Complaining about air travel is its own brand of sport. As it turns out, there are a truly infinite number of things one can bemoan whilst boarding a plane. Babies are crying! Cocktails taste like seasoned cat urine! Your flight attendant doesn't want to flirt with you!
But folks who flew with British Airways from Orlando to London's Gatwick airport this past weekend will quickly put all your legroom grumblings to shame: The journey, which should have lasted no more than eight hours, took 77 hours in total.
According to a report by the BBC, passengers boarded their plane on Thursday, November 1 as usual, before waiting on the tarmac for a grueling four hours due to "technical repairs." Four hours is enough time for a person to watch an installment of Lord of the Rings and still have time to get started on another one. This alone would have been a serious inconvenience, but once officials realized the so-called technical repairs could not be completed, travelers were asked to exit the plane, and spend the night in a nearby hotel.
Passenger Sarah Wilson then explained that getting all the passengers into hotel rooms did not go smoothly. "Imagine 200 people turning up in the early hours to check in to a hotel," she told BBC. "It was a chaos and there was not a BA representative in sight taking charge."