Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore

An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow.

An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow.

Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into its journey, due to a general consensus that passengers didn’t want to go anymore.

It was initially assumed that flight NZ2 had returned due to an engineering issue, but the company says there was nothing wrong with the plane, and passengers just lost their enthusiasm to go to Los Angeles.

“Everyone sort of, changed their mind,” said a spokesperson. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

Fears of an engineering issue or possible landing gear malfunction were further fueled by the fact the flight appears to have circled Mercury Island near the Coromandel several times, but Air New Zealand says it was just sight-seeing, and passengers wanted to “take pictures of the island” and “see it again.”

“We thought we’d gone far enough, and seen a lot already, and it was getting dark, so everyone decided to go home,” said the spokesperson.

Passengers would not receive a refund as it was “their own decision” and they ate all the food “like, pretty much just after we left.”