posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 08:46 PM
According to the article from the link I had provided, the answer is no. The article is in response to the people who were delayed on the run way for
six hours and couldn't get off the plane. Normally I wouldn't think much of this because any of us who have been delayed at the airport more than a
few times know that delays happen, and waiting is the worst thing in the world at that moment because all you want to do is either get home, or get to
your destination. But at least in the airport you can do something while the delay occurs. But when you're stuck on a plane, stuck inside with a
bunch of other passengers in a cramped space, grumpy flight attendants, that is something else.
According to the article, the pilot has complete control and decides when passengers can get off or not, and can choose whether or not to return to
the gate, let the passengers off until the delay is over. I can understand this if it's going to be at the very most an hour, but when you are
sitting there for the duration that would resemble a shift at work, then it's ridiculous to be just sitting there. There is actually no rule for the
airlines that states a time a plane is delayed enough to return to the gate. They can sit there as long as they want. You can ask permission to get
off, but you can't just leave, or you will get arrested. Also, I can understand the pilot not letting people off because if their in the runway, and
they are away enough from the gate to where people run the risk of getting struck by other aircrafts, or things of extreme nature like this, then ok.
But when people are just sitting there waiting for several hours, they should be able to leave the plane that they paid so much for the ticket to get
on. The reason they don't return to the gate after a long period of time is because they don't want to go through the trouble of unloading the plane
and reloading it again. Oh boo hoo I say to this. Customers should not be treated like temporary prisoners.
Now let's think about this a little bit. Look at how our rights dissolve in this situation. You try to leave, you get arrested for interferring with
the crew. You complain to much, you'll get arrested. The article doesn't mention this, but I've witnessed the TSA agents, and if you raise your
voice to those people, they will detain you for questioning. Same thing if a flight attendant feels a passenger is being unruley (which lot of times
it's just simple complaining) and has a bug up his/her butt and gets them detained. Now I'm not saying that something like this is a test to see how
people react in this kind of situation, but you can't really rule it out. If people really wanted to get out, they could easily over power the crew
and the pilot and let themselves out, but then again maybe not. Perhaps there isn't an actual conspiracy going on, but this kind of situation still
at least makes me think. I, a paying customer, bought an overpriced seat for a flight have to go through the embarassing and in my honest opinion
unnecessary search in the airport, have to be treated like this? "This isn't a democracy" as quoted from a airline consultant from the article.
Unfortunately, quite true that statement is.