Dating a male flight attendant
There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips.Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Thank you to the flight attendant who wrote it so that we could hear about it!We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area.
After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced to land.Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport.Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places.Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. So often people take what is done for them for granted without showing appreciation.In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte. We don't help others to get something in return, but when it happens, WOW!!
All the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the "guests." Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school.