Old fella wrote:
Captains authority in this situation should override corporate issues, my humble opinion.
Disclaimer: this is written from the comfort of my kitchen table with a coffee in hand and central air conditioning operable.
My gut feeling is the employer said "no" due to dollars and cents. Easy for that manager to make that decision when contacted while at the pub or the golf course for example, or in his air conditioned office.
So at which point does the crew say " this is ***ked. We have an unsafe work environment, we have passengers getting sick, we have passengers getting agitated, etc".
Worst ever I had to face was a two hour red alert at YYZ a mere 200 feet short of my inbound gate and three weeks vacation starting 201 feet later. And in hindsight that was too long, even though engines stayed running and cabin environment was tolerable.
Was the cabin crew having any success telling the left seater the seriousness of the situation? Was the left seater being told by Operations to keep everyone aboard no matter what? Don't know much about AT corporate culture but there should NEVER be any repercussions for making a decision as crew in the interest of passenger and crew health and safety. Even if you remove passengers from this equation, you have your own crew to take care of. How fit for further duty would YOU be ?
Was this crew made up of limp noodles worried about disobeying Operation's instructions?
Call me up on the carpet afterwards but you will regret it. But I know my employer and union would support my decision so I needn't worry about that.