You’re a pilot with a plane full of passengers; you’re all stuck on the tarmac for hours due to annoying snow delays, and you can feel spirits dampening and tempers rising. What do you do?
Well, I’ll tell you what the pilot of an Air Canada Flight 608 did when he was placed in this exact scenario. The flight had been diverted to Fredericton, New Brunswick when the destination ought to have been Halifax, and as the unease grew, the pilot made a decision.
Apparently, that pilot and I are agreed on one essential thing – pizza is the cure to all ailments. The captain ordered twenty-three whole pizzas to be delivered to the plane and handed out to passengers.
I’m pretty sure Minglers Restaurant and Pub in Oromocto had never been asked to deliver to such a location, but that didn’t cause them to hesitate. They delivered all twenty-three pizzas in just an hour!
Though they were short-staffed on this stormy night in New Brunswick, the workers at Mingler were happy to bring joy, said Roch Larivée, the owner, and the manager on the floor that night, Jofee Larivée, said they were all “laughing all night” about the unique request. The delicious pizzas were made and delivered promptly and cheerfully!
Passenger Philomena Hughes stated, “It was something that could have been very stressful. He made it a lot easier. There was lots of help, there were a couple of Air Canada Jazz pilots that were traveling on the plane and they were helping to pick up the pizza and distribute it.
Everybody chipped in, so he didn’t want to take the whole credit for himself.” All Larivée and the pilot wished to do was lift some spirits, and it seems they accomplished just that!
According to Hughes, the pilot was also careful to keep his passengers thoroughly informed on what was happening the entire eight hours they were on the plane after boarding in Toronto. He even called Minglers himself to thank them personally for their aptitude! And now this once-ordinary, kind pilot is a hero!