December 2007

Last month I was flying to Israel with my family on Continental Airlines. Since we are a family of 5, my son and I sat in the middle while my wife and 2 daughters sat across the aisle. A man sat down next to my son who must have weighed at least 350 lbs. The […]

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Child In Charge

December 24, 2007

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On a flight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, I found myself lucky enough to sit in front of a family of two parents and a toddler-aged child. For the entire four hour flight, the child would scream intermittently and kick my seat constantly. About half way through the flight, I turn around and ask the […]

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I just experienced the toddler behind you kicking the back of your seat all the way from Chicago to Vegas phenomenon. This was coupled with the crying and demands of “I want apple juice” intermittenly throughout the flight. I don’t own any children myself, and have been very happy with my choice. That is why […]

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Apathetic Father

December 24, 2007

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I was on a flight going only halfway across the U.S. (thankfully only 2.5 hrs), sitting at a window with two seats to my left. A mother with a child of about 2 on her lap was next to me, and the father next to her. The mother actually had a ticket for the other […]

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This isn’t my personal story, but one that my sister told me after she flew from NYC to Pittsburgh. Two rows behind her on the plane was a mother, father, and their young toddler-aged daughter. The daughter misbehaved terribly. She would sing out loud, kick the seat, toss crayons into the aisles, and pretty much […]

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Earlier this year, we flew from Newark to Beijing on United Airlines. Since there is no direct flight, we had to make a connection in Dulles. The aircraft came in late in Newark, and we sat on the runway in Newark waiting for the 26 planes ahead of us to take off. By the time […]

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When I tell my tale of woe about trying to get home to USA from Madrid, Spain Nov 15th this fall, friends say “write a complaint letter to US Air.” And I think, “Why should I expect an exec at a dysfunctional airline to care about customer satisfaction?” If they cared, my day of hell […]

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Here is my flight from hell. Leaving Paris to London; BA plane was late and we only originally had 1.5 hours between flight from London to NY. So now we only have about 30 minutes to make the connection in London. Get off the plane after having been through 2 security checks in Paris and […]

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Arriving back in the U.S. on a trans-Atlantic flight, I arrived in Chicago just in time to get stricken from the list of passengers for the flight I’d booked. It was too late–my seat got given away while I stood there protesting. Security rules prevented my being put back on the list. In sympathy, the […]

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My husband and I were at Dulles, set to leave for London for a big, and expensive, Christmas break. Our flight was delayed for hours but no staff member bothered to mention it, or explain it, so the hundreds of passengers sat around looking confused. Finally, police showed up and the plane, which was sitting […]

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I was traveling home from Madrid to Houston this summer with my children, ages 9 and 7. We woke up at 6 a.m. in Madrid. Once at the airport, we realized that airlines weren’t labeled on the outside of the terminal, and we had to wander up and down the terminal to find ours (no […]

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Wound up on United today, although I usually don’t fly them… The flight was supposed to leave @ 0630… We boarded the plane, then were advised after about an hour that there was a problem with the “trim leveler thing, which is needed for the autopilot…” Disembarking, we were told to return to the ticket […]

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