Wed, Jun 13, 2007
Cabin Crew Forbade Photo-Taking Of Unusual Solution
When passengers boarded a
Vueling Airlines jet in Spain Sunday, they noticed something that
made them do a classic double-take. All but three of the 32 seat
rows on one side of the aircraft were cordoned off with tape.
A newspaper reporter from El Mundo was among those passengers,
and reported the pilot informed anxious travelers almost half of
the seats on their aircraft were not in service because of a safety
issue -- but there was nothing to worry about.
"We will not be able to use that part of the plane because we
have a safety problem with the door at the front. Don't worry, it's
only a safety problem," the pilot said to passengers over the
intercom, according to Reuters.
Some passengers became increasingly nervous -- one even asked
flight attendants if the plane could stay level in the air with the
lopsided weight. Some passengers tried to take pictures of the
cordoned-off area, but were stopped by employees who informed them
such a thing was against company policy.
The safety problem was with the emergency slide on one of the
eight emergency exit doors, according to a Vueling spokeswoman. The
carrier was following aviation rules that say it must reduce the
number of passengers accordingly as the slide cannot be used in an
emergency situation, she said.
Vueling operates a nearly-new fleet of Airbus A320s.
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