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Oops! Accidental slide deployment delays Virgin America flight

A Virgin America flight was delayed several hours Wednesday night after the accidental deployment of an emergency slide.

"A slide was inadvertently deployed by a maintenance worker during a routine check on a Virgin America Airbus A320 aircraft at the gate at JFK," airline spokesperson Abby Lunardini told msnbc.com via e-mail. No one was on board at the time.

Kate Gardiner, a New York-based journalist booked on the flight, said the snafu resulted in a lengthy delay. "Between rolling it up, finding a new air canister and filling out all of the paperwork ... four hours at JFK," she said.

Virgin America Flight 29 was scheduled to depart JFK for San Francisco at 6:55 p.m. According to Virgin America’s website, the flight left JFK at 10:53 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco at 2:29 a.m.

The 110 affected passengers were issued a $50 credit and a $10 food voucher, Lunardini said.

The pilot, Gardiner added, kept passengers apprised of the situation.

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