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Man boards wrong plane, realizes mistake just before takeoff

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A man traveling home after two weeks in Turkey flew to the wrong destination. Matt Hodgetts, 56, realized the mistake when he made a comment to other passengers and realized they were heading to Gatwick Airport on the outskirts of London and not Birmingham. The destinations are more than 220 km apart.

The man told British tabloid The Sun how the misunderstanding happened. “I crossed the air bridge, walked to the plane, presented my boarding pass and sat down,” says he, who works as a driver.

“I said, ‘I can’t wait to get back to Birmingham.’ “People started laughing and said, ‘You mean Gatwick,'” he recalls of the moment.

He says that after the security check, he was instructed to “go ahead” and was not questioned by an airline employee who validated his boarding pass before boarding the wrong flight.

Realizing his mistake, Matt frantically called a stewardess and explained the situation. He had to wait for about 15 minutes before he could change the plane as the plane started to move out of the boarding gate.

In a statement issued after the incident, easyJet said the situation was quickly resolved and apologized for the error. “Once the error was identified, the passenger was transferred to the correct flight boarding at the same gate at the same time prior to departure and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

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