A Polish airline recently asked passengers on a flight to chip in for the aircraft's repairs so that it would be fit to take off.
Humans have a lot of fears, some rational others, not so much. Spiders, snakes, clowns, enclosed spaces. There is a number of things people are afraid of and most of them can be easily identified. One of the most common is aviophobia, a fear of flying. Considering what might happen if something were to go wrong while in the air, we kind of get it.
For those who are afraid of flying, it naturally takes an awful lot of persuasion to get them on a plane. Unless they are going somewhere that makes boarding an aircraft an absolute necessity, they probably won't go. If you are someone who has a fear of flying, just imagine you have geared yourself up to a point that you're on the plane ready to go, and this happens.
Someone working on the flight walks down the aisle asking passengers for money to repair the plane. You look out the window, and you can see the mechanic standing there. Sadly, this is not a made-up, hypothetical situation, it actually happened. As reported by People, a LOT Polish Airlines flight traveling from Beijing to Warsaw could not take off due to it needing a repair.
During the 10 hour delay, an employee of LOT decided to shake down the passengers and ask if they could fund the repairs needed for the flight to take off. Four passengers stepped up, scraping together the $350 that was necessary to get the plane fixed. They were reimbursed when they landed in Warsaw but still, we can't quite believe that this actually happened.
If we were on board a plane that needed extra money from passengers to perform repairs while it was on the runway, we would not be on it for long. We would be off of it and looking for another means of travel as quickly as we possibly could. Adrian Kubicki, a spokesperson for the airline, has apologized and explained that there should have been no situation where LOT employees resorted to asking passengers to fund plane repairs.