As her plane made its way toward the runway at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, Peggy Uhle switched off her phone and prepared for take-off. After all, Uhle no doubt believed this flight would be no different than any other she’d ever experienced. But before the pilot could guide the aircraft off the ground, he made an unexpected detour back to the departure gate. Then a flight attendant approached Uhle – and she was told she had to get off the plane immediately.
There are all kinds of fliers, of course. Some passengers can be nervous, while others might only worry during the take-off and landing procedures. Still more might, meanwhile, find catching a plane nothing but fun. But on her scheduled flight in May 2015, passenger Peggy Uhle didn’t have the opportunity to experience either fear or exhilaration.