A few years ago I had a job interview and the first leg of my flight–Denver to Vegas–was full of rowdy passengers who hadn’t known each other previously but all got acquainted in one of the airport bars before boarding. As they piled onto the plane, laughing and joking, I reread my notes for the […]


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I am one of the old men (age 58 and in poor physical shape) that Homeland Security loves to identify as a suspect. I have made death threats and racist remarks but mostly to blow off steam and not to be taken seriously. Homeland Security loves to find guys like me because it gives them […]


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My wife, myself, teenage daughter and two infant children flew from Lima, Peru to Atlanta, Georgia via Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines. From the outset the flight attendants were, at best, surly. I was placing my two year old daughter’s coat into the overhead compartment prior to takeoff and one attendant asked me what I […]


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Unnecessary Behavior

December 5, 2008

in Seat Stories

I don’t fly very but it happens. But on a regular basis something amazingly happens to me and/or others. This flight was from Switzerland to USA. I thought I was lucky since I got a row with lots of legroom, but as soon as I tried to sleep like everyone else I noticed the passenger […]


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This has to do with a train rather than an aircraft, but the problem encountered is a universal one. My mother and I were traveling on the high-speed Inter City train from Glasgow, Scotland, to London. The train makes only one stop en route. We had the misfortune to share a car with a soccer […]


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Dip Spittin’ Dork

November 25, 2008

in Passenger Stories

On my flight from Atlanta to Korea I rediscovered why I minimize my international flights. On my right was a sweet old Korean woman who actually got in an argument on my behalf with the girl in front of me who, without asking, suddenly lowered her seat all the way and literally hit me in […]


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Flying from Geneva to London. I got settled in my seat and in front of me a grey haired gentleman took his seat and also seemed to settle down. I got out my book and started to read. Then it started. I was roused from my reading by an argument between the fellow and the […]


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Incessant Whiner

November 24, 2008

in Baby & Kid Stories

I recently flew from San Diego to Milwaukee, with a connecting flight in Denver. On the first leg of my flight (San Diego to Denver), there was a family seated about 4 rows behind me. They had a 2- or 3-year-old boy who proceeded to whine (and I mean “whine”) very loudly for the entire […]


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In 1993 I was headed from Tucson to the American Library Association conference in New Orleans. I was ticketed on a flight that stopped at DFW where I was to change planes on to New Orleans. About an hour after takeoff from Tucson the captain announced that because of severe weather surrounding DFW the airport […]


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This story was told to me by a friend of mine, a flight attendant for a company I will not name. This airline allows small dogs in the cabin, but they are to be kept in their kennel/traveling bag. The flight attendant noticed some movement under a blanket that a female passenger was holding on […]


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We were on a dinnertime flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta that was full of business travelers and vacationers coming back with their wallets empty. We were in the bulkhead seats, so we were able to see everyone get on the plane. One of the passengers, a man traveling alone that looked to be in […]


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Fly Me With all of the problems associated with today’s flying hell experience, it’s difficult not to reminisce about what it was like when people actually enjoyed flying. Here are some articles about the golden era of flying: A PDX Airport Flashback In Time and Mom Tells How Flying Used To Be. The writer of this New […]


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