But these weary travellers decided to make the most of the hold up and started a mass singalong in the departure lounge.
Michelle Sacrey Philpott was returning home from a business trip and filmed the festivities as she waited for the delayed flight at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada.
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The crowd claps and sings along as musicians play the accordion and guitar in the middle of the departure gate.
In one heartwarming video, a little boy sings his heart out, closing his eyes and swaying along with the music.
Michelle, from Newfoundland, told CNN when it was time to board the flight the musicians put away their instruments.
But as the airline announced the flight was going to be delayed for a further 30 minutes because they had to wait for the pilot to arrive, the party got going again.
"Everyone cheered. We got the instruments out again and started to continue singing and dancing.
"Newfoundlanders love to sing and dance. It is such a huge part of our culture."
One of the songs the crowd sang was a Newfoundland song called Aunt Martha's Sheep.
Michelle wrote on her Facebook page: "This is just one of the reasons why we are proud to be a Newfoundlander.
"So much fun! Impromptu 'Kitchen Party'".
Over 25,000 people have liked Michelle's video and people from all over the world have commented.
Darlene Brazill commented: "This how life should be when travelling, stress free, and most of all safe.
"Awesome, left many great memories for many people, on their travels."
Janice Marie said: "This is wonderful. This is flooding my fb this morning. All my Newfie groups have it posted. So nice to see. Finally something happy!"
Tracey Kearley-Jacobs said: "Too bad ALL delayed flights couldn't turn out like this."