There are few things that can make being stranded on a delayed flight a pleasurable experience. But pizza might just be one of them.
That seems to have been the hope of a Delta Air Lines pilot who ordered pizza for a plane full of passengers Tuesday.
A 2 p.m. Delta flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta was diverted to Knoxville, Tennessee, because of bad weather in Atlanta, CNN reports. Passenger Khoury Ashooh told the Daily Mail that, once on the ground in Knoxville, passengers had nowhere to go and nothing to do until, “sitting on the tarmac, the captain orders pizza for the whole plane.”
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Ashooh, who was traveling back home to Atlanta with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, snapped some pictures of the unexpected delivery and said the food really lightened the mood on the plane.
“A fun passenger got up to help serve it,” he said. “Pretty cool.”
Other passengers took to Twitter to share the experience .
“We are sitting on a runway stuck on a @Delta flight because of weather. So they're throwing us a pizza party!” wrote Twitter user Riley Vasquez.
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“Delta continues with class. Stuck due to weather and the crew ordered everyone pizza. #deltaairlines,” tweeted passenger Bill Wittenmyer.
The Atlanta airport is Delta’s home base and among the busiest airports in the world, so thunderstorms in the Georgia city were particularly disruptive for the airline, according to CNN. Delta reportedly experienced numerous delayed or stranded flights on Tuesday, and some of the passengers on those other flights also reported receiving pizza on the company’s dime.
"It's part of an effort company-wide when weather disrupts our operation to get food and beverages to delayed customers," Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant told CNN.
The airline appears to have been performing this service as early as 2013.
A USA Today story from that year detailed a large pizza delivery, sent to a Delta flight also stranded in Knoxville due to bad weather in Atlanta.
Durrant was quoted in that story as saying the delivery is “a nice thing we can do for our customers. And it's something we've been doing in these situations.”
The flight Tuesday made it to Atlanta by 7 p.m. It was three hours late.
Photo Credit: Daily Mail