In a now-viral video, a pilot can be heard discussing flight options for a plane full of passengers he’d just told that he’d tested positive for COVID. Then, the waiting begins as passengers are forced to stay in their seats for three hours.
The video which was shared to TikTok shows a bemasked passenger, Darcy Bourne, sharing the news that she and her fellow passengers had just learned: their pilot had tested positive for COVID just mere moments earlier.
The short video starts with a caption noting the pilot had just gotten a text saying he’d tested positive and that they’d be stuck on the plane for a bit. In the background, the pilot can be heard saying: “What we’re currently doing is looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing. But it’s not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone.”
The Barbados-bound flight originated in Great Britain and ultimately after a long wait, the passengers were removed from the plane and given a voucher of 4 pounds to spend in the airport – compensation for the hassle it would seem.
British Airways released a statement to Newsweek noting, “We apologized and thanked customers for their patience and understanding while our teams worked hard to replace a pilot at short notice, so that they could continue their journey.”
According to the aforementioned Newsweek report, there was some confusion about the test being a false positive. Regardless, the passengers eventually did arrive at their final destination after a healthy delay. Allegedly they were greeted with a bottle of rum on landing.