15 JUNE 2009

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Article from BTNews 15 JUNE 2009

HAPPY TALK: An airport mix-up

During the 'rush hour' at Houston's Hobby Airport, an un-named airline’s flight was delayed due to a mechanical problem.

Since the airline needed the gate for another flight, the aircraft was backed away from the gate while the maintenance crew worked on it. The passengers were then told the new gate number, which was at the other end of the terminal some distance away.  Everyone moved to the new gate, only to find a third gate had been designated for them.

After some further shuffling, everyone got on board, and as they were settling in, the flight attendant made the standard announcement, "We apologise for the inconvenience of this last-minute gate change.  This flight is going to Washington, DC.  If your destination is not Washington, DC, then you should 'deplane' at this time."

A very confused-looking and red-faced pilot emerged from the cockpit, carrying his bags. "Sorry," he said, "wrong plane."

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