Passengers that were meant to fly on a Tui flight from Greece to England spent the night on the floor of a local hotel.
Almost 200 passengers were affected when the flight was delayed by 17 hours.
The delay was blamed on technical difficulties which led to crew members reaching their maximum working hours meaning they were unable to work.
“Due to a technical issue which needed repair delaying the aircraft’s outbound flight from Bournemouth to Rhodes, crew were unfortunately then outside of their regulated maximum working hours to operate the inbound flight,” Tui said. “Regrettably, we had to delay the flight overnight in Rhodes as a result.”
Luckily passengers weren’t left to their own devices as the airline stepped in to assist with sleeping arrangements.
Business Insider reports that the airline offered passengers 180 Euros if they wanted to find their own accommodation for the night, which they could claim back afterwards. Passengers on the flight were entitled to 261 Euros compensation and Tui gave them holiday vouchers.
While most passengers made use of the options given by the airline, one family decided to stay at the hotel and they slept on the hotel lobby’s floor.
The flight eventually left Rhodes Airport the next day and landed safely in Bournemouth.
Last week a similar incident took place when more than 150 Qantas passengers slept in an airport terminal when their flight was diverted and the crew then also timed out.
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