Last updated: 09:52 PM ET, Mon March 30 2015

Virgin Atlantic Flight Delayed by Impromptu Foam Party

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | March 30, 2015

Virgin Atlantic Flight Delayed by Impromptu Foam Party

Image via Twitter

When toasting the maiden voyage of an airplane make sure to use water and not foam, because the distinction is worth precious hours of your passengers’ time.

Mashable’s Jessica Plautz reports a well-intentioned tip of the cap caused an annoying delay for those hoping to enjoy the first flight of Virgin Atlantic from Manchester, United Kingdom, to Atlanta, Georgia.

Plautz explains how something so simple can quickly go awry for officials: “The Airbus A330 had just arrived in Manchester when, instead of spraying the outside of the plane with water, cannons covered the jet in a thick foam.”

Like a coed enjoying a frat foam party, there was a need to cleanse the plane before taking on any official business.

The plane had to be completely rinsed of the foam before departure, which meant a delay many were happy to chronicle on Twitter for the rest of us.

Peter Evans gives us this image of what seems like a plane that has seen better days:

As Plautz notes, a water salute is a time-honored tradition. In this case, it was meant to celebrate what the Daily Mail states was the inaugural journey from Atlanta to Manchester.

But before it was prepared to make a return flight it was doused with foam instead of water—a mistake that caused the flight to be cancelled, with passengers getting a do over the following day.

The report hints at the severity of the gaffe: “Some 252 departing passengers hoping to enjoy an on-time departure at 10.35am instead faced a five hour delay before finally being told the flight would have to be cancelled altogether. They are being put up at hotels overnight and told to report for a replacement flight at 9.30am Tuesday.”

Some were happy to give their own salute to officials for the mistake via Twitter:

We have to use this moment to remind you that foam parties, while sounding like a blast in theory, always lead to a gigantic mess.

The stuff gets everywhere and ruins an otherwise fantastic party or, in this case, an international flight.


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