FTMCPIUS wrote:Not exactly in line with this thread’s subject matter but I’m jumping in with something that, at the time, seemed fun and adventurous but would have never been done just a few years later. I’m not sure any type of research could confirm this.
In the late 70s or early 80s I was flying ORD-MIA on UA (pretty sure it was a 744 to MIA, I was fairly young then). Just before we were buttoned up the Captain told us there was a problem with the pressurization system. As such and (IIRC) because of the time required to do the repair the flight would have to canceled. He presented us with an option, however. (This is truly ridiculous) The majority of passengers could vote to fly at 10,000 ft. which would result in a much longer flight. This would avoid re-booking problems, etc. The majority voted to do this and the flight was quite scenic (and long).
I’m not sure if this was consistent with UA policy (or other airlines?) at the time or maybe the flight had a top-tier VIP on board. What doesn’t make sense is United has a repair facility in Chicago but not in Miami.
And, no, I was not on anything at the time.
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