Video of Pilot Announcing to Passengers He Just Tested Positive for COVID Goes Viral

A flight in Britain was delayed after the pilot received a positive COVID-19 test result while in the cockpit. One passenger documented the experience through a viral TikTok series.

The flight was boarded, ready to take off for the nearly 9-hour journey to Barbados, but passengers were left waiting without updates for two hours.

It was then announced that the pilot had been informed he was COVID-19 positive.

Passenger Darcy Bourne, 20, shared the moment to TikTok, writing: "Pilot just got a text saying he tested positive so we're all stuck on the plane."

The pilot can be heard announcing: "What we're currently doing in looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing, but it's not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone."

The video can be seen in full here.

In a statement to Newsweek, British Airways explained: "We apologized and thanked customers for their patience and understanding while our teams worked hard to replace a pilot at short notice, so that they could continue their journey."

Bourne uploaded a second video of the incident from the departure lounge, writing: "Update; they kicked us all off five hours later and gave us all £4 food vouchers."

In a since-deleted video, Darcy reportedly claimed the test had simply been a false positive, making the 17-hour journey all the more frustrating.

"We get on the plane about 9 a.m. and are meant to take off at 10 a.m. At 10.45 a.m. I was like 'What is going on?'" she reportedly said in the post.

"The pilot makes an announcement and he's like 'Hey guys, I'm sorry, I just tested positive for COVID.' But we're not allowed to leave our seats. Three hours have gone by and we're still sitting in our seats...can't eat, can't move....come on.

"People are getting rowdy, so they let us off the plane and give us £4 food vouchers. You can barely even get a water for £4 at the airport.

"Then, two hours after that, so like 5 hours, they tell us it was a false positive. He never had COVID. So we're back on the plane, it's all good, except the food has gone off, they had to throw out our food for the 10-hour flight."

British Airways confirmed to Newsweek that catering was unavailable for the flight due to the delay.

Bourne did, however, reveal that passengers were greeted with a free bottle of Caribbean rum upon arrival.

The airline also confirmed that passengers were given a letter of apology and are being contacted over the coming days to offer a gesture of goodwill.