The pilot of an airplane stranded on the runway for eight hours made passengers' a little less angry by ordering pizza for them all.
Air travel is one of the more stressful things we have to deal with in life. If we're lucky, we'll only have to make our way through an airport two or three times a year. However, some of us need to frequent the sky a lot more often than that. Between going through security and having to wait around for hours on end, it is an ordeal we could do without.
Even when everything goes to plan it can be somewhat of an ordeal and let's be honest, when does it ever all go to plan? Our flights are all too often delayed and sometimes canceled entirely. If you're lucky, those issues will happen before you board your flight. If they happen once you are already in your seat, prepare yourself for an uncomfortable and annoying few hours.
Passengers on a flight from Toronto to Halifax in Canada know exactly what we are talking about. Due to poor conditions on the ground, the Air Canada flight was redirected to Fredericton. Once it was finally allowed to land, passengers had to stay on board the plane for hours due to how busy the airport had become thanks to other redirected flights. Most pilots would have sat back and waited it out, but not on this flight.
CBC reports that the pilot not only continually checked in with his passengers, but he also ordered them pizza; 23 of them to be exact since there were around 15o hungry passengers to feed. Roch Larivée, the owner of the restaurant which received the order, recalled getting the call from the pilot. Due to the bad weather, he only had three staff on hand. However, they managed to rustle up 23 cheese and pepperoni pizzas as fast as they possibly could.
Due to the flight being a short haul one, even though it was a larger aircraft, there were no meals on board. That meant the pizzas were very much appreciated by the passengers. As you can see above, some of them have even taken to social media to sing the praises of the pilot. Plus, the pilot himself was quick to point out that the whole ordeal was made easier via a team effort from all the staff on the plane, not just him.