DENVER - Flight delays are no fun, but they're definitely better when a pizza gets delivered.
Monday night's storms delayed dozens of flights and probably angered many travelers. But some passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight were treated to dinner from the captain of the Airbus A320, Gerhard Bradner.
A plane bound for the Mile High City from Washington, D.C's Reagan National Airport Monday night was diverted after thunderstorms and lightning pummeled the Denver area.
Frontier flight 719 was headed to Denver at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time, when severe thunderstorms forced the plane to divert to southern Wyoming, according to flightaware.com.
Passengers and crew waited in Cheyenne, Wyo. until the storms passed, and they were able to take off for Denver, several hours later.
Brandner said he was hungry when the plane touched down so he decided to call Dominos. And instead of eating the pie himself, he ordered 50 pizzas - enough for the whole plane. He paid out of his own pocket and wouldn't tell us how much.
He says when he made the announcement that the pizzas were coming over the speaker, he heard the whole plane applaud. But he never got to see those passengers eat, because he was reprogramming the plane's computers for the flight back to Denver.
As for why he decided to do all this, he says he felt it was his duty.
"If the need arises you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers. They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft," Captain Brandner said.
With full stomachs, the passengers and crew left Cheyenne about 10:30 p.m. and arrived in Denver a short while later at 10:45 p.m., according to flight tracking information on flightaware.com.