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- Aug 4, 2002http://cbc.ca/stories/2002/08/04/wrongsydney_020804
Oops. British couple flies to Canada by mistake
Last Updated Sun, 04 Aug 2002 20:56:59
SYDNEY, N.S. - Two teenagers from England who thought they had booked a
flight to Australia began an unexpected holiday in Nova Scotia this
Raeoul Sebastian and Emma Nunn, both 19, purchased their tickets from a
travel agent over the Internet last April.
Although they wanted to go to Sydney, Australia, they wound up flying
across the Atlantic and ended up in Halifax Thursday instead.
At first they thought the six-hour journey to Canada was part of the
routine flight to Australia. They began getting concerned when asked to
transfer to a much smaller plane. The couple wondered how the aircraft
could make it all the way down under.
It was "really, really confusing," Sebastian told CBC on Sunday. "We
thought that, OK, we're going to wait here and there's going to be a big
plane that's going to turn up and take us to Australia. It didn't quite
happen that way."
When the second plane landed a short time later in Cape Breton, they
realized the trip was over.
"As soon as I saw the sign 'Sydney, Canada,' I knew that obviously it
can't be a mistake," Nunn recalled. "I knew we couldn't be going to get on
another plane. I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we're in Canada.'"
The teenagers haven't exactly flown off the handle, however. They've spent
the long-weekend exploring part of the world they know nothing about
taking long walks by the ocean and feasting on lobster. Local people have
been extremely friendly, they said.
They want a refund from the Internet travel company, and are hoping to
reschedule their three-week trip to Australia for next year.
In the meantime, they're trying to work out an arrangement with Air Canada
to fly back to London in a few days their home town, that is, not London,
Written by CBC News Online staff
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