A United flight from Newark to Denver was forced to divert when a fierce storm hit the New York metropolitan area. The plane landed in Boston before making it across the Atlantic Ocean and finally landing in London’s Heathrow Airport.
United Airlines’ handling of overbooked flights has been the subject of a lot of controversy. The airline has been accused of being too aggressive with passengers, and even had to divert two planes last night due to severe winds.
The Winds Were So Bad Last Night A United Airlines flight was forced to divert twice.
on December 30, 2021 by Gary Leff
Passengers aboard United Airlines flight 2325 from Newark to Orange County, California were pleased to see the plane take off after a three-and-a-half-hour delay on Wednesday evening. They were finally on their way at 10 minutes past 8 p.m., but they were in for a considerably longer trip than they’d imagined.
The jet had to refuel at Denver International Airport. At 10:48 p.m., it arrived at gate B23 and remained on the ground for an hour and five minutes.
Instead of flying to Orange County, the Boeing 737 headed to Los Angeles, arriving at 2:18 a.m.
Ultimate flights to Orange County Airport were canceled, and passengers were bused the remaining 40 miles to their final destination.
Commercial airplanes are not allowed to arrive at John Wayne Airport in Orange County between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (and 8:00 a.m. on Sundays). As a result of the flight’s delay and detour, it was unable to reach its destination on time. (Orange County limitations are grandfathered; the FAA would not allow its regulations to be implemented in the future, but beginning in 2026, additional passenger travel may be permitted.)
During the winter, Airbus narrowbody aircraft (without new engines or long-range capabilities) are considerably more likely to be diverted for fuel than Boeing 737s. However, severe enough headwinds may lengthen a trip to the point where it is essential. When an airport’s operational limits are factored in, passenger annoyance may quickly escalate, as it did in this instance.
Arrival restrictions, in my opinion, should be lifted for irregular operations. In fact, airlines can apply to the airport’s director for permission to fly outside of specified hours “for an emergency, mechanical, air traffic control, or weather delay, which is substantially beyond the control of the air carrier,” but express approval is required in advance – rather than setting criteria for automatic approvals. Violations of the airport’s noise regulation are punished by up to six months in county prison and a $1000 fine.
United Airlines 2325 from Newark to Orange County had to divert as well, this time to Phoenix, but since the initial departure had not been delayed, they were able to refuel and arrive at John Wayne airport with an hour to spare before its destination changed into a pumpkin for the night.
(Photo courtesy of @ssegraves)
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