Thursday night’s American Airlines flight AA2354 from Los Angeles to Dallas Fort-Worth diverted to Wichita Falls, Texas due to severe thunderstorms.
Everyone is cranky and hungry, the captain ordered 40 Papa John’s pizza to make the ordeal a bit easier on passengers. He ran out front of the terminal to meet the driver and help bring over the pies.
He’s been lauded for it, but says he’s no hero. Everyone was pitching in,
My First Officer was on the telephone with crew tracking / hotel desk arranging for our release and hotels for the entire crew. The Flight Attendants manned a galley cart from the aircraft serving waters, juice, and sodas to all the passengers in the terminal. All while the Envoy SPS Personnel were arranging for a bus, re-booking flights, and answering a flurry of questions from these passengers. Thanks to everyone for your help – there is no “I” in TEAM.
The flight continued on the next morning, and passengers ate pizza. The airline certainly isn’t at fault for weather. They can only circle so long with the fuel they’d have on board. Eventually the crew times out. And everyone just needs to get rest. It’s the perfect time to hit your credit card’s trip delay coverage.
What interests me here is the pilot’s choice of pizza which could cause some controversy. Is it ok to eat Papa John’s again?
By now we’re all familiar with the ex-Chairman and Founder of Papa John’s being taped going through an crisis PR exercise where, as an example of something that would be a Very Big Problem, he said the ‘n word’. Someone with an agenda leaked the tape, and he was ousted from the company.
Philosopher Chrissy Teigen makes this point (she’s referring to another Famous American),
I’ve gone my entire life without saying the n word. Not when singing a song, not out loud, not in my head. It really isn’t that hard. The trick is to just…not say it. And boom! You’ve never said it and there’s no tape of you saying it.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 14, 2018
Politics aside Papa John’s is probably the best of the large pizza delivery chains. Thank goodness the pilot didn’t order Domino’s or Pizza Hut, that stuff is just nasty.
So whatever you think about the controversy surrounding the ex-CEO of the chain he’s the ex-CEO of the chain, it’s ok for pilots to order pizza from them in large quantity, there’s no reason to self-immolate with other chains’ cardboard with red paint.