Passengers on an easyJet flight were treated to strange and inconvenient workplace drama
The carrier apologized for the incident
A disagreement between two crew members baffled a plane full of easyJet passengers and caused the entire flight to be delayed for more than an hour. You may now unfasten your seatbelts, the level of petty has reached 30,000 feet.
The strange encounter was live-tweeted by British TV presenter Dan Lobb, who, even as he reported from tarmac of the London Gatwick airport, seemed like he could barely believe his eyes.
According to Lobb, crew members were removed from the flight, then other crew members had a furtive cockpit powow, and an aggrieved captain tried to put on a brave face for the passengers even as the delay time crept toward an hour.
To be clear, according to Lobb, the reason for the shuffle wasn’t related to anything physical or even particularly interesting. The crew members just straight up didn’t like each other.
As it happens, the band Disclosure was also on the flight on their way to play a gig in Belfast. They tweeted their displeasure with the delay.
After the flight landed safely in Belfast, easyJet’s Twitter account explained why, for an hour-long flight, it was worth it to separate two co-workers who maybe-sorta-kinda couldn’t get on the same page.
EasyJet, which is a London-based carrier boasting low-cost flights, provided a statement about the incident to CNN.
“easyJet can confirm that flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast returned to stand to replace two crew members following a verbal disagreement between them. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and in order to deliver this easyJet’s cabin crew need to be able to work as a team. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the resulting delay. The flight has now continued to Belfast.”
Take note: Your workplace drama may be bad, but it’s probably not remove-yourself-from-a-plane-and-delay-a-whole-international-flight bad.