When a LOT Polish Airlines flight from Beijing to Warsaw experienced a technical issue that required repairs before they could take off, they turned to the passengers for help. Since the mechanics reportedly wouldn’t accept anything but cash, airline staff came up with the bright ideas to ask passengers to shell out their own cash to help pay for the repairs.
Apparently, there was an issue with the plane’s hydraulics that called for a new pump. But according to reports, the staff at the airport in Beijing, China wouldn’t accept a bank transfer as payment. So, some of the 249 passengers chipped in to raise more than $350 in cash. One of the passengers Daniel Golebiowski was shocked about the situation, saying, “I cannot believe that transactions take place here in cash under the table with the mechanic standing next to the plane – incredible.”
Luckily, the generous donors were reportedly reimbursed and given vouchers when they finally safely arrived in Warsaw… after waiting more than 10 hours for the repairs to be done. And the staff member who originally asked for their hard-earned cash will be penalized, though it’s not clear how. A spokesman for the airline has apologized to the passengers, adding, “there are no circumstances that justify asking for money from passengers.”