Viral TikTok shows group of strangers taking a 12-hour road trip together after Frontier canceled their flight – Yahoo News

It's every passenger's worst nightmare: An airline cancels a flight, stranding travelers in need of alternative ways to get to their destination. That's what happened to 13 strangers who booked a Frontier Airlines flight from Orlando, Florida, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday evening.
After customer service representatives announced that passengers would have to wait 48 hours for the next available flights to Knoxville, the group came together, rented a van and took off on a 12-hour road trip.
One of the passengers, Alanah Story, a media manager, documented the journey on her TikTok account. Her initial video announcing the impromptu road trip got 3.6 million views in three days.
Story said the flight was canceled because of staffing issues. She, her mother and her godmother were heading back home after having taken a vacation in Orlando. Story was prepared to spend a few more days in Florida, but her mom told her they were joining the group in the van.
"I was just, like, are we actually about to get in a van with people we don't know? Like, is this safe?" she said.
The prospect of getting into a van with strangers is scary for most people, and Story admitted she was initially "freaking out." However, once she met the group, she said, she got "good vibes" from everyone.
Michelle Miller, an agricultural educator, echoed the sentiment.
“We got along really well, like, we’re just, like, a big, crazy, dysfunctional family,” she said. “It was fun. … We are all really different people. But we all came together and had a great time.”
Some of the passengers were just trying to get home, while others had pressing matters to attend to in Knoxville, including an appointment for a college campus tour and an agricultural conference.
Miller said she initially asked the Frontier Airlines customer service representatives whether the airline could put everyone on a bus to Knoxville. In recent months, some airlines have put passengers on buses as the industry has faced pilot shortages, and Miller said she has been offered that solution in the past.
Frontier didn't offer a bus option, and other passengers overheard Miller's suggestion and considered driving themselves. Eventually, everyone who wanted to drive came together to rent the van.
The group got to Knoxville around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Miller made it in time to give her keynote speech at the National Agricultural Aviation Association’s Ag Aviation Expo.
Meanwhile, fellow passenger Laura Puckering, her fiancé, Carlos Cordero, and her daughter Mikayla, who traveled to Knoxville to visit the University of Tennessee, were able to make their 10 a.m. tour appointment. Puckering was grateful for her fellow passengers' help in getting her family to their appointment on time.
"We supported each other. We cared about each other and what each of us wanted to get back to," she said.
The group was surprised that their journey went viral, and Story said the passengers were so excited by the response that it was hard to sleep in the van.
“I slept max 20 minutes,” she said.
Despite the lack of sleep, the group was glad that their story was able to bring viewers joy. Puckering said the video seemed to "restore faith in humanity." Story agreed.
"We're very different individuals, and we came together because we all needed each other," she said. "I think it resonated with people because they could feel a strong sense of community through their phone screens. And I feel like that's something that, you know, we're really lacking a lot right now."
The road-trippers said they plan to keep in touch with one another, and Story said her family and another Knoxville-based passenger, Q, already had plans to do karaoke together.
While the road trip brought new friendships, the group still had troubles resolving issues with Frontier. Miller said she was able to request a refund from Frontier, but others in the group had trouble doing so. Puckering also said she requested a refund. Story said she was offered a $76 refund and a $50 voucher.
Jennifer De La Cruz, a senior director of corporate communications at Frontier Airlines, said customers had the option to receive a full refund or wait for the next available Frontier flight.
"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the flight cancellation," she said.
This article was originally published on
In the wake of moving from an overall deal with Netflix to Amazon, writer/director Mike Flanagan and his longtime executive producer Trevor Macy have revealed that they have acquired the rights to a screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Flanagan said to Deadline in an interview that he’s already written a pilot script and season outlines for the show, and imagines a series that will run for five seasons and culminated by two self-contained feature films.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz achieved a five-star safety rating after acing its crash tests at the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The fully-electric minivan is the spiritual successor to the Volkswagen Type 2, otherwise known as the VW Bus, but thanks to more than half a century of crash safety developments since the release of the original microbus, the latest EV version is far and away the safer choice.
Some keen-eyed viewers were wholeheartedly convinced show was filmed on the same set as classic series
Tammy and Jordan Myers are finally the adoptive parents of their own biological children, born nearly two years ago
My Big Fat Fabulous Life's Whitney Way Thore posted an emotional tribute to her mother, Barbara Thore, who died on Dec. 7. Scroll down to read her heartbreaking post.
"That morning, I’d checked my bank account and realized my husband had visited the ATM at 2 a.m. and taken all our money. I was alone with three kids and $50."
Vanessa Bryant is celebrating her second youngest daughter’s birthday with a series of adorable photos, and we can’t help but notice how much she looks like her late daddy, legendary Lakers player Kobe Bryant. In an Instagram post captioned, “Happy 6th Birthday sweet Bianka Bella! We love you so much baby! Xoxo ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️? ?? ? […]
A reminder that it's hard out there.View Entire Post ›
Is it a surprise that the Black man ends up getting investigated in an affair with a white woman despite both of them committing the same infidelity and being co-workers? Not to us at The Root. According to Page Six, GMA3 anchor T.J. Holmes is being investigated by ABC not only for his schmooze with Amy Robach but potentially more colleagues farther down the ladder.
In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode of Sister Wives, tensions between the couple came to head when they discuss a potential meetup between Janelle and Christine
Lori Harvey is one of the most desirable women in the game, and she’s always seen with some fly gentlemen.
The 27-year-old didn’t show up to the Chicago hospital where she works, and friends grew concerned when they didn’t hear from her.
'I called my nephew and let him know how hurt I was. He sounded so sympathetic while I poured my heart out for 45 minutes.'
Seven seasons in, it’s safe to say Ashley Darby knows her way around Potomac.
Her feet were aching and swollen, so she walked barefoot.
A family got more than they bargained for while on a cruise over Thanksgiving.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s family is requesting privacy after his teenage daughter was reportedly taken to the hospital with self-inflicted stab wounds. Police were called to the Republican senator’s Houston home Tuesday night, following reports of a 14-year-old with wounds on their arms, according to ABC affiliate KTRK. Authorities did not tell the outlet whether the incident was related to one of …
Brittany Mahomes shared the most adorable photos of her 1-year-old daughter, Sterling, in the most darling romper we’ve ever seen, but more importantly, the mom of two also shared her thoughts on the negative commentary she received ahead of adding a second child to her family. Adding a thoughtful caption to the sweet shots of […]
From Meghan's meeting with the royals, the couple's first date, and Harry's guilt about Meghan's estrangement from her father.
An Ohio couple, both 100, died 20 hours apart after 79 years of marriage.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *