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Pilot buys pizza for 157 passengers



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An airplane pilot felt sorry for his hungry passengers, so he bought them all pizza. The pilot, Gerhard Bradner, works for the USA-based Frontier Airlines. His flight from Washington D.C. to Denver was delayed. He felt hungry and thought he would get a pizza delivery from a Domino's Pizza restaurant near the airport. Then he thought his 157 passengers would also be hungry, so he ordered 50 family-sized pizzas. He paid out of his own pocket, but the owner of the airline said he would give Mr Bradner the money for the pizzas. He announced onboard: "Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane."

Mr Bradner said his airline is like a giant family and his passengers are part of that family. That is why he wanted to buy everyone pizza. He also told reporters that he knows other pilots who have bought food for passengers. Frontier Airlines said in a statement: "Yes, the pilot did buy pizza for the passengers. It is important to note that this isn't the first time one of our pilots has gone above and beyond to provide care for our customers." Bradner even got off the plane and went to meet the pizza delivery guy at the security area and helped carry the pizzas back to the plane. The manager of the Domino's Pizza said he was surprised when he took the order and the caller told him: "I need to feed my whole plane."

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