Calgary family stranded in Palm Springs forced to catch plane in L.A. after 737 MAX 8 flight cancelled
|globalnews.ca 14 Mar 2019 at 14:15|
A Calgary family vacationing in Palm Springs, Cali. said they were forced to rent a vehicle and drive to Los Angeles to get back home to Calgary after Canada grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following a .
Barb Marjoram said she and her party of nine had spent a week in Palm Springs, taking in a long family vacation.
On Wednesday, they were supposed to board an Air Canada flight from Palm Springs to Calgary on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane when Marjoram was told by airline staff the flight was cancelled.
Canada was one of the last countries to ground the planes after 157 people — including 18 Canadians — lost their lives on Sunday when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. No Boeing 737 Max 8 or 9 airplanes are allowed to enter Canadian airspace until further notice.
“There was mostly confusion. Huge lineups at the car rental. Everyone was trying to figure out what they were going to do,” Marjoram said Thursday. “Everyone was on their cell phone trying to get a hold of customer service.”
“They advised us there weren’t going to be a lot of flights out of Palm Springs and that we would be better off to get to L.A. where there were more options,” Marjoram said Thursday in Los Angeles.
Under the advice of the Air Canada agent in Palm Springs, Marjoram, her husband, her two daughters and their husbands, plus their grandchildren rented two vehicles to drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles — about a two-hour drive, according to Google Maps.