Post-GDC Flight Emergency Lands in Bakersfield, Keanu Reeves Plays Tour Guide

Imagine you’ve just spent several days in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). Several thousand of the world’s top game developers, artists, programmers, players, etc….you get the idea. The event ends normally, and you head to the airport to catch your flight back home to Burbank from SFO. As luck would have it, the weather has some hiccups in store for your flight, and instead of making it all the way to Burbank, you have to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield. The stranded passengers are told they’ll be boarding “buses” (more like vans) to make the two plus-hour drive from Bakersfield to Burbank.

Keanu Reeves
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Also on your flight happens to be star of such notable films as Bill & TedThe Matrix, and John Wick (chapters 1-3)- Mr. Keanu Reeves. He turns out to be a pretty great guy to have along on such an experience, posing for photos with his travel-challenged fellows and playing tour guide for the van part of the trip.

SkyWest Airlines Corporate Communications told Yahoo in a statement:

“SkyWest Flight 5223, operating as United Express from San Francisco to Burbank on Saturday, March 23, diverted to Bakersfield due to a mechanical indication. The flight landed safely without incident in Bakersfield. Passengers deplaned normally at the gate and were then transported via ground transportation to Burbank.”

Thankfully, it sounds like no injuries were reported, and all passengers made it safely to their destinations, including Mr. Reeves.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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