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Protesting a Canceled Flight? Try Not to Start a Fire

Fire - close up view on the control panel in the airplane

Hey, travelers – if your flight is delayed, there’s a pretty solid list of what you could (and should) do: sit tight and wait if it isn’t that long, try and figure out alternate transportation if possible, and treat the staff with respect. You know what you definitely shouldn’t do? Set your luggage on fire.

We know, we know – having your flight delayed completely sucks. But there’s generally nothing you can do about it, especially in instances like a recent one at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (RWP). A flight was canceled due to bad weather, a common problem that there’s not really any help for. But in this situation, passengers took matters into their own hands.

Pakistan International Airlines’ 7 a.m. flight from Islamabad to Gilgit in Pakistan was first delayed for technical issues, then ultimately canceled because of weather concerns in the area. Passengers were not happy. They started shouting at the airport employees, and someone even shoved a staff member. But one unidentified man takes home the prize for biggest overreaction: He literally set his luggage on fire. His own luggage. In the middle of the airport.

The Civil Aviation Authority put the fire out fast, and nobody was hurt. The airline itself is taking a somewhat benevolent stance.

“No airline can risk flying a passenger plane in bad weather,” a Pakistan International Airlines spokesperson said in a statement reported by Thrillist. “PIA has opted to forgive and forget the incident that happened at Islamabad International Airport on November 15.”

The passengers were all put up in hotels and their flight rescheduled to the next day.

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