Airline passengers buy ticket to Germany, flight goes to Scotland instead

Quick: What’s the difference between Scotland and Germany?

If you had any answer at all, you’re ahead of British Airways, whose plane landed in Scotland even though it was supposed to go to Germany, the New York Times reports.

The plane took off from London and went pretty much the opposite way of the direction to Düsseldorf.

There’s a reasonable explanation — not like when a Northwest flight forgot to land in Minneapolis that one time — paperwork.

All the passengers got on the plane thinking they were going to Germany. But the paperwork submitted to the pilots said Edinburgh. So Edinburgh it was.

Even the flight attendants offered a “Welcome to Edinburgh” announcedment upon landing. Did nobody make the boarding announcement of where the plane was heading? Apparently not.

“It became very frustrating. The toilets were blocked and they ran out of snacks. It was also really stuffy,” passenger Sophie Cooke, 24, told the BBC.

It was still funny, according to this reporter trying to get through his story without cracking up.

The Guardian says the pilots didn’t accept the fact they’d landed at the wrong airport until they asked for a show of hands to see who had expected to land in Germany.

The flight got to Germany about three hours late.

  • Joseph

    I always like it when the pilot or FA announces during the ground departure from the gate something along the lines of “We are now departing for [destination] and expect the flight to be [x flying time].” That way everybody is on the same page — passengers and crew. I wonder how that can even happen, where a flight crew boards a plane thinking they are flying to one place, but all the passengers get on thinking they are going somewhere else….

  • Mike Worcester

    At some point didn’t ground control in Edinburgh ask “are you really supposed to be landing here today?”

    • Jerry

      They probably did, but because they were Scottish no one understood them