London - After being told their flight was delayed due to a "missing" pilot, holidaymakers to Spain were resigned to arriving late.
So many were astonished and nervous when a fellow passenger made an offer to fly the plane.
Fortunately, he was easyJet pilot Michael Bradley, who was desperate to get away on holiday with his wife and son.
Taking over the loudspeaker before the flight took off to Alicante, Bradley said his wife had woken him up in the night to tell him about the likely delay, caused by problems with French air traffic control.
So before they set off for Manchester airport, Bradley decided to take his pilot’s licence with him "just in case". When he phoned his bosses at the terminal, they jumped at his offer to captain the plane.