Unlucky Irish actor Chris O'Dowd found himself embroiled in a Friday the 13th travel nightmare after he was stranded at a U.K. airport due to a broken plane.
The Bridesmaids star was due to take a United Airlines flight from London to Texas on Friday (13Dec13), but his travel plan was thrown into chaos when his aircraft was grounded due to technical problems.
O'Dowd was unable to land a seat on any other flights to Texas, so the airline diverted him to Chicago, Illinois, around 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometres) from his destination.
The star expressed his frustrations by recounting his conversation with an airline representative on his Twitter.com page, writing, "United - 'Your flight's been cancelled'. Me - 'Oh, so what should I do?' United - 'You should get a different flight, next please'. Splendid...
"Me - 'Why was the flight cancelled?' United - 'Plane broken, next please'. (She literally said 'plane broken')... United - 'There are no other seats to Texas today'. Me - 'Is that a lyric from a country song?'... United - 'How about Chicago?'... Me - 'It's just... Chicago seems a long way from Texas'. United - 'It's not that far'. Me - 'Well I couldn't f**kin swim it'. United - 'Please don't swear sir'...
"Me - 'But I've already checked in, will you move my bags onto my flight to Texas?' United - 'Almost certainly sir. Next please'."
The actor goes on to add, "So it's a 3 hour delay, but then at least I get a flight to Chicago. Which is exactly where I was going. Oh, wait..."