We are all r***ed

British Airways may as well have broadcast that they were all rooted…not many water “landings” turn out so well:

It was a mistake that had a plane-load of people thinking they were about to die.

The cabin crew of a British Airways flight from Miami to London mistakenly activated an emergency announcement that said the plane was going down, and passengers should prepare for a water landing.

As passengers began to panic, a flight attendant apologised over the intercom and said the message was played by mistake, according to the Daily Mail.

London’s Daily Telegraph spoke to Duncan and Tracey Farquharson, of London, who said the airline trivialised the fear of passengers.

The Farquharsons said staff issued a “blasé” apology and did not explain the mistake until the plane arrived at Heathrow.

“We were about three hours into the flight when an automated message came over the tannoy saying: ‘This is an emergency, we will shortly be making an emergency landing on water’,” Mr Farquharson said.

“We looked at each other and figured we were both about to die. Families with children were distraught and people were in tears. It was very distressing.

“About 30 seconds later one of the cabin crew told us to ignore the announcement and accept their apologies but the tone of [it] suggested they had not grasped how seriously we had taken it.

“Imagining yourself plunging towards a cold, watery grave in the middle of the Atlantic is a pretty horrific thought but they seemed very blasé about it.”

His wife said she was traumatised by the event.


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