Tue, Sep 02, 2003
Anything to Steal a Buck
If there's a way to get somebody else's money, a lawyer will
figure it out.
The Gol Airlines pilot,
trying to alleviate some of the tension in the back seats during
some recent lousy weather, made some jokes that weren't funny to
everyone aboard. At least, after consultation with their lawyers,
some passengers have decided the jokes aren't funny, now.
Instead of just forgetting about them, some passengers have
seized on the jokes as yet another way to get money they didn't
earn, and some lawyers are happy to help them.
What the pilot reportedly told the PAX, after he was informed of
the weather that was closing in at the destination (Vitoria,
Brazil), was a "good news, bad news" joke. The "good news" was that
he had made a successful takeoff; the "bad news" was that nobody
was successful at landing at Vitoria.
The pilot didn't quit. It was a tough house...
He weighed the passengers' options, and explained that the
flight was 10,000 feet up, and the temperature was minus 46 degrees
Celsius -- so no one should consider leaving without a heavy
The pilot wanted to accommodate the PAX, and shot an approach at
Vitoria, anyway, and scratched the attempt at a reported 200
meters. He went on to an alternate at Belo Horizonte, asking the
PAX after the attempt if they were 'as dizzy as he was' after all
the turning around.
Yeah -- that's probably worth a few million bucks... right.
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