It is not very hardy for a trip to go wrong, no matter how set in stone it may feel like. Things can happen without being planned and on trips you just gotta wish that no one is in danger. Traveling by plane is usually very safe, and millions of people do it every single day. In air travel, there are certain measures that need to be made sure to prevent bad situations and emergencies from occurring. This is usually a fear that people have but it never really comes true. These passengers who were on a domestic flight from San Francisco to Burbank had no idea that an in-flight emergency would get them an unplanned road trip of a lifetime.
And this was all thanks to one humble hero with a familiar face that helped get everybody home safe and sound. This is one trip they will probably never forget. During the whole event, the passengers understood that something was different and documented the entire thing for everyone else to see.
The Flight disaster
When leaving for a trip, the one thing you want is to have problems. The whole point of a trip especially when it is for leisure is to get away from the strains of every day boring life. So pre-travel jitters can be normal, but most people just convince themselves that the occurrence of something happening is pretty rare. However a group of passengers traveling by plane from San Francisco to Burbank, Californa were part of an emergency landing of their plane and things looked a little scary. Once the plane made the landing, they could breathe a breath of fresh air but now had to deal with how they were going to get to their destination.
Not knowing what to do and feeling helpless the travelers were lucky to have an unlikely hero there to save the day. Only this hero was sitting among them the whole time, and no one suspected it. But when the time came, he stepped up and took them on a wild adventure.
Short but not so sweet
This flight was supposed to be very short. The trip from San Francisco to Burbank by plane is even less than an hour and a half cutting down over six hours that it would take on a good travel day by other means of transportation.
Everyone on the plane was prepared for a short trip and took a plane instead of a car or bus because it was faster. So when the plane had a detour and an emergency landing, none of the travelers were ready to be held back on their schedule. They didn’t bring with them entertainment for more than an hour or extra distractions. Let’s just say they didn’t stay so bored on this flight later on.
Flights can get stressful, and this journey ended very stressfully for these passengers. This is why it may be a good thing that their day started out in San Francisco International Airport. This airport was not like others. It is packed with relevant and practical activities for people to participate in for example yoga classes.
These people could have used just a bit of relaxation before the hectic plane ride they were going to have on this flight to Burbank. So some of them probably left SFO in a zenned out mood, but with what happens, later on, it seems no zen, yoga or even herbal tea could calm them down. Anyone going through what they did would get anxious.
The waiting game
Passengers started arriving at the airport that day ready to get on the flight and quickly to Burbank. The only thing passengers have to wait at the airport before getting on the plane, and this can be very time consuming and irritating. Luckily for short flights, the waiting time is a lot shorter, and you only have to arrive at the airport 1 hour before. No need to waste the entire day at the airport.
These people were ready to get on the flight and didn’t spend hours at the airport before, but they would have to wait. The wait would just be up in the air and after the landing. Little did they know that this long waiting game would end because of a hero only Hollywood could write up.
The plane doors opened, and slowly but surely all the passengers got on the flight eager to get to Burbank and continue their usual business. If their minds could speak together, they would all say “let’s go.” While boarding, there were no issues, and people proceeded to follow the rules and be getting on the plane smoothly and into their seats.
Airlines, of course, do their part and make sure all is set and ready for the flight to go in the best way possible. There is always the possibility that something can go wrong and setback the whole operation, but this isn’t the usual case on such short and normal flights. As the passengers trickled into their designated seats so did one man who would later be their hero but right now just went unnoticed.
The takeoff was just fine, and the plane was on schedule during the departure. The people on the flight settled in their seats as the flight to Burbank got on its way. The journey was short, but people still pulled out eye mask for a quick snooze, others connected to the WiFi to do some quick work, and everything seemed pretty fine.
A few people who still had their eyes open noticed the quiet man and figured he looked familiar. “Could it be?” They thought. No one really could place that it was him and most people weren’t even looking or just asleep. It didn’t take long till everyone on the flight was up and awake, as they were all jolted awake by a dreadful announcement.
Not the words you want to hear
The inflight PA system was turned on, and the passengers all heard words that no one on any flight ever wants to hear. There was an issue malfunctioning the plane, and the flight would now have to make an emergency landing. They would not be landing in Burbank as planned. People started to get scared. Emergency landings are no joke in the airplane world.
There was no way to tell really how far they had gotten in the short time of the flight. Also, people started wondering what would happen once they landed. How would they get to Burbank? Firstly they wanted to land safely without any harm to anyone on the plane. Once they did that they could start worrying about the next step of their trip.
Nowhere welcomes you
There wasn’t too much time to think about anything at all because the plane made it’s way down in a sharp descent to the ground. The aircraft screeched on the runway and scared the passengers, but they were on the ground now. Everyone let out a collective sigh of relief. They had landed – sharply – but safely. What now?
They were all imagining a stronger impact and were glad to know that it was less severe and they had all survived it. The people and the crew disembarked from the airplane and looked around. They were in the middle of nowhere. Emptiness all around them. They managed to get some sort of cell service and found that they were not even near Burbank with a distance of a few hours.
