Talk about being a hero. A Delta Airlines pilot ordered pizzas to calm angry passengers when the airline's plane bound for Atlanta from Philadelphia was diverted to Knoxville, Tennessee because of storms. As torrential rains swept through Atlanta, some flights were delayed arriving at one of the world's busiest airport and Delta's home base. Pizza delivered to the aircraft via baggage cart seemed to cheer everyone up, according to their social media posts.
It was a bad weather day for both Delta and Atlanta's busy airport. Delta had 106 cancelations and 653 flight delays, according to Daniel Baker, head of Flightaware.com. Baker applauded the use of food to handle the potentially difficult situation. "A meal can go a long way to calming nerves and it raises the observation that there were far fewer incidents of air rage when airlines gave out food and cocktails for free!" he said.Such gestures have been reported in the US earlier as well. Last year in July, Gerhard Bradner, a Frontier Airlines pilot and captain of an Airbus A320, ordered 50 pizzas - enough for the whole plane - when severe thunderstorms forced the plane to divert to southern Wyoming. He had paid out of his own pocket for the pizzas then. Brandner had said he was hungry when the plane touched down so he decided to call a pizza outlet. And instead of eating the pie himself, he ordered 50 pizzas.Top Photo Source: @RileyVasquez on Twitter
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