Several people passed out Monday while waiting for their airplane — which had no air conditioning despite a sweltering 111-degree heat wave — to take off from a Las Vegas airport.
Passengers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta were taxiing at Harry Reid International Airport behind over a dozen other planes when the pilot announced the plane had to turn around due to multiple emergencies, Fox News reported, citing Fox field producer Krista Garvin, who was on the flight.
Several passengers had passed out and some had even soiled themselves — sending frenzied flight attendants running up and down aisles with oxygen tanks. At least five people were wheeled off the plane on stretchers, and the pilot instructed passengers to “hit your call button if you’re having a medical emergency.”
Flight attendants also fell ill during the four hours the group was held on the hot, idling plane. At least one was wheeled off the plane on a stretcher while wearing an oxygen mask. Passengers were given the option to disembark the plane but were told if they left, it could take days for them to be booked on another flight to Atlanta.
While many chose to stay, temperatures remained high. Temperatures at the Las Vegas airport skyrocketed to extremes on Monday and mainly fell between 111 and 115 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
After sitting in the hot aircraft for four hours, stretchers were brought onto the plane and passengers were ordered to head back into the airport. While the flight was moved to take off at 7 a.m. Tuesday, passengers woke that morning and learned that their flight had been canceled once again.
An airport representative told Fox they were unaware of the incident, while officials with Delta said they were investigating.
“We apologize for the experience our customers had on flight 555 from Las Vegas to Atlanta on July 17, which ultimately resulted in a flight cancellation,” Delta said. “Delta teams are looking into the circumstances that led to uncomfortable temperatures inside the cabin and we appreciate the efforts of our people and first responders at Harry Reid International.”
Customers also received apologies and compensation.