There are certain things you don’t want to hear when you’re in an airport waiting for your flight. Things like computer glitch and bad weather can be nerve-racking. But at least they are better than a delay lasting 86 years.
EasyJet, a British airline, recently had to cancel one of their flights leaving Geneva’s airport. Passengers were shocked when they were informed that they would have to wait until July 29th, 2099 for a replacement flight. Officials for the airline blamed the error on a computer glitch — not exactly a comforting explanation.
But though living out your whole life in an airport might sound like a total nightmare, it’s actually kind of a sweet deal. According to The Independent, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said, “the delay…does not affect your rights to accommodation, food and phone calls.” In other words, passengers would be entitled to 86 years and one day of freebies at the airlines expense!
EasyJet would be responsible for providing the stranded passengers with three meals, two international phone calls and a hotel room every day. Sounds like the Easy life to me! In fact, I know of a certain guy stuck in Moscow’s airport who would kill for a deal like that.
Of course, the glitch was just a glitch so none of the above happened. Instead, many passengers asked for a refund, which was promised within 20 days. That might seem like a long time, but relatively speaking, ain’t bad.