Frontier Airlines Pilot Buys 30 Pizzas On Own Dime For Stranded Passengers

07/09/2014 10:12 am ET | Updated Jul 09, 2014

Passengers aboard a stranded Frontier Airlines flight were treated to an impromptu pizza party Monday night, after the pilot bought more than 30 pizzas, on his own dime, for the flight's passengers.

That's just plane nice.

The flight, originally scheduled from Washington, D.C., to Denver, was diverted to southern Wyoming on Monday night after severe thunderstorms and lightning rocked the Denver metro area.

As the scheduled 3-hour flight dragged into a nearly 7-hour ordeal, including an extra two and a half hours on the ground in Wyoming, the captain announced a slight change in the flight's weather outlook: It now included a 100 percent chance of pizza.

The pilot shelled out for 30 pizzas in total, a Frontier Airlines spokesperson Tyri Squyres told The Huffington Post.

"The captain took his own initiative,” passenger Logan Torres told local news outlet KDVR. "[He said,] 'Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the U.S., but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.”

In an interview with 9News, the pilot, Captain Gerhard Bradner, said it was the right thing to do.

"If the need arises you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers," Bradner said. "They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft."

"We have some great pilots who work here," Squyres told HuffPost, regarding the pizza. "This is not the first time that one of our pilots has gone above and beyond to care for our passengers. Headquartered in Denver, we take pride in our Rocky Mountain hospitality."

The flight eventually arrived in Denver at 11:42 p.m., carrying a plane with full -- if somewhat delayed -- passengers.

PHOTOS from the pizza party, below:

  • Cory Portmann via Frontier Airlines
  • Cory Portmann via Frontier Airlines
  • Cory Portmann via Frontier Airlines
  • Cory Portmann via Frontier Airlines
  • Logan Marie Torres / 9News.com

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