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?

I’m on the train home at 2:30 am, writing this. I should have been asleep in bed at my parent’s house in Maine. I was booked to take a JetBlue 5:34 flight from JFK – Portland, Maine today. I had called JetBlue earlier about switching to an afternoon flight due to the threat of storms, but was told that the weather report looked fine and there were no delays.

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At approximately 3:40 p.m. on March 8, 2012, I arrived at the El Paso airport and dropped off my rental car. I had just returned from testifying at a New Mexico Child Support Hearing in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by subpoena because my Ex was in arrears on his child support. Upon doing so, I then checked in at Southwest Airlines and received my boarding pass from the agent.

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One time on my many trips to Japan, I was flying out of San Francisco and was just getting comfortably settled into my seat. I usually sat in the upper deck as this is where all HP employees preferred to sit, and I traveled with them a lot. This trip I was on my own, and of course the upper deck was booked solid with the HPs, so I was given a seat on the lower deck right across from the entry door. I had just settled in and we were starting to take off, when I noticed that the door had not shut. Never having sat in this seat before, my first thought was, “This is why HP always has seats way upstairs.”

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My fiancé and I decided to get married someplace far away, with the destination known by few, because his ex-wife was on a continuous two-year rampage of harassment, phone calls, texting, bad-mouthing to his children, kicking in the back of his company vehicle… and the list goes on. We did not want our wedding to be spoiled by some inappropriate behavior by someone who could not control herself.

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I was flying with my fiancé on AA from Los Angeles to Helsinki, Finland. We had a 50 minute stop over at Toronto airport on June 22, 2014 on our way to Helsinki on a Finnair flight.

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It was Christmas time in the 80′s. It was a crucial time for Boeing, as there was a time crunch for the Air Force One proposal. They felt that the engineers who were working on the proposal team couldn’t be spared to go home for Christmas vacation. Finally, a solution – why not keep the engineers in Seattle, and fly the families there for a vacation! What a marvelous plan. Operation Reindeer was born!

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Flight from Amsterdam – Seattle. Window seat middle of plane. Ninety minutes into a seemingly long and uneventful flight the lady in the row in front of me starts flopping around like a fish out of water.

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My husband and I were flying with our kids who were then four and eighteen months old. A woman who was sitting with her large two year old allowed the child to run up and down the aisle for most of the flight unattended as she watched a movie. When the FA told her to strap the child into her seat which was on her lap, the toddler began to wail.

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Seatmate Intrudes Into Personal Space

June 29, 2014 Seat Stories

I was recently on a flight from Hong Kong – Dubai – Sao Paulo on Emirates Airline. Oh how wrong I was when I thought that my last flight to Sao Paulo was going to be peaceful.

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Passenger Gets What He Didn’t Want

June 25, 2014 Portly Stories

I was heading home from San Francisco back to Phoenix. I checked in at Southwest Airlines and got, I think, seat B32. As I was sitting in the terminal by the gate, I heard a guy talking to a girl. His conversation centered around the fact that they both got “C” boarding passes and he […]

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Lack of Fuel Leaves Travelers in the Lurch

June 11, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. My daughter, who just graduated from college, and my wife were at Logan Airport in Boston for our long planned and awaited trip to Bermuda on JetBlue. The plane was right there in sight at the gate, fueled and ready to go.

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Airline Opposed to Traveler’s Offer

June 1, 2014 Odds & Ends Stories

I needed to make a flight from Western North Carolina to Des Moines, Iowa. I had a choice of several airports I could leave from, but chose Charlotte because it had the least expensive fare. Since it was Delta, it had to connect through Atlanta, Georgia. I booked the flight, and then I noticed that […]

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