What would seem like an easy task, ended up taking a little longer than expected. After the South Africa Airways flight pulled away from the terminal at JFK, the pilot announced we’re 17th in line to depart and would probably be 45 minutes before we take off – to be expected at JFK. As we were waiting, the cabin crew started running around fussing over a passenger in the next section. A few minutes later a request if there are any doctors on board to identify themselves. Uh-oh, not good.
We returned to the tarmac – to be met by an ambulance, police, and more airport personnel. The passenger was removed from the plane, as well, they retrieved his luggage from the hold. After an hour and a half, we started our journey again, only to be 25th in line to take-off!
Seventeen hours later, after an hour long stop in Dakar (Senegal) to re-fuel and exchange some passengers, we arrived in Jo’burg. It was poring rain, but we made it to the Airport Grand Hotel safe and sound. And now it’s early to bed, as I have no idea what time zone my body is in, but I’m feeling pretty tired. Off to Windhoek, Namibia tomorrow!