LAst night, my family and I were on DL 256 from POP to ATL. Due to weather in ATL, we were diverted to AGS (Augusta GA). Our crew was a lot unhappier than the passengers. We were cleared to land at ATL and diverted after we’d used up all of our fuel apparently. I had selfishly hoped to be diverted to RDU (my home airport).
Anyway…we landed and I started thinking about hotels in Augusta and renting a car for this morning. Until the captain gave us the bad news.
1: AGS didn’t have a jetway or stairs to reach a 757.
2: They didn’t have immigration or customs services
3: The crew had to “get out pencils and paper” to determine if they had enough “flight time” left in the day to take us to ATL.
It turns out they did and after about 90 minutes in AGS, we hopped to ATL.
My question is “What if they didn’t have time left?”
What would they have done with us? If the airport didn’t have a means to deplane us, what would they do? Exit chutes/slides? Could an immigration officer drive over from ATL and clear us? Is that allowed?
Would they have forced us to stay on the plane?
Fortunately, it all worked out and us passengers all took it much better than the crew. We got home at 2:20 this morning (without our bags mind you), so it all worked.
I’m just wondering what could have happened. What does one do with a plane that has no gas and no crew when it’s sitting at an airport that can’t accept it both from a physical standpoint and a no customs standpoint?