Feb 11, 2010 1:38 PM by APNewsNow
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Close to 100 passengers on a United Airlines flight spent an extra night in New Orleans because of heavy traffic as a result of the parade honoring the Super Bowl-winning Saints,
the airline said Wednesday.
The flight to Los Angeles was supposed to leave at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday.
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the van sent to pick up the flight's pilots was misdirected and then stuck in traffic due to the parade recognizing the Saints' championship win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Although the pilots eventually made their own way to the airport, McCarthy said they were delayed more than two-and-a-half hours. Once the pilots boarded, however, some passengers accused them of being drunk, delaying the flight further.
One passenger then called 9-1-1 for fear the pilots were intoxicated.
McCarthy adamantly denied the allegations and Sgt. Larry Dyess of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies investigating the complaint determined that the allegations were unfounded.
McCarthy said the Tuesday flight was ultimately canceled because the flight crew had "past their duty time," which meant they could not fly because they had been on the clock too long.
The rescheduled flight departed Louis Armstrong International Airport Wednesday afternoon.
Information from: WWL-TV, http://wwltv.com
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