You always hear stories about people going to downtown, having a crazy, wild, drunken night and somehow ending up on a plane flying to Ibiza. I mean, it doesn’t happen to everybody but believe it or not stories like that actually exist.
When it does happen, it usually ends up being a pretty epic story to tell to people and everyone ends up laughing about it in the end. But then there are stories that are so bizarre, it’s sometimes hard to even believe.
Recently, a man boarded the wrong plane totally by accident and it resulted in him being “treated like a criminal” all because of the ineptitude of the airline staff. Yepp, this actually happened to a British business man named Samuel Jankowsky.
According to Viral Thread, the 29-year-old was trying to fly back to Essex from Cologne but somehow ended up in Las Vegas.
He told reports that his boarding pass was checked multiple times by airline staff and they didn’t say anything to him.
Once he checked his in-flight tracker he realized that he was going the wrong way. I can’t even imagine what I would do in that situation.
Samuel says that once he was being dealt with by the US immigration officials, they treated him like a “common criminal”.
They also threatened to detain him for not having a visa, according to Viral Thread. The website quoted Samuel saying, “When I got on the plane I did think it was a big plane for a short flight…”
He continued, “…But I didn’t worry about it. I put on my headphones and went to sleep. When I woke up I saw that we had passed the UK”.
Samuel also noted, “I asked the person next to me what was going on and he said: ‘We’re flying to Vegas’. I said: “Can we turn the plane around?’ I didn’t even know Eurowings flew to Las Vegas.”
The dad of two had his wife, Monique, waiting for him in London and was actually seven months pregnant.
Samuel also noted that U.S. Officials probably thought that he tried to sneak onto the plane so he could get a flight to Vegas for a cheap price.
He said that this entire incident not only cost him a lot of time but also a ton of money…around $900 for the food, hotel and flight home.
Samuel says that this entire situation shows the ineptitude of the Eurowings staff after they checked his ticket three times and yet he still got onto the wrong flight.
He ended up arriving home two days later than he intended. In the moment this situation was far from funny, but looking back it sounds like it’s a scene from The Hangover movies.