Air India Fliers Stuck on Plane for 8 Hours

Waiting to be cleared to fly from London to ... London

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 17, 2011 12:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Stunned Air India passengers found themselves trapped for eight hours on a fogbound plane sitting on the tarmac in London's Gatwick Airport. The real kicker? The flight's final destination was London's Heathrow Airport, just minutes away. As fury mounted, police were called to keep the peace, reports the BBC. Still, passengers were not allowed to disembark. "I don't understand why we were diverted then not allowed to leave. I felt I was already home, I was in London," said one frustrated passenger on the flight that originated in Mumbai.

Fliers weren't only agitated; they were ravenous. "There were promises of food. Everyone was very hungry. There was no sign of any food," said another passenger. "By this time, after almost eight hours without any food, people were willing to lose their calmness."

So close: Air India passenger films English soil at Gatwick he's not allowed to touch until he lands minutes away in Heathrow.
So close: Air India passenger films "English soil" at Gatwick he's not allowed to touch until he lands minutes away in Heathrow.   (tuppyhuh)
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