Northwest Airlines Complaint - Northwest Airlines kidnapped it's passengers!
NEW JERSEY -- On Tuesday July 5, 2005 I was on a non-stop Northwest airlines flight 102 from Minneapolis to Newark, New Jersey. The flight took off a half an hour late due what the pilot described as thunderstorms in the New York metropolitan area that were causing flight controllers to slow air traffic into the New York metropolitan area. Forty-five minutes after we took off from Minneapolis the pilot informed the passengers, over the intercom, that all 3 New York metropolitan area airports were closed due to what he described as severe thunderstorms. The pilot then announced that the plane did not have enough fuel to circle and that we would have to land in Detroit to refuel before we could procede to Newark. The flight arrived in Detroit at 10:30 P.M. . Once the plane pulled up to the gate, a Northwest representative came onboard the plane to announce that the flight had been cancelled. I proceded to make a call, using my cell phone, to a friend who was going to pick me up at Newark airport once my flight arrived. She said that there was absolutely no rain or thunderstorms whatsoever at Newark, and that flights were landing and departing at Newark. Once all the passenger disembarked from flight 102 in Detroit, we were issued new tickets to Newark for flights the following morning at no extra charge. Also, Northwest Airlines put the passengers up at a hotel for the night, at no charge. When I arrived back in New Jersey the following morning, I learned from my friend, as well as from others, that there was no rain at all in the New York City metropolitan area the entire night. Clearly, the pilot on flight 102 lied to the passengers about the weather situation. I asked myself, was there possibly a mechanical problem the pilot did not want to tell the passengers about to avoid arousing fear amongst the passengers. No, because a half an hour after flight 102 landed in Detroit, another Northwest flight from Minneapolis also landed in Detroit. That flight had been destined non-stop from Minneapolis to New York's Laguardia airport. The passengers on the Laguardia flight approached the ticket counter in Detroit as the passengers on my flight 102 were being reticketed for the next morning. I happened to ask a few of the passengers on the Laguardia flight what they were told by their pilot as to why they were stopping in Detriot. They too were told that the stop, and subsequent cancellation of their flight, was weather related. As I was waiting for the shuttle bus to take me to the Days Inn at Detroit airport, I happened to strike up a conversation with a woman who was also on my flight 102. She brought up an interesting point. Airlnes will not pay for hotel accomodations if flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. So why was Northwest airlines paying for our hotel accomodations, I asked myself. The pilot said it was weather conditions. The pilot on the Laguardia flight said the stop was due to weather conditions. As I have previously mentioned, weather was fine in the New york City area on the night of July 5, 2005. There could not have been mechanical problems on two separate planes at the same time within a half an hour of each other leaving from the same city. What are the odds of that, really. The answer is that Northwest Airlines is on the verge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and for whatever reason, and it certainly was not weather related, the pilots on flight 102 decided to take us somewhere else other than Newark. Is it part of a work slow down by the pilots at Northwest Airlines due to some labor stife, I don't know. Whatever the reason was that flight 102 was went to Detroit when it was suppose to go to Newark, the reason was not a truthful one. There were no mechanical problems with the plane. There were no weather related issues. On a wim, the pilots of flight 102 decided not to continue on to Newark in the middle of the flight. Or was this pre-planned, I think it was. And to me that amounts to a kidnapping. I will not be flying Northwest Airlines ever again.