Think you have a bad airline delay story?
Passengers on Allegiant Air Flight 418 on Sunday may have a better one. Their flight from Grand Junction, Colorado to Los Angeles was delayed more than eight hours due to several problems, according to one spirited social media account. It seems Allegiant may have been relying on an on-call mechanic who was coming from a long distance.
I have reached out to Allegiant for a response and I will update if I receive one. For background on Allegiant, you might want to read a recent Associated Press report detailing the nasty fight between the union representing the pilots and the airline.
UPDATE: Allegiant responded Monday morning with this statement.
Flight 418, scheduled Grand Junction to Los Angeles on Sunday, June 21, was delayed due to a minor mechanical issue. Allegiant, like many carriers, uses on-call contract maintenance in cities in which we do not have a base of operations, which can sometimes lead to additional delays, particularly at smaller airports such as Grand Junction. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused travelers, however, their safety is our number one priority. We offered food and beverage to affected travelers, and a $50 voucher for use on a future Allegiant booking. Additionally, travelers were offered the ability to reschedule to another flight in the Allegiant network with no additional fee or fare, or the option to cancel for a full credit refund.
Here's the chronology from Kristen Muller, a managing editor at KPCC, a public radio station in Los Angeles. She put this on Twitter late in the ordeal as a recap:
And here is some of what Muller described and photographed during the delay.
Toward the end of the saga, Muller stopped to re-cap the delay for the late-comers to Twitter. Here's some of that recap.
Do you have a better delay story?