Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.
Or you can sit on a diverted plane at a strange airport on a boiling hot plane for, say, six hours.
That was the experience endured by more than a few passengers at Ottawa airport in Canada on Monday.
As the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports, passengers on two different Air Transat planes were left stranded in unpleasant circumstances, after their flights had been diverted from Montreal, due to inclement weather.
These things do happen, of course. The inclement weather part, I mean. Not the stuck for six hours part.
In one case -- a flight that arrived from Brussels -- passengers said that the power on the aircraft failed. To prove it, they posted angry videos, begging for, well, a little respect.
Passenger Laura Mah told CBC that the pilot agreed to open the doors but, for no obvious reason, didn't let the passengers get off the plane.
She said passengers were fuming: "They're just getting mad, saying 'This is not all right, this is not OK, you can't do this to us.' The police are in here and the fire department's in here and they're telling us that they can't do anything, that we just have to stay put."
Mah says passengers were told refueling was needed. Then they were told there was no fuel immediately available.
Finally, one of the passengers called 911.
Only then, it appears, did paramedics arrive and airport employees brought some water.
Mah's Twitter feed shows that after five hours on the tarmac, she tweeted at the airport and the airline.
Only to receive this reply from the airport: "I'm sorry to hear that -- it's up to the airline to determine whether to deplane or wait it out when a flight diverts."
Oddly, the Brussels passenger doesn't seem to have been the only one who dialed 911.
On another flight coming in from Rome, a passenger was so fed up with sitting on the tarmac for four hours that they, too, thought they'd see if the authorities could help.
I contacted Air Transat -- a vacation airline based in Montreal -- to ask for its perspective and will update, should a reply arrive.
The airline issued a statement insisting that it was the airport's fault for not bring out stairways. The airport replied that this wasn't true. A gate was, it said, ready and waiting.
The airport also says that it had food and other supplies such as diapers to give to the passengers, but the airline never gave its approval.
And how's this for a statement from the airport: "We are disappointed that Air Transat has not been forthcoming, transparent or accountable with information concerning their diverted flights."
On Twitter, the airline would only say: "Ottawa airport's version of events is not consistent with ours."
It seems, though, that Air Transat doesn't yet have a version. For it added: "We will continue our investigation and come back with the facts as soon as possible."
As is too often with airlines, it seems that common sense may have been in short supply.
Yes, there are surely security issues with flights coming from overseas, but isn't it worth finding a quick way to get the passengers off the plane so that, for example, they don't vomit or call 911?