This is a “two hours on the tarmac” story. Recently my family and I boarded the plane in Madrid and were kept on the ground for over 2 hours before takeoff. The reason? While loading the luggage somebody noticed that a screw was missing on a panel. Long story short, a man in Montreal [Air Canada office] took 2 hours to give permission for an EU maintenance man to put in a screw.
I have several thoughts on this – mostly because I had two hours staring at the loading dock next to me.
1. Why the heck can’t I get a glass of wine while all this is going on?
2. I had time to estimate there must be at least 14000 screws on an airplane minimum
3. There’s no way that was the only screw missing and the chance that screw was a safety hazard? Come on.
4. I asked my kids how many screws they thought were in a plane like this. “One less than there should have been” was their reply. Kids don’t care. They just sit there and watch Spiderman. Twice!
Now if by “screw” they meant “engine number 2” then my apologies Air Canada.
Scruffy Scruffington, where were you when I needed you?