Tonight I was relaxing (sound asleep) in First Class on Alaskan Air to Seattle when a guy nearby needed medical attention. The plane was 2 hours out of HNL on the longest route with no alternative airports.
For his life and safety the flight was returned to HNL.
An entire 737 is inconvenienced. In some cases unable to get home for two days.
Who should pay for the inconvenience and hotel, car rental costs. One girl was in tears as she was stuck two nights with no hotel. The airline has paid a fortune for fuel, man hours, etc. etc. The 150+ individuals are inconvenienced and perhaps pushed over budget. The person just got sick, right?
What do TA members think?
Now, a twist. The sick patient was a medical doctor who had consumed at least 4 drinks on the plane and admitted he had taken a double dose of Ambien.
Do you still think the same entity or people should pay? Or, is the Doctor culpable?