Pas­sen­gers in Air Transat tar­mac de­lays re­count har­row­ing con­di­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Pas­sen­gers trapped aboard two Air Transat jets de­scribed hours on end of swel­ter­ing heat, a lack of wa­ter and the stench of vomit ear­lier this sum­mer as a fed­eral agency be­gan hear­ings Wed­nes­day into how their or­deal hap­pened in the first place.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing flight at­ten­dants out­side on the Ot­tawa tar­mac tak­ing self­ies along­side one stranded plane amid wide­spread con­fu­sion over the July 31 de­lays — six hours in one case, five in the other — as well as fin­ger-point­ing after­ward be­tween the air­line and air­port of­fi­cials.

One by one, pas­sen­gers told mem­bers of the Cana­dian Trans­porta­tion Agency, the agency in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dents, that they would have given any­thing to be al­lowed off the planes, even if only to face fur­ther de­lays or long drives home.

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