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?

About ten years ago, I was running extremely late with my family for an American Airlines flight. When I was going through security, I got stopped by two old Cuban ladies who were behind a desk at the security check point. I was told by them that my carry-on baggage needed to be checked by hand, and they pulled me aside. My family went on ahead to catch the plane and hold it for a second if possible.

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A few summers ago my family decided to go on a road trip through America starting in Denver. I was living in London at the time and the rest of my family were in Dubai. We therefore made arrangements to meet in Denver.

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My flight isn’t for several months but I’ve already experienced a little hell.

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I was travelling from Oslo, Norway to Frankfurt (I had taken a domestic flight from Tromso to Oslo just a few hours before). While going through Immigration (where they had to X-ray our hand carry bags), I was stopped by the officers for a drug check. I presume it was because I had a hoodie that said “BERKELEY” where I did my student exchange a couple of years back.

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I was travelling back from Nairobi to London, via Paris, with Sudan Air in 1995, having spent six weeks travelling through Africa on the back of an old Bedford Army truck. After that I had no high expectations at all, especially as I had flown with them on the way over previously. However, on arriving at the airport… shambolic is a “really nice” phrase (maybe it’s changed/upgraded since then, but back then, it was spew on a stick).

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Turkish Airlines best European airline 5 years in a row? Maybe so, but given my experience with them on long haul flights, it is hard to believe that they merit this award. I am interested in other people’s experience to know whether I have just experienced an unfortunate incident, or whether their service is not all that they claim.

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So I leave Perth on a 0530 flight to Kununurra (fine)… threeish hours there, only to drive five hours inland and swag in the bush for the night, 200 km from the nearest roadhouse (that means fuel, food, water, and people – all 20 of them). I am travelling at this point on my own (SWF – nevermind that!).

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I had an Air Canada ticket for December 29, 2014 from Zürich, Switzerland to Vancouver via London, and a connecting flight the same evening to Prince George. My baggage was checked in to Prince George before departure in Zürich, where I received my boarding pass for London but not for Vancouver – obviously the flight from London to Vancouver was overbooked.

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Flight Attendants Share Hotel Hell Photos

December 27, 2015 Attendant & Pilot Stories

I unintentionally started something in 2011 when I posted some gross photos of hotel filth to my Facebook page. The response was revulsion, but Car Crash kind of revulsion. People couldn’t look away. So, the next time I saw something – and it didn’t take long – I posted it. Same response. And then… people started […]

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Puke on Passenger Provokes Attack

December 25, 2015 Baby & Kid Stories

I recently took a flight with my baby, whom I’ve never had any problems flying with. In fact, I’ve had people compliment me on how well he flies. This flight, however, ended in disaster, pain, and blood.

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Side Trip In Airport Leads to Near Missed Flight

December 18, 2015 Airport Stories

After a whirlwind weekend visiting friends in Orlando, Florida, my girlfriend and I were headed home to Houston, Texas. We had chosen to fly home on a Tuesday, as prices would be lower and the airports generally less crowded, making traveling out of a busy airport like Orlando a little easier.

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Ticket Confusion and Surly Service Vex Travelers

December 11, 2015 Airport Stories

My wife and I were going on our first-ever cruise to the Bahamas in July, 2015. The flight took us from Dulles airport in northern Virginia to Miami, then from Miami back to Dulles on the return trip. Our cruise was wonderful, and we came away from it relaxed and ready to return to Virginia. […]

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