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Qantas blamed as dance dream trip ends in hotel storeroom

July 18, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59After a wonderful trip to New York, a young dance troupe from Village Performing Arts Centre in Sydney ended up stranded on a hot plane for hours after their Qantas flight from Los Angeles back to Sydney was delayed.

The dancers were forced eventually to sleep in a hotel storeroom.

The Daily Mail revealed the saga of the dancers online. The troupe had been on a three-week trip to New York with Miss Universe runner up Briden Starr, 22, the Mail reported.

Dance teacher Marianne Howard told the publication she and the 19 performers she was chaperoning, aged 12-21, were stuck on a plane at Los Angeles International Airport with no food, water or air conditioning – before being told their flight was cancelled.

Howard described the Qantas plane, presumably a B747, as “ridiculously old” – not a good description.

But that was just the beginning. In what looks like a public relations nightmare, Howard told the Mail that their treatment “has just been disgusting, absolutely disgusting”.

When the 19 dancers were taken to a hotel in Santa Monica, they arrived to find the hotel claiming it had not received payment for their their rooms from Qantas, the teacher alleged.

The exhausted young dancers started to fall asleep in the lobby until a hotel staffer took pity on them and let them sleep in a storeroom.

This may take some time for Qantas PR to sort out.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. bruce weston says:

    are we supposed to believe this story – ????

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