On the OneWorld MegaDo flight yesterday from Seattle to LAX, the plane experienced a two-hour mechanical delay. Normally, sitting on the plane for two extra hours would be at least mildly annoying, or if with my toddler, very challenging. However, yesterday the two-hour delay was not only fun – it was awesome.
Not only did the delay mean two more hours to hang out with your friends on the flight, it meant two more hours of “open bar”. While I certainly did not maximize that opportunity, I can say with certainty that many others on-board did! Since it was getting close to dinner, the organizers ran to the nearest sandwich shop in the airport and bought 150 sandwiches for everyone on the flight. I can only imagine what the sandwich store thought of that order! The American Airlines ground crew found many AA items like jackets, hats, and vests to raffle off for charity on the plane during the delay. It was (crazy) awesome seeing how much people would be willing to donate in order to get the American Airlines items.
By far my favorite auctioned items were the bottles of champagne. Excuse the terrible iPhone photos, but you get the flavor for what was happening on board.
The delay, and actual flight, wouldn’t have been near as memorable if it weren’t for the awesome AA crew. They were truly fantastic and went above and beyond for us. One of them is featured in the brand new AA safety demo video, so she was basically a celebrity amongst us! I hope to run into them on future flights.
American graciously gave us 10,000 redeemable and elite qualifying miles for the mechanical delay. They even joked the delay was staged so that had a reason to hand out more miles to this miles-and-points-obsessed group! Now it is time to get ready for the final day of the inagural OneWorld MegaDo! Next up, Qantas and Cathay. Can’t wait!