How a roll of toilet paper delayed a plane flight by 26 hours

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Shortages aren’t just for the mainland. On Thursday, December 15, 2022, flight BY718 of the low-cost airline TUI connecting Manchester (United Kingdom) to Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), initially scheduled for a departure at 9:55 a.m., was delayed by several dozen hours. . In the morning, travelers are warned: the flight will experience a few minutes delay due to unfavorable weather conditions, contextualizes the British daily The Sun newspaper.

A few minutes later, the captain addressed the travelers to apologize and announce that the company in charge of supplying the plane with rolls of toilet paper and hand towels would have delivered, instead… drinks Fruit. Difficult, for a flight of such duration, to do without toilet paper: 5 hours and 55 minutes to go, against 6 hours and 10 minutes to return.

At around 4:30 p.m., the staff finally managed to retrieve a few rolls of toilet paper from another plane. Only here: the members of the crew had already exceeded the maximum legal duration of work. A chain of events that led the airline to postpone the flight to the next day, where the latter was again two hours late. The travelers spent the night in a hotel near the airport. Finally, they were able to fly to Egypt at 11:45 a.m., nearly 26 hours after the posted departure time.

A spokesperson for the company apologized on behalf of TUI: “We are sincerely sorry for the passengers of flight TOM718 which has unfortunately been delayed for a full day, due to a combination of weather conditions, airport congestion and a minor technical glitch that resulted in cabin crew reaching their maximum legal working hours.”