Empty and Alone
After looking around and understanding they were in the middle of nowhere, they had to think of what they were going to do next. They had landed in the small and quiet Bakersfield airport and were now being guided by the crew to get inside the airport; only the airport was closed. And the sun of the desert area was beating down on them hard at this point.
They weren’t going to get on a flight from here if the airport wasn’t even working. The passengers began to realize it could be hours before they would get anywhere from here. Panic settled in, but one surprising person would step in and take care of all the confusing traveling arrangements.
Special just for you
Unline SFO airport this Bakersfield airport was tiny and had no extra activities and shops for the passengers. The seclusion of this airport made for a much more anxious feeling for the group of passengers from the SFO flight. This also wasn’t too close to any city centers, meaning they felt stuck and stranded.
There was one business around at that was a Blimpie store, and it had been hurried open for this group in particular. They slowly understood that no employees meant no planes. How were they going to get to Burbank now? They were all in for a wild ride.
Stepping up to save the day
There was slight chaos starting to ensue in the tiny airport and then out of nowhere one man who was wearing a black shirt and a baseball cap hiding his long dark hair stepped up into the middle of the storm. Most of the passengers hadn’t noticed until now who this man was, because he wasn’t an ordinary one. They just couldn’t quite place who he was.
Everyone huddled around and was waiting for the crew of the airport to say something relevant to them getting to Burbank. The airline was trying to transport all the passengers to Burbank right then and there without even waiting for their luggage. That would be taken care of later. The passengers didn’t like the sound of that and also would soon find out who the man exactly was.
The people watched as this man was trying to help with making arrangments much better for all the people. A man who was posting about the situation on social media wrote that he started looking for places to stay in the Bakersfield area until he the airport would officially open the gates and allow them to fly home or to Burbank. People were feeling desperate and crying for help.
Bakersfield felt sad and lonely, not anywhere too comfortable to stay. Mostly this guy was just hoping for a quicker solution to get to Burbank. He noticed that the man in the black shirt was talking about getting to Burbank that day with the luggage and this started to seem like a better option. This adventure was just getting started for this group.
Bakersfield is not that small of a town, but the people would only find this out later. The town is just really reliant on agriculture and oil production, so there aren’t many amenities for the people who visit or live there.
Most of the passengers were concerned about waiting for the luggage but being stuck in what seemed like small nowhere was worse than not having access to their belongings. So good thing that one man was fighting for everyone to get home with the employees who had no problem making people wait for hours if that is what it took.
All the people on the flight had some plans for when arriving at Burbank and had to make other arrangments or let the people expecting them they would be late. One man had an angry encounter on a call to his loved one. He was making a call to his girlfriend to update her on the situation, and she was not too happy about it.
He called her and put the phone on speaker so everyone around could hear the conversation. She was very upset that her boyfriend would miss their planned date. He had survived an emergency landing and was safe but she was mad, it didn’t bother her. But not all hope was lost.
The man with a van
The man in the hat that seemed to be running the business there had come forward with what seemed like a solution. There would be a van leaving the airport to get to Bakersfield and passengers could ride it and share the journey. And this was all thanks to this kind man who pushed to find a solution.
The idea of getting in a van wasn’t too great either, it would be a little cramped, but it was better than nothing at this point and much better than getting on a malfunctioning plane once gain. Maybe once they recognized who it was that was organizing the whole ordeal, they would run to go with him.
The Leader We Asked For
The man with the hat took it upon himself to become the representative and leader of all the passengers when talking to the crew. He made sure all the people had good reasonable options to get out of the closed airport. Even those who hadn’t recognized him could see this man was of importance to the group.
The way he took charge of the situation really impressed the people around him and this was not to be looked at in a bad eye. He could have only helped himself with his own resources but he made arrangments for everyone as well, very nice of him to do this. Then the moment came when everybody realized who he was.
Down To Earth
This man could have just gotten into a private car and got on his way out of Bakersfield to Burbank. It was to be expected from a star like him who could also just take a private jet and a private car to get to where he needed. But this guy was different and had a very humble attitude. He wanted to help people as well.
If he could afford a private plane he could have just taken one but he was very down to earth and didn’t want all the hassle when he could just get on a comercial flight and be where he needed mind you this was also a very short trip. Many celebs rather travel in private but he really didn’t mind the public eye like this and wanted to lend a hand when trouble ensued.
As the story on instagram of the flight fiasco went viral the man in the hat, the leader of them all was no other that actor Keanu Reeves. Now the people in the airport were questioning if to they were able to get on the bus with him out of Bakersfield. And this brought a funny thought to their heads.
Keanu and his Hollywood roles didn’t have too much luck with buses. However spending over two hours in cramped bus with the matrix himself Keanu Reeves was an oppurtunity they didn’t want to miss. It could be a journey that they would never forget.
Keeping A Low Profile
Upon boarding the plane the passengers hadn’t noticed that Keanu was on the plane. He didn’t make himsel to visible as he pulled his hat over his face. He just wanted to travel like everyone else on the flight. But once everyone noticed him the tracked his every move.
