Though perhaps at times a necessity, especially on those redeye flights, coffee on airplanes is really bad. We’ve all had it and we’ve never enjoyed it. But have you ever had coffee so bad that the plane had to make an emergency landing? Because that’s what happened on a recent Southwest Airlines flight.
Sort Of. According to Daily Mail, Southwest Flight 1539 was traveling from Orlando to Houston when it had to make an emergency stop in Pensacola “after passengers and the crew complained of fumes” that were found to be coming from the coffee maker.
As a frequent flier myself, I feel confident I’m able to put myself on that flight to give you a firsthand account of what happened:
Passenger (played by yours truly) in 25B (because I’m not fancy): I’ll have a coffee please.
Flight attendant: Coming right up.
Passenger: It smells like something is burning.
Flight attendant: I know. You said you wanted coffee. That’s what coffee smells like.
Passenger: What’s all this smoke then?
Flight attendant: That’s uhhh… I’ll be right back.
(EXEUNT FLIGHT ATTENDANT TOWARDS SOURCE OF FUMES)
Passenger: DON’T FORGET MY COFFEE!
But don’t worry, this play doesn’t end in tragedy, unless you think a few hour detour to keep you safe while hurling through the sky at 500mph a tragedy (and given how awful people are on airplanes, you probably do). All passengers and crew were safely deplaned in Pensacola while the cabin was checked. Once all systems were go, the plane successfully made its journey to Houston, where hopefully Southwest—a noted chill airline—treated everyone to coffee and a doughnut at Morningstar.
They probably didn’t, but it would be a lot cooler if they did.
*top image via Trip Advisor