The holidays are always a stressful time when it comes to air travel, due to the full flights, longer security lines, and possible bad winter weather around this time of year. But for some travelers, who made the journey from Miami to Los Angeles over the holidays, they found themselves traveling for 20 hours.
186 travelers endured a 20-hour trip after departing Miami International Airport on Wednesday morning. Instead of getting to LAX before noon, they arrived well after midnight.
American Airlines told CNN the Airbus A321 had a mechanical problem and had to land in Lubbock, Texas.
“There was a noise and then we were told later that one of the engines went out and they had to land in Texas,” Evelyn Albert told KTLA.
After assessing the issue, American called for another plane, but after loading the perturbed passengers, the crew had to fly to Dallas, American’s home base, to gas up.
Then the airliner took off for Los Angeles, landing at 2:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
“We appreciate that we got here … to our destination, but we’re 15 hours late,” Johnathan Himebauch said to KTLA.
American Airlines said Thursday it was still trying to figure out the mechanical issue with the original plane.
It’s unfortunate that this occurred to these 186 passengers onboard American’s flight, but they did eventually land in Los Angeles, making it home for the holidays.
How was your holiday travel this year? Did you experience any lengthy delays or was everything on-time. Please feel free to share your experiences below.