Weather diversion: It’s a term passengers and flight crews never want to hear. It means the destination hammered by storms and everyone on board will spend hours elbow-to-elbow in cramped conditions.
So, when Frontier Airlines pilot Gerhard Bradner heard that Denver’s airport was closed because of thunderstorms and flight 719 out of Washington, D.C. at 6:40 pm Eastern would instead head to Cheyenne, Wyo., as KUSA-TV reported, he knew it could be a long night. A couple of hours passed on the tarmac in Cheyenne. Bradner was hungry and knew the 157 passengers would be as well. What food there was on the plane quickly ran out, and a hungry crowd can turn into a cranky one.
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