Gemma Cargin, a 25-year-old teacher from Ireland, had planned a quick trip to visit her family in Northern Ireland from Manchester, England. She booked a flight to Belfast, which should have taken less than an hour. However, she had no idea what was about to happen on the day of her flight.
After taking a nap on the plane, Cargin woke up to find that there was still an hour and 15 minutes left before the plane would land. She then asked the flight crew if the flight was not going to Belfast, to which they responded that the plane was heading to Gibraltar instead. Cargin was shocked and realized that she had boarded the wrong flight.
Gibraltar is a British territory located on the south coast of Spain, about 2,000 kilometers away from Manchester. Fortunately, the flight was returning to Manchester, so Cargin was able to get out for some air before traveling straight back to Manchester. From there, she managed to get another flight to Northern Ireland, where her family was anxiously waiting for her.
The trip that should have been a short and quick one took a total of 12 hours. EasyJet, the airline company, is currently investigating how Cargin managed to get on the wrong flight. Nonetheless, Cargin's unintentional journey to Gibraltar proved just how stressful flying can be.
How would you react if you found out you were on the wrong flight?
Do you find flying stressful? Why? Why not?
Do you often nap on flights? Why? Why not?
Would you rather go on vacation in England, Ireland, or Spain?