Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
17 March 2016 09:08
Strange reasons for flight delays have been revealed by a paper
A number of travellers had a bad start to their week when their New Jersey-Texas flight was forced to about-turn on Monday (March 14).
A "strong" cabin smell was to blame for the Boeing 739's U-turn just 20 minutes into the air. An investigation has now started.
But The Telegraph reports that it is nothing unusual for a craft to turn around or not even get off the ground due to strange circumstances.
Diva behaviour, bees, human waste and "inflammatory" comments have all caused unwelcome delays, according to travel writer Lizzie Porter.
Flight delay comfort
There are numerous reasons why flights get delayed - and most of them are not as strange as bees or human waste.
But whatever holds up holidaymakers, it is good to know that trusted travel insurance can financially safeguard them against problems such as missed connections.
It can also cover travellers against cancelled journeys, lost luggage and stolen property.
Bees twice delayed flights last year, according to the newspaper.
In the first case in June this was bee singular. An insect delayed a flight after becoming lodged in an external instrument.
Six months later, a bee-keeper saved the day for passengers on another flight. The expert dispersed a 1,000-strong swarm which had infiltrated the aircraft's wing on the Dallas-Frankfurt flight.
"Smelly" human waste was the reason for a Heathrow- Dubai flight doing a U-turn this time last year.
And a Dallas Fort Worth-Chicago flight reportedly returned when one of its flight attendants broadcast "inflammatory" comments regarding a crash which were picked up over the plane's PA system prior to take-off.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.
09 September 2016
People travelling to regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak should practise safe sex for at least half a year upon their return, health leaders say.
08 September 2016
British Airways is apologising to passengers for delays after an IT glitch hit check-in systems.