NEWARK — Superheroes don’t always fly and wear capes. Sometimes, they’re wearing flip flops and lying on the airport floor.
Rachel Brumfield, who married her husband Mike two years ago, can be considered a modern-day hero after noticing a major gas leak on United flight 170 flying from Newark to Venice on June 13, 2017, where the couple were to begin their honeymoon.
The leak, which appeared to be coming from the plane’s wing and clearly visible from Brumfield’s seat, seemed to the couple as a major red flag. But when Mike notified a flight attendant, he was sent back to his seat with the assurance that everything was normal, Brumfield told the New York Post.
That’s when Brumfield took a video of the leak, which she later posted on Twitter. In the video, she can be heard saying, “This is not normal. She (the flight attendant) lied to you.”
— Rachel (@RachelEPas) June 14, 2017
Eventually, the flight crew informed the pilot of the leak, which was later confirmed to be fuel.
To reward Brumfield and her husband for their vigilance, the pilot invited them into the cockpit for a glass of champagne. Cheers to saving the day!
The flight was eventually cancelled and all passengers were promised accommodation and seats on another flight departing the next day. But since Brumfield and her husband had to be in Venice in a hurry to board a cruise, they took it upon themselves to book an earlier flight on their own.
All was going well until the couple learned that United, for reasons unknown, would only provide them with a food voucher and not cover the cost of accommodation. This meant an uncomfortable night sleeping at the airport, where Brumfield eventually managed to catch a few Z’s on the floor.
Mike took to Facebook to vent his frustrations, writing: “We saved your united flight 170 from possibly crashing into the Atlantic, you praised us saying you’d take GOOOOD care of us, then canceled the flight and disappeared. We’re supposed to be in Venice right now, starting a romantic day. But luckily, several united airlines employees have been super rude to us, so at least there’s that!!”
After a long night at the airport, the couple eventually made it to Venice where they boarded their cruise. However, their bad luck followed them all the way onboard, where Mike was struck by the Noro Virus.
On Facebook, Brumfield wrote: “Super fun update. Noro Virus “outbreak” on our ship. Guess who caught ittttt!! My husband is “quarantined in the room for 24 hours”. Anyone wanna fly to Malta and hang out with me?!?! Geez!! Well I guess I can tan today and not worry about him burning.”
We’re hoping the couple managed to salvage some of their romantic honeymoon. If you’re going to be sick anywhere in the world, there’s no better place to be than Venice, we say!