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Off-duty easyJet captain heading to Alicante with his wife and son ends up flying the plane himself

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This is the remarkable moment an off-duty pilot offers to fly his fellow passengers to Spain - as he and his family faced a delay of around two hours. (www.dailymail.co.uk) さらに...

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rv8ator
I heard that he stayed at a Holiday Express the night before.....
SmokedChops
wel played sir, well played.
atanudey
He just got upgraded -- ahead of the first class. :)
ThinkingGuy
I hope he at least got paid :)
Relics
Relics 7
What a good man! Really wanted to go on that holiday haha.
PSUAth
wonder if his family clapped when he landed the plane
md69
Nah, it's not a UK thing.
toz100
What a sensation! Pilot flies airplane.....
knwatts
Gave me my morning chuckle :)
Highflyer1950
I think that is pretty cool in this day and age! Kudos.
KobeHunte
I agree. Usually they would just explain that they are on vacation and they aren't using up their time to fly a plane.. Hats off to him.
KobeHunte
Wow that is cool!
SmokedChops
I love how there were a few news outlets who opened with "Passenger steps in to fly passenger jet to Spain"....oh dear gawd. "You in seat 11C, c'mon on up to the front, you get to fly this can of people today!" "But I am a proctologist" "never mind, Otto the autopilot will walk you through it, GOOD LUCK!!!"
PSUAth
reminds me of a story one of my bosses told me. He was flying to Myrtle Beach on the "new" Hooters airline. once boarding was just about done, this "clown" came on. he was juggling in the aisle, doing magic tricks and what not. everyone thought it was just another "gimmick" by the airline. Thought they got a free show. until the guy was like,'well i guess you want to go, so i gotta get up front to fly the thing" and into the cockpit he went.
cyberjet
cyberjet 2
Could have been worse. He could have done the old "white cane pilot" gag.
KobeHunte
I wonder what happened to the pilot that was supposed to fly the plane. :D
williambaker08
A strike happen.
md69
No a strike didn't happen. Listen to what he says in the video.
williambaker08
Sorry was thinking about Ryanair struck. Got confused
williambaker08
Strike dang it lol
KobeHunte
Oh that makes sense.
NX211
NX211 2
As long as he was qualified and current on the equipment.. I say kudos to the pilot! Hope the airline gave him an extra vacation day..
pilot62
NO he wasn't qualified, they gave him an exemption that no other pilot will ever get because he volunteered. He Flew so therefore he was ....
alexa320
Never! He was a new flight attendant.....
pilot62
Great story for his young son one day :)
Anton1
Anton1 3
And who is supposed to fly the plane back from Alicante? Weird story
PSUAth
if you watched the embedded video, the holiday captain claimed that eJ was repositioning a "working" captain to bring the plane home.
carpetshoe
My question is whether the replacement pilot actually got paid for his duty or was this a way for EasyJet to save money by not having to pay the original captain?
GingerSanders
Usually pilots only get paid when the jet’s door closes.
carpetshoe
What? I think you didn't get the question to which you responded. But sure, give me a downvote. Sheesh. Both the jet door and the cabin door were presumably closed before departing from the parking position. The question is whether the 'on vacation' pilot suddenly got overtime or whether he donated his time as goodwill.
GingerSanders
I totally misunderstood your question...didn’t give a downvote. It’s valid and I wondered that also after your post. I thought I was replying to a different question.
MBDiagMan
If you want it done right, do it yourself!
ChrisCollingwood
This one is hiding behind an Ad-Wall. :-(
wyoham
wyoham 1
Sorta sounds like they may need some scheduling help. The list of cancelled flights he rattled off, stepping in - what a way to run a railroad.
themold
themold 1
Just goes to show you, pilots LOVE to fly!
sacman250
And yet, they won't let pilots bring their kids to work.
ziaii
Crew Scheduling should be checked. Don’t they have reserves?
I once flew from Belfast to Gatwick on easyjet. Service was ok, no delays. ;-)
alexa320
Yes, they do have standbys but this happened en route, in the air. Kind of hard to catapult a crew member 35,000 accurately and then get inside the plane, don’t you think?
coltonfletcher
wow that's generous
bristolgeoff
one lucky plane load of passengers,he had his license and was ok to flew himself to a holiday.i wonder if easy jet paid him overtime for getting them out of a sticky spot
waterman15
Dave Nosek 1
They still would be short a pilot for the return, Wonder how easy jet handled that.
md69
Martin Dennett 1
Read the article...
padrooga23
No copilot?
williambaker08
You need two pilots to fly. Flight didnt have a captain but had a copilot
PSUAth
First Officer.
Fixed that for you
pilot62
FO got you too
johnee26
So who flew the aircraft back?
md69
Watch the video...

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