This is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year in the US, and as a result airports are about as stressful as they get. There are long lines, flights are full, and people have places they need to go. So this is about as good of a time as any to share a story like this, of passengers making the best of a situation in a way that’s bound to make you smile.
CBC has the story of Monday night’s WestJet flight 328 from Toronto to St. John’s, which was delayed by just under 30 minutes. Typically when flights are delayed passengers get irritated, but that’s not what these passengers did. Instead two passengers got out their instruments (an accordion and a guitar), and the rest of the gate area joined them in song. Per CBC:
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians kept up their reputation for making the best of a bad situation Monday night, when a group of them turned a delayed flight into an impromptu singalong.
Passengers had just found out their WestJet flight from Toronto to St. John’s was going to be delayed for just over 30 minutes.
So, Sheldon Thornhill thought it would be a good time to break out his accordion, and fellow musician Sean Sullivan opened his guitar case to ramp up the fun.
Add a group of enthusiastic singers who knew the words to some classic songs, and all the ingredients for a Newfoundland kitchen party were there.
Of course there are videos of all of this:
I had the chance to visit Newfoundland in the spring. While my ultimate destination was the incredible Fogo Island Inn, I also had the chance to visit Gander and St. John’s. While the landscape was incredible, it was the people that stood out to me the most. I encountered some of the friendliest people I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with here. Clearly I’m not alone in feeling this way, as “Come From Away” is a popular musical about the hospitality of people from Newfoundland following 9/11 (given the number of planes that diverted there).
St. John’s, Newfoundland
So if something like this was going to happen, I’m not surprised it was on a flight to Newfoundland.