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In Canada, Flying takes a Back Seat to Hockey

by: JamieD On  Thursday, March 11, 2010

In Canada, Flying takes a Back Seat to Hockey

When it comes to airline flight delays, some common causes you are likely to hear are weather conditions, or mechanical problems.  As for the least likely cause for a delay, we take you back to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games, where an Air Canada flight was forced to remain on the ground because passengers were busy watching the gold medal men’s hockey game between Canada and the U.S.A.

On Tuesday, chief executive of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, stated that the company had “incurred a flight delay for a reason (we) had not yet encountered in over 72 years of existence.”  Boarding calls had been made repeatedly, but passengers continued to ignore them as they watched the game go into overtime.

Thankfully, Sidney Crosby would eventually end the game 7:40 into the extra frame, preventing passengers from delaying the flight another 12 minutes and 20 seconds (plus however long a shootout may have taken).  That must have been one happy flight.

Hat Tip – [Yahoo]