Astounded fliers could only sit back and watch as they witnessed 101 students being ejected from an Airtran flight earlier this week. The American students, aged between 17 and 18 years old, boarded the New York flight heading to Atlanta. Their three day trip included a visit to the Six Flags theme park and a river rafting tour.
Ten students out of the 101 total refused to sit down in their seats for take-off and were using their mobile phones. Southwest Airlines (Airtran's parent company) stated that the flight staff were patient and asked the students politely to comply with airline rules. After ignoring a further request from the flight's Captain through the PA system, the entire group of students were ejected from the flight alongside their chaperones.
It took a total of 45 minutes for the group to evacuate the 137 seated Boeing 747 - an unwanted delay and inconvenience for the remaining passengers left on a rather empty looking plane.
The airline scheduled a different flight for the students and they managed to get to their destination; however, it took some around 12 hours to reach their destination as a result of transfers 807 miles away. Discount vouchers were offered as compensation to the students.
What do you think? Was it a good decision to give the students discount vouchers if they were ejected? Should the other passengers receive some compensation for their delay? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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