So maybe you don’t need a passenger bill of rights to get off a jet that’s stuck on the tarmac. Maybe you just need a percussion section.
Passengers on a Continental flight that was diverted to Baltimore and stuck on the tarmac for five hours last month were finally released after they clapped and drummed on the overhead bins until the pilot called the police.
Nobody was hurt, nobody was arrested, and though the passengers said they were threatened by a flight attendant and menaced by a police dog, they at least got off the plane.
I like the idea of passengers applying civil disobedience in these situations. Because civil rights is what this is all about – our rights as passengers, customers and the citizens of a democracy to self-determination and freedom of movement.
So remember the percussion trick. And sign the petition, too.