Flights From Hell flies you into the crazy skies with stories about the adventures and anxieties of airplane travel.

Commercial airline travel takes us far, far out of our comfort zone. We're herded into cylinders that zip hundreds of miles per hour at 30,000 feet, subjected to security screenings, confronted with delays and lost luggage, rushed to catch connecting flights, constrained to small seats, scrunched up with strangers, and surrounded by pathogens. Is it any wonder we end up becoming a bundle of raw nerves by journey's end?

Saving your frequent flyer miles for a special trip? Making financial commitments based on flights booked on miles? BEWARE!!!

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Dear Flights From Hell. I read an article on your site regarding a passenger’s poor experience with Etihad Airways and felt it was important to fellow passengers that I share my own.

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A few years ago I was flying from Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) to Cozumel International (CZM) on an Air Canada Airbus A320-200. Now, take note that I am an experienced flier, and even as a baby on a plane I barely cried. Now, as an adult, this is the flight that made tears fall, and killed what remaining chunk of my pride was left.

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This was my first international flight. I was going from Seattle to Tokyo on Air Canada back in December of 2015. I had heard about Air Canada and how they are typically late all the time and how they lose luggage, but my travel partner and I decided to fly with them anyway.

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So I like to think of myself as a relatively easy going person, particularly when it comes to travel, with the general idea that it will all work out eventually and isn’t worth freaking out about. This has made dealing with student-affordable airfare a little easier. Air Canada has broken me of this mindset.

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My sister and brother-in-law flew Virgin Airlines for a wedding anniversary celebration to Tahiti last year. Upon their return their reply to the question,”How was your holiday?” resulted in this story, and consequently I would never recommend this airline.

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Breastfeeding on airport floor

July 1st marked the worst travel experience my husband, daughter and I have ever had anywhere in the world. Beyond the massive delay and missed connection, the customer service from British Airways was horrific. It was not until we boarded our flight 6 hours later that we were able to speak to actual BA personnel. Florence and Pisa airports couldn’t tell us anything as BA gave them no info for them to relay back. Here is my exact account of July 1, 2017 through July 2, 2017.  Keep in mind, we were traveling with a 12 week old infant.

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This probably wasn’t a flight from Hell, but it was at least from Heck, or maybe Purgatory.

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Old 747s and a Prayer

June 8, 2017 Airplane Stories

My spouse, a friend and I took a tour of the Holy Land last year. We all sat in the same row next to each other. Since I had flown internationally several times, I thought El Al Airlines would provide the same excellent international flying experience I had received on other airlines. Boy, was I […]

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“Do Not Fly” List Proposed

June 4, 2017 Non-Story Archives

People who fly are just like people who drive cars. About 5% of them cause at least 90% of the problems.

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Passenger Languishes in a Lavatory

May 29, 2017 Odds & Ends Stories

Twenty-five years ago I was on a vacation in Turkey, and even though I had carefully selected the package to include a flight back in the afternoon directly to Bremen, alas luck would not have it.

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Two Tales of Dreadful Flights

May 22, 2017 Odds & Ends Stories

I’m a frequent flier but my family is new to this, even though they are becoming more “frequent.” I’ll share a couple of stories, even though they probably don’t rate anywhere the seriousness of most of these posts.

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