A flight from New York to Tel Aviv on Saturday was said to be delayed after the doors to the plane were closed “one half-second late.”
According a ground services report published by Globes, customer services representatives at Newark Airport declared that Flight UA90 would not takeoff on time because “crew refused to extend for half a second. Door closed late.”
The flight was originally due to takeoff at 10:50 p.m.
Tweets from disgruntled passengers show that they only boarded the plane at 1 a.m. and that the crew then reportedly refused to fly. The passengers were deplaned at 3:30 a.m.
“The passengers had to wait in the airport. We were not taken to a hotel; in effect, they are forcing us to stay at the airport,” one passenger told Globes. “According to the information given to us, an alternative flight to New York is scheduled to take off at 8:30 AM New York time.”
Pilots and air crew operate under strict rules governing the number of hours they can work in any 24 hour period.
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United confirmed to Globes that the flight was delayed.