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?

Dear American Airlines: To whom it may or may not concern,

Are you the least compassionate airline in the United States??

Let me tell you about my weekend:

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My wife and I recently flew SCE to PHL to SJU (and back) for a vacation in Puerto Rico. We made it there and back, but US Airways didn’t make it easy.

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A few years ago my husband’s family bizarrely converged on St. Louis. I had been to St. Louis many years before, and he was unfamiliar with it. So, we decided to go “descend” on them for a week.

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Gentleman Passes Gas

November 29, 2014

in Odor Stories

I had the aisle seat on a two-hour flight heading to London Heathrow Airport. It was a 3+3 cabin configuration; to the left of me sat two smartly dressed English businessmen.

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I was flying from West Palm Beach back to New York on a small Delta regional type of aircraft. In the first class were single seats on the right and doubles on the left, with one small bathroom in the front of the plane.

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I’m an American who lived overseas for 20 years. I’ve flown many, many times and have had bad experiences as well as good ones. This is a funny story about security in Gatwick Airport in London a few years ago.

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I was travelling from Melbourne to Athens via Dubai last December. I hadn’t flown in quite a few years, and my return to the aviation world was less than impressive. From the start I could tell it was going to be fun. I was seated in the middle seat in the centre row (a.k.a prime real estate), and the plane in Melbourne was delayed for two hours (mechanical issues and late passengers). Okay, no problem, that stuff happens…

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To start off, I’m a tiny girl, 5’2″ and 110 lbs. But just because of that, please don’t look at the extra space I have in my seat as “up for grabs.”

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Poor Seat Position Turns Passenger Into Zombie

October 19, 2014 Seat Stories

I’m was on a school trip in China. We were using all sorts of transport, but for this leg we flew. Despite the fact that I was only sixteen and female, I was the tallest person in the group by a fair bit (I’m 5’7″).

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Poor Service Received After Passports Are Stolen

October 17, 2014 Odds & Ends Stories

We had the recent unfortunate experience of having a bag stolen in Montreal, Canada which contained, among other valuables, our Australian Passports. This happened as we were about to leave Canada and return home.

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