101.2 SYNOPSIS: On Montego Air Flight 828, Michaela is undecided on whether or not to marry Jared. The plane encounters extreme weather and experiences turbulence. Later, when the pilot identifies the plane, air traffic control is confused and diverts it to a different airport.
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After taking off
BETHANY: Peanuts? You’re welcome. [MOVING DOWN AISLE] Ma’am, would you like peanuts?
KELLY: Do you have anything sodium-free?
MICHAELA: Great marriage pep talk. Thank you.
BEN: Why are you fighting this, when all it’s gonna do is make you happy? It’s all we want for you.
MICHAELA: That was really sweet of you.You must be drunk.
/LIGHTNING/THUNDER CRASHES/ALARM BLARING/PASSENGERS SHOUTING/
BETHANY: It’s okay. Everyone
/THUNDER CRASHES/BANGING/BLARING CONTINUES/THUNDER CRASHES/PASSENGERS SCREAMING/ ENGINES WHINING/CABIN BELL DINGS/
What did they feel like during the turbulence? Were there any physical symptoms that they had in common, especially unusual ones? Did anyone hear or see anything unusual outside the plane during the minutes before, during and after the turbulence? Did anyone who was online notice anything strange? What did the captain and co-pilot experience during the turbulence? Was there anything unusual in the plane’s readings?
After the turbulence
DALY: Ugh. Terribly sorry, folks. That was extreme turbulence resulting from a sudden weather surge that was not on the radar. Rest assured, engines’ controls are okay. But, please, keep those seat belts fastened.
Saanvi dropped her laptop during the turbulence. The screen is smashed in and the computer is broken.
BETHANY: Is there anything crazy-important on there?
SAANVI: Only six weeks’ worth of research data.
HARVEY: Stewardess. I’m gonna need another drink.
BETHANY: You and me both, sir. You and me both.
Preparing for landing
DALY: New York approach. Montego Air 8-2-8. Level one five thousand.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL: This is New York approach. Uh, repeat your call sign, please?
DALY: We are MA 8-2-8. [SWITCH CLICKS, BEEP] Repeat Montego Air 8-2-8. Montego Bay to JFK. Copy that?
CLARKE: [JAMAICAN ACCENT] Any time now.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL: Can I get your name, Captain, and the number of passengers and crew on your manifest?
DALY: Uh, this is Captain William Daly. We have 191 souls on board, all of whom would love to touch down on one of your runways.
/CABIN BELL DINGS/
DALY: [ON PLANE’S SPEAKER] Sorry, folks. Apologies and a half. We are diverting to Stewart Airport – up in Newburgh – [PASSENGERS GROAN] spitting distance from the city. But for any of those who are trying to make a connecting flight, we owe you one. Flight attendants, prepare for landing.
Why the Plane was Diverted
The controller diverts them from JFK to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY, 60 miles north of Manhattan—well away from the population center, in case they turn out to be terrorists, aliens or contagious. It’s also a combination public/military airport.
/CABIN BELL DINGS/ENGINES ROARING/TIRES SCREECHING/SCATTERED APPLAUSE/CABIN BELL DINGS/
BEN: Seriously? No service?
/CABIN BELL DINGS/
DALY: And the inconvenience continues. We’ve been asked to deplane right here on the tarmac.