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 have been an American Airlines frequent flyer for many, many years. I don’t fly the airline nearly as much now that we have moved to Hilton Head Island, since connections from Savannah are generally not as good as they are for other airlines to the destinations we fly to.

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Flight 873 American Airlines was everything but routine. If bad karma existed. I hope that the company goes down in flames.

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So there I was flying home to Salt Lake City from a nice vacation in Florida on the Gulf Coast. I am not overly fond of flying to begin with, but if I’m going to leave this earth I want to see what’s coming, so I always book a window seat.

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It’s not just the airplanes that have all the fun. I was at a ticket counter attempting to reason with a foreign-born person (I assume) at the Chicago airport about my ticket. There was a serious mistake that had been made during the connecting flight and I was trying to get the agent to understand it; he did not seem well versed in English.

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My husband and I went on our first trip together to Japan for our honeymoon. We had a great experience, but the return trip was not as smooth! 

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I was flying alone from Orlando back home to Phoenix. I got my window seat that I paid extra for (or should I say my company paid extra for) and sat down. A few minutes later, some girl about 14 comes up and is the most polite thing ever. She asks to switch seats so she could have the window. It was her first time flying alone and she wanted a window seat. She promised that she wasn’t going to get up from her seat ever and, “Please? Please? Please?” She was too polite, so I agreed and I took the middle seat. And down the armrests went.

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June 2006 – Montreal to Memphis: After a wonderful trip to Canada with my aunt and uncle, we were looking forward to coming home to Memphis and attending my cousin’s wedding that evening. We were approaching the Memphis area when the pilot began circling; a massive storm was barreling down over Memphis causing all incoming flights to divert and all departures to be grounded until it passed. Yay.

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I didn’t want to find out when I flew from Denver to Philadelphia that all of the flights to New York got canceled for the night. Even though I stood in a long line for two hours, unable to charge my cell phone, I couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they ran out of them. Regardless of whether I was flying first class or not, all the airport lounges were closed.

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Companies with Different Cultures

September 7, 2015 Airport Stories

On Sunday, August 23rd, I was traveling from Cuenca in Southern Ecuador with LAN Airlines Ecuador to connect with the American Airlines service to Miami.

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Ignored by Service Rep Viewing Cell Phone

September 4, 2015 Airport Stories

On August 7th, 2015, I traveled with Turkish Airlines on Flight TK 1764 from Helsinki to Istanbul for my onward journey to Lahore on Flight TK 0714. I had a stopover of 22 hours at Istanbul. How I got this long layover, I could not exactly figure out. I initially intended to take another flight and […]

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Moldy Cheese and Other Ills Spoil Flight

August 23, 2015 Odds & Ends Stories

After a 3 hour drive to the Seattle Airport, waiting in a long line, we were greeted by a wonderful host. Being very hesitant, because we had never flown this airline before, I thought these are wonderful people who work here. Boy was I ever disappointed!!!!!

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B.A. Bungles

August 16, 2015 Odds & Ends Stories

BA Flight 217 Heathrow – DC August 4, 2015. I travel quite a bit both within Europe and transatlantic. The nightmare of an experience that I had on August 4th on British Airways (BA) is one that I will never forget!

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