Air travel is an extremely timely operation, even the smallest of delays can throw off the rest of your schedule. It’s one thing when it’s weather-related, as those can be anticipated and even understood to a degree. Mechanical delays, too, can be annoying, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution. The most aggravating, however, is when everything else is perfectly fine, but the flight is missing a crew member.
A group of passengers on easyJet in the U.K. were facing a two-hour delay for this very reason when the pilot for their flight was a no-show. And that’s when a dad stepped up to take care of the problem. Faced with a possible delay to his family’s trip to Spain, the off-duty pilot volunteered to fly the plane himself. A passenger on the flight recounted the story on Facebook, describing the quick change of the flight’s status from a two-hour delay to now boarding.
When she asked the gate agent what was behind the sudden change, he casually responded: “’Oh your pilots gone missing but a guy that’s going on your flight is going to fly the plane.'”
The dad-turned-hero-captain explained the change to passengers onboard the flight. And he even had them laughing with some dad level humor.
“So I phoned up easyJet and said: ‘Hiya, I’m standing in the terminal doing nothing… and if you need a favour, I’m standing here ready to go. And they said: ‘We’ll phone you back.'”
They called back in less than a minute, according to the pilot: “Please, please, pretty please with a big cherry on top, could you fly the airplane to Alicante.”
In proper dad fashion, he then apologized to the passengers for flying without a uniform, but the rousing round of applause from passengers informed him no apology was needed.
Fortunately, he did bring his pilots license and the required I.D. – the dad was a true blessing in da skies.