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A hilarious response to a man’s question about a 47-year flight layover goes viral

The response by a flight search company to an English man’s question about a 47-year flight stopover has gone viral, mainly thanks to the wit of the staff member who responded to it.

Man waiting for flight at gate at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.
Man waiting for flight at gate at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. Image by Andrew Peacock/Getty Images

Customer James Lloyd was searching for flights from Christchurch in New Zealand to London on Skyscanner, and one of the options suggested included a layover of 413,786 hours or 47 years at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Skyscanners hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook
Skyscanners’ hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook

James sent a tongue-in-cheek screenshot of the glitch to Skyscanners via Facebook, asking what he should do during the almost five-decade-long layover, and he received a response from a social media manager called Jen.

Skyscanners hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook
Skyscanners’ hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook

While reassuring James that she would look into the glitch, Jen put together a witty list of suggestions of things he might do to occupy his time, including visiting the Moon Bar in Bangkok, taking a cruise on the Chao Phraya river, purchasing food at a floating market, and becoming a Tai Chi expert in Lumpini Park.

Skyscanners hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook
Skyscanners’ hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook

The witty response quickly went viral, and garnered many likes, shares and comments, and there was universal praise for Jen and her handling of the situation. Many of the responses were hilarious and Jen’s witty ripostes added to the fun. James himself entered into the spirit of things when one poster wondered why he hadn’t responded, to which he apologised saying he was “busy filling out my application forms for Thai citizenship.”

Skyscanners' hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook
Skyscanners’ hilarious response to man’s question about a 47 year stopover goes viral. Image: Facebook

To see the entire exchange, please click here.