Passengers furious after 28-hour flight

Being stuck on the ground in an airliner for 12 hours is bad enough, but then imagine having to stay in the plane for another 16 hours to reach your destination.

That’s what happened Saturday in Abu Dhabi for passengers and crew aboard Etihad Airways Flight 183, a Boeing 777 scheduled to fly to San Francisco. The airline apologized, blaming an “unprecedented fog disruption” that forced the airport to close runways until authorities said it was safe to take off.

Passengers expected to push back from the gate at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but they didn’t go wheels up until 2:30 p.m., the airline said.

The European Union’s rules give passengers the right to deplane after tarmac delays of five hours. After one hour, the airline must provide air conditioning, water, and toilet access but Etihad passengers ‘stranded without food for 12 hours on plane’ in 28-hour journey from Abu Dhabi