Were flight-abandoning passengers right or just plane stupid?
71 passengers got off a Thomas Cook plane due to head from Mallorca to Newcastle earlier this week after being asked to move seats in order to balance the plane. The unusual request came after a door jammed, preventing luggage from being loaded in the front of the hold.
Despite the captain reassuring the passengers that the flight could progress as normal with no risk, dozens of them opted to get off and sleep in the airport instead, catching another flight the following day.
A Thomas Cook spokeshuman said: “This is a routine industry procedure and poses no safety issue. We are disappointed that despite reassurances from the captain and crew, a number of passengers decided not to travel."
So was this a legitimate safety concern or just an example of a handful of empowered customers stoking the fires of hysteria? Have you been on a flight that was so sparsely-populated that you had to sit in a certain seat just to be able to keep the crate on an even keel and in the air? Maybe you would also have got off rather than be treated as a piece of human ballast? Perhaps you think the passengers who got off the Thomas Cook flight were ill-educated, panicky idiots? As ever, your thoughts are welcome. Apart from the gormless ones, obviously.