Today was a day full of delays. It started out badly, and it never got any better.
The first flight was plagued with a mechanical of unspecified origin. The first thought was that it could be fixed rather quickly, and we'd be on our way with a minimum of delay. Most likely something that would be made up during the actual flight.
We weren't that lucky.
In the middle of the boarding process, things went awry. Not sure the mechanical explanation for it, all I know is that it meant we weren't going anywhere. For a rather long time.
Since we already had boarded a couple of passengers, the flight attendants weren't allowed to get off the plane. The captain and first officer left, either to take care of paper work or because they had a better offer. We asked the passengers if they'd like to deplane and go back into the terminal. They said no. So there we were. Stuck on the plane, facing a now rather lengthy delay, no food, no ability to get off and get food, and no idea of when the problem would get resolved.
And so, the clock keeps ticking. . . ticking. . . .
Once again, we asked our two passengers if they'd like to get off. We encouraged them, explained that we had no food, urged strongly. But no luck. They liked remaining onboard. Never mind that the crew's access to food was now cut off as we couldn't get off. Never mind that we weren't getting paid for the delay (we only get paid for flight time). Never mind that our stomachs were grumbling and our tempers getting shorts, we're happy to provide a lounge for you to relax in.
And the clock keeps ticking. . . ticking. . . .
Nearly three hours later the issue is resolved. The passengers started boarding, and we kept our fingers crossed that we would be underway within a half hour. We were tired and hungry.
But a very big THANK YOU to the couple who brought a pizza to the crew. We hadn't had any food, and had no prospects of getting any. When we talked to them, they said they when they ordered a pizza for themselves, they though of us and ordered an extra one.
Your thoughtfulness in thinking of us was greatly appreciated. I'm often asked how passengers can ingratiate themselves to the crew. I've always said that it's about treating us, and all people, with basic courtesy. The pizza was a classic example.
Bob and Helen --- thank you!