Watch: Passengers Stuck On Plane Sing ‘I Believe I Can Fly’


Vibe | June 11, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Passengers on Allegiant Air Flight 59 found humor in a scorching situation. Stuck for almost two hours on a plane on the tarmac without air conditioning or water, passengers were melting in Las Vegas, where the temperature nearly reached 100 degrees. Their solution? Belt out some R. Kelly.

“With no water, I just honestly didn’t think they cared about the well-being of the customers,” Jenisis Altamirano, one of the passengers onboard the plane told KNXV-TV about the ordeal.

ABC News reports that federal regulations require an airline provide sufficient food and water if passengers are stuck on the plane for more than two hours. Planes are mandated to return to the gate to allow passengers to exit the aircraft if tarmac delays exceed three hours. Fortunately, the passengers were eventually moved to another plane only to get stuck on the aerial runway again due to mechanical issues.

One of the passengers decided to pull out a portable stereo and R. Kelly’s 1996 classic hit began to pour out of the speakers, prompting the passengers to burst into song.

Allegiant Air issued a statement saying, “While we’re glad that our customers were able to make light of the delay by singing an R. Kelly song, we take these matters very seriously. Allegiant’s top priority is the safety of each of our passengers and crew members, and we will always take a delay to ensure the safety of all involved.”

The Phoenix-bound flight eventually took off and passengers were credited $100 on their future travel plans. – Kandice Lawson