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Oahu-bound passengers stuck in San Francisco 'ready to riot,' attorney says

By Dan Nakaso

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LAST UPDATED: 09:10 a.m. HST, Apr 02, 2012



A Honolulu-bound United Airlines flight out of San Francisco has been stuck on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport this afternoon, and the passengers "are ready to riot," said the husband of one of the passengers.

"They've been held prisoner for 24 hours — either on the plane or on the floor of the airport," said Honolulu attorney Michael Rudy.

His wife, Dr. Cheryl Lynn Rudy of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, is stuck on United Airlines Flight 73 and needs to get back to work to tend to patients Monday.

"They're starting to riot on the plane," said Michael Rudy, who has been speaking to his wife on her cell phone. The crew is "trying to get them to remain calm."

But United Airlines spokeswoman Mary Clark said the passengers were inside the airport and not in the plane.

"They're not on the plane," she said. "They're in the airport and they can leave and do whatever they want for the next nine hours."

Dr. Rudy did not respond to repeated phone calls and texts to her cell phone.

The original 767-400 plane experienced "an aircraft maintenance issue," Clark said, and a replacement plane is en route to San Francisco from Honolulu.

The new flight Sunday is scheduled to leave San Francisco at 1:40 a.m. Monday and arrive in Honolulu at 3:50 a.m.

United Flight 73 is scheduled to depart San Francisco daily at 4:40 p.m.  and arrive in Honolulu at 6:59 p.m.

Dr. Rudy was among the passengers aboard United Airlines flight 73 on Saturday that never left, her husband said.

After three hours on the tarmac, Rudy said, the crew announced that it had a mechanical issue.

Passengers were finally removed from the plane after midnight and were given the option of taking a shuttle bus to a nearby hotel, which Dr. Rudy did, her husband said.

She and other passengers were told to meet the shuttle bus at 4 a.m. this morning.

But Dr. Rudy and the other passengers arrived at the airport today to find "no plane and no crew," Michael Rudy said.

"They waited for nine hours and finally boarded at 1 p.m. today," Rudy said. "They've been kept sitting on the tarmac for another 2 1/2 hours and they (United's crew) won't let them get off the plane. They were told there were problems with the luggage inspection, they've been told the plane is overweight."

"People are starting to riot. They won't let them leave their seats."







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IAmSane wrote:
Yeah, great job dedicating an article to a quote from a random, overreacting guy. What he says is somehow relevant because he's an attorney?
on April 1,2012 | 05:12PM
kaupani wrote:
Amen to that! It's so lame that the article's lead-in is a quote from an attorney, who it turns out is married to a passenger. Of what difference is it that he's an attorney I wonder? More of the age-old mentality that one's word is more meaningful if one is an "expert" or otherwise of the gilded class. Lame.
on April 1,2012 | 05:22PM
SharonOnKauai wrote:
Of course it's releavent he one loi-yah! Dey always tell da troot! No madda wat!?!? Da troot, da hole troot an nuttin' but da troot, lai-dat!
on April 1,2012 | 05:22PM
busthalfnut wrote:
Agreed. A riot? Really? Like Watts back in the day?
on April 1,2012 | 05:24PM
Oahuan wrote:
The unfriendly skies of United. NEXT TIME FLY HAWAIIAN!!!
on April 1,2012 | 05:16PM
awahana wrote:
I've been stuck on tarmac with Hawaiian Air for over 4 hours. And another time, a mechanical, and waited all day for a replacement plane. All airlines suck.
on April 1,2012 | 09:22PM
Loki wrote:
Wow a whole story from hearsay. A passengers husband.
on April 1,2012 | 06:25PM
JasonSeaborn wrote:
Soooooo, would the headline have been "Line Cook: Oahu-bound passengers stuck in San Francisco 'ready to riot'" if the guy who offered his opinion was employed at Duke's? Do I need to come back to the copy desk and crack skulls!?
on April 1,2012 | 06:42PM
ray8shi wrote:
Attorneys do not see things in black and white....only green
on April 1,2012 | 07:28PM
MollyStrode wrote:
After the article there is list "More from the Star-Advertiser" which has links to other articles. The implication is that these are current related events. I had read several of them in amazement and finally realized that these are not current events. The first item, "Bomb threat probed on flight at Oakland airport," was from September 19, 2011. It would be much clearer and not lead to an inaccurate understanding if the title were something different: "Related articles from the past," or "Previous related articles," or something more descriptive.
on April 1,2012 | 11:14PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Hey folks I'll tell you what "cracks me up" w/ a story like this. Let me use this scenario. You have a car. The car has a mechanical breakdown and is now in the shop for a few days; maybe longer. Do you hear about the owner of the car wanting to riot & sue the maker of the car because it broke down ????? But if an airplane breaks down & people want to riot and an "ambulance chaser" attorney gets his comments in the paper ??? WHOA STOP RIGHT THERE...If you are a person of intelligence understand this...anything mechanical and man made WILL AT SOME TIME AND POINT BREAK DOWN...THAT'S LIFE...LIFE WILL THROW THINGS AT YOU THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAPPEN..."MAKE LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS"...WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVE BALL LEARN TO HIT IT OR DON'T PLAY THE GAME...by that I mean if you can't handle what life throws at you STAY AT HOME, LOCK THE DOOR, AND DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE. If you think you know it all or can do better, then get in there and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND QUIT WHINING !!!!!
on April 2,2012 | 12:26PM
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