Passengers aren’t supposed to be able to board the wrong plane. Boarding passes are scanned at the gate. There’s a manifest — airlines know how many people are supposed to be onboard. When passengers are in the wrong seat, there’s usually another passenger assigned that will say something. But it happens. Occasionally one person, or a couple traveling together, wind up in the same city.
Here are 5 times passengers wound up in Sydney, Nova Scotia instead of Sydney, Australia. If nothing else you’d think boarding an Embraer E-175 for what you expect to be a transpacific flight would be a dead giveaway.
And United sent a French woman to San Francisco even though her boarding pass said Paris, flew an 80 year old blind woman to Denver instead of Raleigh, and sent a puppy on a 24 hour journey after boarding the wrong dog to Minneapolis.
He was supposed to fly from Pisa, Italy to Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, but wound up in Bari in southern Italy instead. He says Ryanair should have stopped him from boarding the wrong plane,
“I went to the wrong gate? And how did you manage to get me through ticket checks?” he can be heard in a viral video shared by fellow passenger Vito Scotella on Twitter. “I have to meet a friend who is sick in Cagliari. I spent 400 euros. I have no money left.”
— vee2.run (@RunVee2) May 20, 2019
The man realized he was on the wrong flight as the plane descended to Bari because “the landscape was different from Cagliari.” That’s when he “started insulting the flight assistants arguing they let him pass through the gates.”
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The flight had departed from an apron position. There were two aircraft boarding at the same time. And apparently he got on the wrong one, and no one happened to be assigned to his seat on the other aircraft.
Ryanair for their part points the finger at the ground handling agent in Pisa, rather than taking responsibility for their contractors.