I ended up on the fallacious flight dwelling from vacation in Turkey – I solely realised after making harmless comment

I ended up on the wrong flight home from holiday in Turkey – I only realised after making innocent remark

A PASSENGER returning to the UK from Turkey narrowly prevented an enormous journey blunder after sitting down and realising he was on the fallacious aircraft. 

Matt Hodgetts, 56, from West Bromwich, West Midlands, was heading dwelling after a two-week journey overseas when he realised he’d boarded a flight to Gatwick as an alternative of Birmingham. 

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He realised he was on the fallacious aircraft when the passengers advised him they have been off to Gatwick[/caption]

The 56-year-old had been holidaying in Turkey earlier than he went to go away from Dalaman Airport

The van driver solely turned curious one thing was fallacious when he made an harmless comment to different passengers as they have been about to take off.

Matt advised The Solar On-line: “I had walked by the airbridge, walked on to the aircraft, I introduced my boarding go so I sat down.

“I might hear all these cockney accents however I wasn’t considering nothing of it. 

“I mentioned ‘I can’t wait to get again to again to Birmingham’ they usually all smiled at me and other people began laughing, they usually mentioned ‘you imply Gatwick?’ and ‘I mentioned you’ve obtained to be joking me’.



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“I couldn’t imagine it and I believe they have been in all probability me, these different passengers, considering ‘what’s happening right here?’

“Nicely then I heard ‘the captain talking’, and he mentioned ‘Gatwick’.

“As quickly as I heard Gatwick, I stood up from my isle seat and mentioned ‘I’m going to Birmingham, I ain’t going close to the place Gatwick’.” 

Matt had been visiting Turkey with mates and was booked to fly dwelling to Birmingham on Tui flight TOM415 at 8:50pm on October 29.

The group made it by check-in collectively however have been separated at safety when he was pulled apart so officers might examine his bag which holds his insulin.

He says as soon as he got here out of that “15 minute rigmarole” he headed to the gate.

As he was processed by, Matt confirmed his passport and boarding go to the safety officers.

He mentioned: “She mentioned ‘head straight down’, in order that’s what I did, I adopted all people down. 

“ what it’s like in airports, you’re retired by the point you get by.”

Matt says he confirmed an EasyJet air hostess his boarding go for his Tui flight however nobody picked up he was on the fallacious aircraft.

As an alternative, Matt says that Matt was requested to maneuver seats so a household might sit on the one he was allotted.

He defined: “I mentioned ’21A’, she mentioned ‘are you right here by yourself?’ I mentioned ‘sure’, she mentioned ‘do you thoughts swapping as a result of there’s a household who need to sit collectively’, I mentioned ‘no downside, she mentioned ’19c then’.”

However when he walked to 19C, another person was already in that seat too, so he was given one other seat within the isle.

Matt mentioned: “I walked down, obtained to my reallocated seat, 19C as an alternative of 21A and it was full, I mentioned ‘I’ve simply been requested to take a seat in 19C as a result of anyone else is in my seat’, in order that they mentioned ‘don’t fear about that, simply sit there.”


When he ultimately realised he could be touchdown about 118 miles from the place he actually needed to go, he made his option to the entrance of the aircraft.

He mentioned: “I needed to wait about 5 minutes, as a result of they’d already taken the gate off, they usually needed to reattach the gate and open the door. 

“I used to be panicking and saying to the airhostess ‘my flight to Birmingham hasn’t gone, has it?’ I’m positive she mentioned ‘that is EasyJet, we’re off to Gatwick.” 

They reattached the bridge and Matt was directed to the hall he was supposed to show down for his flight.

He mentioned: “It was humorous however I used to be considering ‘blimey’, I couldn’t imagine I’d really obtained on the aircraft. 

“I used to be simply glad that my aircraft hadn’t taken off. I used to be so relieved.” 

An EasyJet spokesperson advised The Solar On-line the matter was swiftly handled and apologised for the inconvenience. 

He mentioned: “We’re investigating with Dalaman airport and with our accomplice airline which was working this flight on behalf of EasyJet.

“As quickly as the error was realised, previous to departure, the passenger was transferred to their appropriate flight which was being boarded on the identical time by the identical gate and we’re sorry for any inconvenience precipitated.

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“Because the passenger had accomplished safety checks at no level was the protection of the flight compromised.

“The protection of our passengers is all the time our highest precedence.” 

The 56-year-old obtained an enormous fright when he realised he was on the fallacious aircraft