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?

My wife showed me this site and we both enjoyed it. I thought I’d submit a flight from hell story that happened when I was a teenager. So without further ado I present to you a story about a Moral High Ground Passenger.

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The flight from Canada to Mexico was very uneventful. My kid slept all the way through, eight hours. After ten days in the sun and beach, we headed back to the airport in Cancun. I was traveling with my wife, kid, mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my nine-year-old nephew. The hotel we stayed at was a nightmare (another story), but we made the best of it and looked forward to going home.

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This happened some time ago and every time I think about it it still creeps me out. Let me start by saying that with the exception of this odd experience, I have always enjoyed flying.

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This might not be a flight from hell, but unfortunately it’s the “New Normal.”

A few times a year I visit my elderly parents over a long weekend in Hamburg, Germany, usually flying Delta/Air France. Leaving Friday, the plane to Atlanta was delayed and I barely made the connection to CDG (Paris).

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I guess getting home 26 hours late counts as hell. I had a nice 10 days in California and my United flights out, SCE to ORD to LAX and mid-trip LAX to SFO, were just fine. The return flight SFO to ORD to SCE was a bit of a haul. Share a cab and arrive at SFO early 8AM for a 10:40am flight, eat breakfast with a colleague, and head to the gate. I knew things were a bit wonky because I’d gotten a couple of emails indicating a plane switch and a seat switch. No apparent problems though, we’re scheduled to leave on time. Then it begins.

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Okay before I start I would like to point out that I have a habit of detail, so if I offend anyone I’m sorry. First a little exposition so you know why I became angry. This happened a few years ago. I had been on holiday to Turkey with my family and my god-family in Turkey, and my friend who I’d known for three years (she wasn’t a part of my god-family; she was also at the hotel). We had admitted feelings for each-other; we started dating and after a week we hooked up. Well over the next week, due to her missed period, we found out she was pregnant, so we had to change the return trip as she was coming with us to live with my family and me.

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On February 16th, 2017, my family and I traveled on United Airlines from Boston to Maui with a stop in San Francisco. We took UA207 to San Francisco early that morning. We arrived at the airport late as we were stuck in rush hour traffic from all the commuters going up to Boston as we live on the Cape. We did not expect everybody to be leaving so early, but snow came in the previous day so there were many people going in early.

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Another way the airline industry has found a way to screw the consumer: 

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Mistaken as an FBI Most Wanted Fugitive

January 29, 2017 Airport Stories

It was a cold winter Friday morning in 1995 when I left home for a very important trip. As a senior scientist I was in charge of running a $30,000 experiment I’d been planning for months. It was a textured hand towel on one of our fabric machines over the next three days. The machine […]

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Conflicting Visa Information Creates Confusion

January 19, 2017 Odds & Ends Stories

I’m writing this in the hopes that people don’t get burned by British Airways like we got burned by them. I believe my experience with BA customer service reveals an airline which does not hold itself accountable when it screws up. If you have an option, do not fly British. Because of bad information given […]

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