comscore Hawaiian Airlines turns Vegas-bound flight around after passenger was ‘coughing repeatedly’ | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Hawaiian Airlines turns Vegas-bound flight around after passenger was ‘coughing repeatedly’

A Hawaiian Airlines pilot made the decision Monday afternoon to turn around a Las Vegas-bound flight so that an elderly passenger could get medical attention in Honolulu.

Flight HA18 with nonstop service to Las Vegas departed Honolulu at 2:49 p.m. Monday and was a few hours into the flight when a pilot made the call to return the Airbus A330 aircraft to Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said.

The flight landed without incident in Honolulu at 8:15 p.m. The cabin was cleaned and sanitized after all 267 passengers and 10 crew members deplaned.

“The passenger was evaluated and cleared by airport medical personnel and given the option to rebook travel,” Da Silva said.

The flight departed back to Las Vegas at 10:40 p.m. Monday, he said.

“We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience,” Da Silva said. “Ultimately we always err on the side of caution. If you have an elderly passenger who is coughing repeatedly, you want to make sure that gets taken care of before you cross the Pacific.”’

Da Silva said returning flights isn’t something that the airline takes lightly given the inconvenience to passengers and the high cost for the airline.

“Sometimes you just have to make the tough call,” he said.

Comments (49)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up