I was scheduled to leave to London from Amsterdam at 16:15 with EasyJet. Storm got in the way and delayed a certain numbers of flights..mine was delayed till 17:00, no biggies…except that at 17:30 it was still showing ‘Delayed 17:00′ with no indication of gate number. It changed a few minutes to ‘Delayed 19:00′.
19:00 was more about the boarding time. After sitting for a good 15min on the plane with nothing happening, the captain gave a message sort of “Apologies, but the Schiphol airport authorities ask you to go out of the plane. Please take your belonging and ensure you leave nothing behind”. No explanation.
When I got out of the plane on top of the stairs, I noticed (note that you could miss them) a row of about 20 policemen, fully armed with bullet proofs vest and machine guns waiting at the end of the stairs. Shortly after passing them, they jumped on a guy behind me, face against the ground, totally immobilized. His mate was taken promptly to the police bus too.
I noticed those guys while waiting at the security screening and was thinking they were the perfect idiots.
Turned out that they apparently threaten the crew after sitting on the plane and show a knife. (or so was it reported – meaning the security screening was super-efficient)
After the incident, we were told that the police would have to search the plane for any devices or anything suspicious, so it would take something from 30 to 90 minutes.. which bring us to boarding time of 22:00. We were of course not authorized to go back to the airport shopping centre area but confined somewhere else.
Around 22:00 we were brought back to the boarding area where nothing happened..after 30min, we were informed that…well the crew was not there, but was still at the police station writing their statements for the report.
We finally left Schiphol around 23:30.
I crashed at the hotel in London at about 01:30AM.
I wonder if those idiots will be banned from flying the rest of their life and be fined severely. EasyJet itself probably lost 2 flights rotation because of this incident.