NorthWorst Disorient Strikes Again

I guess the pilot and co-pilot had sleeper seats

Military jets stood by as NWA pilots, apparently distracted, didn’t respond to controllers for 75 minutes.

Brent Bjorlin and his fellow airline passengers didn’t have a clue something had gone wrong at 37,000 feet until federal officials with badges and guns boarded the Northwest plane after it landed in the Twin Cities on Wednesday night.

As passengers prepared to leave, flight attendants told them to sit back down, Bjorlin said. Eventually, he and the others filed out, walking past security officials standing outside the closed cockpit door and still others on the jetway and at the gate.

“It looked like it was a big deal,” said Bjorlin of St. Michael, Minn.

It wasn’t until the next day that he and the others found out that Northwest Flight 188 from San Diego had overshot Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by 150 miles, winding up in Wisconsin before turning around to land safely at MSP. Federal officials say the pilots apparently became distracted. Military jets had been on standby to track down the jet after it dropped out of radio communication for about 75 minutes.

“Distracted” my left nut.


I’m thinking the unemployment rate in Minnesota is about to climb…

8 Responses to “NorthWorst Disorient Strikes Again”

  1. Dave E. says:

    Yeah, I’m thinking they were asleep too. I’m also feeling a little chopped liverish. Do you think they would have held off on scrambling those jets if the plane was heading for New York or DC?

  2. nightfly says:

    I understand if the passengers don’t know what’s going on… but the rest of the flight crew has to stick to a precise schedule, or else there’d be drinks carts and such pitching all over the cabin on descent. On every flight I’ve ever been on, there’s a certain timing to everything – the inflight movie, food service, cleanup, the announcements, etc. There wasn’t a single stewardess knocking on the cabin door wondering what was up fifteen minutes after they put everything away? None of them noticed anything for over an hour?

  3. WunderKraut says:

    I’m with nightfly…the drink cart Nazis were sure to notice something….at least by 30 minutes….

  4. Yojimbo says:

    I think they were simply going for the cheese.

    Those cabin attendants have an internal clock that would have alerted them. At the very least their prelanding adjustments would alert them. They should have been changing course, speed and altitude long before this. They might have figured that they were in a broad holding pattern and probably wondering why the captain had not informed the passengers that there would be a long delay.

  5. greg newson says:

    The pilot and Co-pilot should have made-up a better lie .A health issue would have been the perfect excuse.That shows they’re probably too honest.
    A LA cop would have a better excuse,like a furtive gesture.

  6. Julie says:

    Maybe the flight attendants were causing the “distraction” for the pilots? 😉

  7. Ebola says:

    I’m with Julie, cockpit orgy might not just be punny in this situation. 😛

  8. don says:

    too funny @ unemployment rate climb.

    i see the humor remains.

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