When he booked a flight to Athens with his partner, 67-year-old Geoff Lye could not have possibly imagined that his journey would become a modern day Odyssey. A 4-hour-long flight, turned into a 33-hour-long saga.
According to British media, Geoff Lye was due to get the 1:15pm British Airways flight to Athens from London Heathrow last Tuesday, but it was cancelled due to a faulty warning light in the cockpit.
Another flight leaving at 5pm was also cancelled, due to the delay from the first flight meaning ‘cabin crew would exceed their working hours’.
The 67-year-old, who was travelling with his partner, said the pilot had initially told passengers they were being kept on the plane for an hour because of ‘security reasons’, only for him to later tell them it was actually due to the cabin crew overworking.
Mr Lye was then given hotel vouchers to stay the night and return the next day for another flight. But when he boarded his third plane, the engine caught fire following ‘six loud bangs’!
Fortunately, the plane landed ‘perfectly safely’, and Mr Lye and his partner got on the next flight to Athens later that evening.
But a flight that should have only taken him four hours ended up taking Mr Lye 33 hours, a true odyssey on his way to the land that gave birth to it. He has since said he’s ’embarrassed to be British’ and would no longer use BA.