delayed or cancelled. Obviously, you’re going to be less likely to find these problems in an everyday setting, although you would be surprised at the frequency with which these things can happen. Every day, people are exposed to strange things, and they don’t stop to consider how unlikely it is that it’s happened to them. These are just a small handful of the odd reasons why a flight has been delayed or cancelled, and there are so many other possible explanations besides this for why a flight can be stopped. Who knows, you might hear about or even be a witness to one of the many strange phenomena which could prevent a flight one day.