Late last week, JetBlue passengers endured a frightening experience at 30,000 feet that left many aboard the plane vehemently asking to evacuate their aircraft. After multiple attempts to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, passengers were terrified and physically ill.
Flight 1852 was scheduled to land at JFK from Cancun. However, the airline was diverted after four attempted landings at JFK, finally landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, where it touched down successfully. The repeated attempts to land in New York were aborted due to weather.
The mood inside the plane was one of anger and scared passengers, who attempted to reason with the flight staff. To no avail, the passengers were all stuck on the plane well past the six-hour mark. Passengers were sick, fainting, and wanted to get off the plane.
While waiting in Newark, one passenger seen on a viral video was distraught with the airplane staff. He wanted passengers off the plane. His words echoed among passengers, and tensions escalated.
“People are sick back there. We have to get off this plane. It is dangerous. We tried to land four times already. We are scared to fly. We want to get off …I don’t want to go to jail… It’s our lives, I’m sorry. People are sick back there. People are fainting. People are throwing up. A little respect for human beings,” he pleaded.
According to Inside Edition, Sabrina Ettinger, 26, shot video of the mayhem but was grateful for safety over rushing to land the plane.
“It was really bumpy, and it felt like we were flying like this,” Ettinger said, motioning from side to side with her hand. “And then going down really fast and then going back up. And it was definitely a lot of motion sickness.”
Unfortunately, these types of problems on airplanes make people feel unsafe to fly. The weather, masks, and outraged passengers continue to create situations where people weigh their options between flying and driving. Even with the cost of gas, some are avoiding the unfriendly skies.