Passengers waiting for delayed plane were bored to tears—until two people did something that made everyone smile

November 24, 2017 7:27 am Last Updated: November 24, 2017 7:31 am

For many people, airplane trips are not a fun experience. As a result of the long lines to get through customs and security, long waits, and cramped seating on the plane itself, it can put people in a foul mood.

The worst part of the experience, though, usually comes at the gate itself, when passengers are let in on the news that their plane has been delayed and that all their efforts to arrive on time were for nought. Grumpy faces are common when such news is shared, and one will often hear an audible groan.

Such a situation occurred in Toronto’s Pearson Airport recently, but things took a surprising and fun turn. Passengers waiting for a flight to Newfoundland and Labrador on November 20 were saved from boredom and aggravation when a spontaneous music jam session began.

While waiting to board their flight, two musicians, Sheldon Thornhill and Sean Sullivan, pulled out their instruments and began playing some classic Newfoundland tunes.

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Michelle Sacrey Philpott, a travel agent, was one of the other passengers waiting for the plane and enjoying the musical entertainment.

“It was just Newfoundlanders having fun, enjoying each other’s company,” Sacrey Philpott told globalnews.ca. “Music. Culture. That’s where our heritage is from.”

Some people got involved with the musicians, singing, dancing, and cheering them on. Others ignored them and waited in silence for their plane, which they were supposed to board at any minute. By the time boarding was to begin, a large crowd had gathered around the musicians, many viewers grinning from ear-to-ear.

Then came the news of the delay.

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“[A staff member] said, ‘Sorry folks, we have some bad news,’” Sacrey Philpott said. “The plane was delayed for another 30 minutes.”

The crowd exchanged looks with each other—the next thing to do was clear. The musicians got out their instruments and starting playing again.

“Well, with that, everyone cheered and they said, ‘All right, let’s go again!’ and we just started again,” Sacrey Philpott said.

“If that flight had been delayed two, three, four hours, that kitchen party would have continued on.”

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During the session, Sacrey Philpott pulled out her phone and broadcast snippets of the spontaneous music party over Facebook Live. Her videos have since been seen over 100,000 times.

When the delay was over and everyone was finally allowed to board the plane, Sacrey Philpott herself approached the musicians to thank them for keeping everyone entertained and happy.

Once the plane had landed, Philpott says that people were still talking about the performances.

“When we were coming down the escalator, oh the buzz in the [St. John’s] airport. It was all anyone was talking about,” Sacrey Philpott said.

For Sacrey Philpott, she thinks it’s obvious why the crowd was so into the performances.  

“Music is such a big part of Newfoundland culture and heritage,” Sacrey Philpott explained. “I’ve seen a lot of cool things in the airport, but I think this is by far the best.”