Passengers were told there was only a “50/50 chance” of both engines working.
The easyJet customers had the question best left to the professionals levelled at them on their way to the UK.
They were stunned when they were asked to take their lives into their own hands and make the decision, with one customer so traumatised he threw up.
The holiday-makers were on the tarmac at Malaga airport, Spain, when the pilot asked for a show of hands as to whether they should take off.
EasyJet passengers vote on whether aircraft with ’50/50 chance’ of engines working should take off
EasyJet passengers vote on whether aircraft with ’50/50 chance’ of flying safely should take off
The unnamed pilot told passengers there was a high chance that only one engine would be working.
The request came after the flight had already been delayed for 40 hours.
The tourists were supposed to fly to Bristol on Thursday June 8 but finally boarded a plane on Saturday June 10 in a state of relief – until the pilot told them he could not start one of the engines.
Still at the boarding gate, the pilot came out of the cockpit to explain the situation – and asked for a show of hands.
The passengers eventually flew back on a replacement aircraft on Saturday.
EasyJet news: Passengers were told there was only a “50/50 chance” of both engines working
Passenger Terri Hal said: “He said we could stay on the plane – we’d been on it waiting for an hour at this point and been in Malaga for two nights extra already – or he’d see if we would be allowed to get off again.
“At this point there was a bit of a mutiny on the plane, an awful lot of shouting and people crying, and demanding to get off.
“There was about 12 people wanted to stay on, but the rest of us wanted to get off.”
Mum-of-four Jemma Hooper, from Stroud, Glos, said: “It was absolutely horrendous.
“They are putting people into a broken plane to make it look like they were trying.”
An unnamed pilot told passengers there was a high chance that only one engine would be working
She was travelling with husband Nathan and their four children, and her mum Theresa Lawrence on flight EZY9958 when they were stranded in Spain due to a “technical issue”.
A spokesman for EasyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY9958 from Malaga to Bristol on June 8 has been delayed overnight due to a technical issue.
“Passengers have been provided with meal vouchers, hotel accommodation, and regulated updates.
“Our engineering team worked hard to try and get passengers to get to their destination as soon as possible and originally planned for a departure on June 10.
“Unfortunately a further technical issue occurred and the decision was made to operate the flight with a replacement aircraft from London Gatwick.
“The flight departed from Malaga on June 10. easyJet fleet complies with all manufacturers requirements. easyJet passengers safety and wellbeing is our first priority. We sincerely apologise and thank our passengers for their patience.”