I really enjoy flying Hong Kong-based oneworld airline Cathay Pacific on short haul flights, because while they do have a ‘short haul’ business class (which is better than US airline first class) often short flights like the 1049 mile Hong Kong – Bangkok route will be operated by long haul aircraft with fully flat seats (and in either case you get a multi-course meal up front).
Wednesday’s Cathay Pacific flight CX705 was operated by an Airbus A350. And it suffered a 3 hour delay for a rather unusual reason.
A passenger seated towards the back of the plane tried to open an overhead bin but pulled off the ceiling panel instead.
Unbeknownst to him, there are no overhead storage bins in that section of the A350. According to Oriental Daily, Cathay Pacific staff had informed passengers at the time that those particular seats were not equipped with lockers, although we guess some people just prefer to learn things the hard way.
HK01 reports that the man “flat-out refused to believe that he couldn’t stow his luggage there” and ended up tearing the damn panel off the ceiling, creating a massive, gaping hole.
280 passengers were onboard Cathay Pacific’s very first A350 which was performing the flight. The presumably-embarrassed passenger who pulled down the ceiling panel continued on the flight.