Dating a male flight attendant
We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.
We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.
We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.
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.
As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Advise your destination.” No one said a word about what this could mean.
We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.
We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, Newfoundland to have it checked out. The reality is that we are here for another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U. The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft.
We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts.
Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly.
They started calling us the "plane people." We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.