A Flight-Delay Excuse I'd Never Heard Before
I have heard a lot of reasons for planes being delayed, but this was a new one. My Delta flight out of JFK was just about to push back from the gate when the captain made an announcement. He explained that there is a wheelchair on board every flight, and the one on this plane had had a malfunction - the handle broke, he said - which made it unusable. It didn't seem to matter that no passengers on the flight had needed a wheelchair to board: the plane couldn't take off, he said, until a replacement was brought on board.