Wed, May 10, 2006
Bus Line Chicken Fingered In Group Illness
Any veteran of the
Army's airborne forces has war stories about the contagiousness of
airsickness on a cramped plane. But on a cramped AirTran Flight 497
Saturday, scheduled from BWI to MCO, there was no pre-jump
nervousness, lack of windows, or nap-of-the-earth flight.
Some of the passengers were green around the gills already when
they boarded. Four of them got sick enough to actually use those
little bags, before the plane even left the gate; ten in all showed
some signs of sickness.
The 737 was delayed at the gate while four serious cases (no
word on whether these were the same four who were sick to the
stomach) were rushed to the hospital with suspected food poisoning.
Under the circumstances, the airline ordered everyone off, and had
the plane disinfected, before the crew and healthy-enough
passengers reboarded for a delayed trip to Orlando.
The common denominator among the victims: they were all members
of a 75-pax group tour of Washington. On the tour bus they got a
box lunch... some of them didn't think the chicken caesar salad
tasted quite right. (This is what they call a clue). Perhaps Caesar
made the salad a while ago -- the Ides of March, perhaps.
In proof that you just can't win in the airline business, the
Associated Press story identified the airline that had to deal with
the problem, AirTran... while letting the bus line tour operator --
the probable source of the problem -- off anonymously.
So, all we can do is send you to AirTran in the FMI link. You
might as well book a flight... at least you know they'll
disinfect the plane if the holidaymakers around all start... well,
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