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 would strongly recommend against flying US Airways or American Airlines. My recent experience with them is the worst I have ever had with any airline. My story is as follows:

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(Disclaimer: this is not to blame the airline for bad weather, but to explain my story. I understand that the airlines have no control over weather.)

Recently, I was flying home from vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. We were supposed to fly from Charleston to Chicago then Chicago home to Phoenix. However, this is not what happened.

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An Open Letter to United Airlines, my hero L. Rodger (I may have the name wrong), and fellow air travelers:

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At the age of 19, I was hit head-on after a drunk driver veered over the center line and into my lane. Fortunately, my injuries were much less severe than they could have been, but I did sustain a head injury and developed a seizure disorder as a result. After that, I avoided flying for a few years out of fear of having a seizure on an airplane.

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I had booked my honeymoon travel tickets from Mumbai to Nice and back to Mumbai via London with Turkish Airlines. Let me start by saying that this has been the worst flight I have taken in my life. My honeymoon started as a flop because of Turkish Airlines. The staff was rude and arrogant.

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I’ve traveled a lot ever since I was little, and until I was 20 years old I actually liked flying. One flight changed it all, unfortunately. 

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My experience wouldn’t really be considered a “Flight from Hell” — but it was an irritant. I was flying first class from Denver to Omaha and was carrying on my bag. I walked onto the plane and noticed a male flight attendant. I am a 60 year old female and I asked him if he could help me put my bag up. His response was,”No way, I have four herniated discs” (or something to that effect). He then walked away.

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I was recently on a flight and was trying to get in contact with someone back home for a ride from the airport. The man next to me was looking at my computer (I could feel his eyes!). Whenever I looked at him he’d look away really fast – I decided to film it as I thought it was really funny! The video can be found here:

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Airline Called Out on Poor Customer Service

March 16, 2015 Odds & Ends Stories

Another Open Letter to Jeffery Smisek, United Airlines President and CEO. I am reaching out to you today to tell you my experience with United Airlines. It is my hope with this letter that United Airlines changes their ways. Not only did United Airlines put my family in danger, it was the worst experience I […]

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Ice Cream Notification Receives Icy Reception

March 14, 2015 Attendant & Pilot Stories

“Would you like ice cream”? That is what the United flight attendant asked me as she woke me and 300 other passengers flying coach from Shanghai to SFO, four hours before we landed.

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My Travels with American Airlines/US Airways – Lessons in Incompetence

March 6, 2015 Odds & Ends Stories

No one enjoys air travel these days, unless you’re a wide-eyed child still in awe of big shiny airplanes. For most 21st century adults, airplanes and airports are necessary evils. We learn to make the best of the situation at hand. Unless, of course, you’re flying American Airlines or US Airways. In that case, your […]

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Standby Status Leaves Travelers in a Lurch

January 25, 2015 Odds & Ends Stories

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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