Initially, 15 of the staff put their shoulders behind the wheels to push the plane 40 yards to the runway, but they couldn't move it until the passengers had disembarked - and 15 of them helped push. Meanwhile, airport workers held a one-day strike to press for new contracts, bringing chaos to Italy's airports. Alitalia cancelled around 150 flights.Reuse content
Passengers on a British Airways flight stranded at Rome airport by a strike helped themselves get airborne yesterday. The DIY start-up for the Boeing 737-400, BA 561, came when passengers faced another four or five hours on the ground because striking ground staff refused to tow the aircraft away from the terminal.