After the emergency landing he didn’t have a problem coming forward and being noticed because he knew that he could help everyone get home and to Burnank. He took it upon himself to be a leader but he also had a few other ideas for the trip in mind. What was this he was planning for the group?
The people that were on the plane with him had a strong feeling that the airline had taken their struggles seriously because of Keanu being there. If they were to request buses or transportation it may have taken a much longer time to get everything done.
The group was very impressed with his humble but assertive ways to get the airline’s attention. He knew that this situation needed to be solved and had no problem stepping up politely and making requests for transportation. The van was ready and he was prepared to take everyone there on a wild journey.
There was a small moment during the event that the passengers lost sight of their saviour Mr. Reeves. Many of the people who were there were so intriguied with Keanu they tried to photograph and follow his every move throughout the airport. They didn’t want to miss out on the road trip they were about to take with him.
The moments of panic and losing sight of him calmed down as one passenger was able to spot him walking around with this rolling suitcases. And everyone followed him as they wanted to join his bus ride.
Keanu was still the group leader at this point but also the entertainer and he wasn’t going to just sit on the bus and stay silent. This was a two hour drive. He was crammed in a van with these people and didn’t want to be standoffish or unkind. So he spoke to them like any other person.
The trip was already so much more than anyone ever expected and now they had this long drive to get through. They had been already two thirds of the way from San Fran all the way from Bakersfield. Keanu was sharing with them what he would eat as people on the bus spoke of food.
A man with a plan
Keanu was truly a man with a plan. He pulled out his phone and started the entertainment portion of the trip. And he wasn’t going to give sneak peek of a new film or anything like that. He was all about the facts and having people pay attention to diverge from the fact their trip had gone on way too long!
He found it fun to read about Bakersfield, out loud after they had been stuck there. A person should know all about their surroundings. People listened to him and they learned that this town was the 9th city with the highest population in the state of California. But still no one really thought more positively of this town. They all just wanted to get out of there.
Keanu The DJ
Of course, no road trip is complete without a great playlist and lots of music. So even though this road trip had a movie star on board it wasn’t any different. Music was going to be played. He also didn’t shut himself off from everyone else. He was very active and wanted to add to the comfort and entertainment of the people on the bus.
People were happy to see him so interactive with the group. As people began to calm down he went from his tour guide leadership position to becoming a full on DJ and playing some music for everyone there.
The music wasn’t going to start a two hour sing along session but it would bring them closer together. There was also another part of the group that was to be acknowledged and this was the man running the bus- the driver himself. He was there along for the ride so Keanu and the crew started trying to talk to him.
Showing everyone how kind he really was Keanu started a conversation with the quiet driver asking him about his life away from his job. The driver felt included and told everyone he had 6 kids and some health issues. This road trip was truly something.
As the car ride went on and so did the travel time the group started some interesting conversations between each other. Some started talking about college basketball while others about the plane safety, and others about the national animal of California the golden bear. There was a good mix of conversations going on .
Keana said about the Californida golden bear that it doesn’t exist it just on the state flag. The conversations contiuned as the trip would come to another interuption soon.
The journey kept on going and the people were getting cabin fever. They needed fresh air. Even Keanu was tired after all his entertaining. The group spotted a rest station and got out to pose for photos and take a break.
After a short break they hopped back on the bus and Brian Rea who was following the whole story and uploading it to instagram felt compelled to update his followers that Keanu had bought a banana and a bottle of Gatorade and as his road trip snack. With everyone refuled they were ready to continue the trip that seemed to never end.
Drop him off
After another stop at Carls Jr. the group came to know that they were very close to one of the men on board’s home. It was just a short trip away and wouldn’t be too much of detour to drop him off right by his house.
They travelers realized this was the same man who had been on the phone with his angry girlfriend after missing their date. They all grouped together and agree after Keanu offered it would be the smartest thing to drop him off at home- all for his relationship’s sake. All for saving love. These people did the right thing.
Keanu was the one to make the final call- “We should take him to his place right?” What could go so wrong in dropping this man off right at his home? The man was still a bit mad at the situation with his girlfriend and the group saw this as an opportunity to make him feel better.
After all, this was not his fault. The airline was to blame but Keanu Reeves had saved the day. He should have told his girlfriend, we’re sure she would be happy to know that the actor was looking out for her man.
So long friend
They were now reaching Burbank and realizing this trip would be over. They had all bonded in that small cramped bus and leaving with the amazing store of Keanu Reeves saving them and actually reaching out to speak to them. This didn’t make the goodbye so easy.
As Brian Rea captured the event they had all grouped together in an annoying and awkward situation and now they had to part. They all laughed shook hands and went home. They thanked the driver and of course the leader himself Keanu and got on. But that wasn’t exactly the end.
People who were on the flight and on the journey with Keanu started posting about what had happened online and the videos went viral. One person on Twitter wrote, “THIS ENTIRE IG STORY ABOUT KEANU IS *italian chef’s kiss* PERFECTION.”
Nothing about Keanu seemed to point out that he was annoyed by the experience, he just wanted to help and didn’t mind the fans asking him questions and looking at him with starstruck eyes. This was a great experience for them and the people who were on that bus with him would never forget the journey.