Several "Booed" Late Arrival For JFK Trip
got ugly at Miami International Airport Sunday night, when
passengers confronted the pilots of an American Airlines
flight to New York when they showed up late for the flight.
CBS News reports passengers started booing the flight crew when
they arrived over an hour past the scheduled departure time for
American Flight 1908.
"When the crew got there, they were late and everyone started to
boo them," said passenger Dianne Chandler. "And then they closed
them behind glass doors and they kind of threatened us that they
weren't gonna fly because of the way people were acting. Some
people got very agitated."
The crew said a number of passengers were openly hostile... and
they did not feel comfortable putting them on the plane. So they
cancelled the flight... a reaction one passenger said was a supreme
"I wouldn't think they were hostile," passenger Tim Chandler
said, standing up for his fellow passengers. "You know, they booed
because they were an hour and fifteen minutes late. When you want
to leave at 9:45 -- it's 11 o'clock they show up. So obviously,
people are a little upset."
In any case, the crew refused to fly, and passengers were forced
to spend a night in one of Miami's finest motels. "They give us a
hotel and all that," said one passenger, "but the hotel we stayed
at had barbed wire all around it. Nice place, nice hotel, but
barbed wire around it."
There's one final postscript for this story... one that,
frankly, strikes us as something more than an unfortunate
coincidence, or a simple misrouting. When passengers finally
arrived at their destination of New York's JFK International late
Monday night, they discovered American had sent their luggage to