Stormy, With a 100 Percent Chance of Pizza

On 7 July 2014, a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver, Colorado, from Washington D.C., was diverted by bad weather to Cheyenne Regional Airport in southern Wyoming. The flight eventually made its way to Denver, but arrived hours late after spending approximately two and a half hours on the ground in Wyoming. While on the ground, the pilot, Captain Gerhard Bradner, got hungry for pizza, so he ordered pizza for himself — and for all the passengers. He paid for the 30 or more pizzas with his own money. Passenger Logan Torres said, “The captain took his own initiative. [He said,] ‘Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest [least expensive] airlines in the U.S., but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.’” She said that the pilot “realized we had all gone without real substance for hours longer than planned.” Captain Bradner said, “If the need arises, you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers. They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft.” Frontier Airlines spokesperson Tyri Squyres said, “We have some great pilots who work here. This is not the first time that one of our pilots has gone above and beyond to care for our passengers. Headquartered in Denver, we take pride in our Rocky Mountain hospitality.”

For More Information: Ryan Grenoble, “Frontier Airlines Pilot Buys 30 Pizzas On Own Dime For Stranded Passengers.” Huffington Post. 9 July 2014

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For More Information: Chuck Hickey, “Frontier Airlines captain buys pizza for passengers stuck on stranded flight.” KDVR (Denver, Colorado). 8 July 2014

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