April 2009

Flight from Toronto to San Francisco…While waiting to board an elderly man was waiting in his wheelchair. He was quite frail to say the least. He was coughing a fair amount. His wife was not sitting beside him but, several rows over. Not sure why as she could have wheeled him near her. Preboarding starts […]

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Many years ago while I was still working for United, I had just returned from a trip from Paris to San Francisco and the next day had to head to Washington D.C. for school. I got a flat tire on the way to the airport and had to take a connecting flight through Chicago. Out […]

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While flying from Los Angeles to Washington DC on Virgin America the plan ran into some very heavy turbulence that lasted for well over an hour. Although I am prone to seasickness, I had never become air sick until this flight. After filling two airsick bags and mortifying my boyfriend I could no longer sit […]

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While flying from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh I was shocked to see our flight attendants running to the rear of the plane for a medical emergency. Sitting in First Class with my mother, we were not sure what was going on in the back. An announcement was made for any doctors to please report to […]

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My 5 year old son and I took our annual trip to NY this February to visit family. On our return trip home to MN, I was unfortunately lucky to be sitting in the aisle seat on a Northwest Airlines. Not that I have any issues with NW but aisle seats, YES!! I always, ALWAYS […]

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In 2005, I married the most beautiful woman in the world, and we were set to honeymoon in Jamaica. We got on to a flight out of Atlanta – one shot flight to Jamaica. After about 15-20 minutes when they were supposed to be giving the instructions for flotation devices, we noticed a smell, but […]

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I was on a trip from Chicago to Columbia, SC on a Bombardier CRJ-200 (which is a plane that goes four across – two on each side of the aisle and only about 14 rows deep). As I saw my window seat, I noticed that the woman on the aisle was a very obese woman. […]

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Stuck In A Seat

April 27, 2009

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This happened to a friend, Carl. He took his window seat. All of the passengers watched as a rather large gent walked down the aisle carrying two seat belt extenders. Yes, he sat next to Carl, pushing himself into the narrow seat with great difficulty and pinning Carl against the window. Carl pressed the stewardess […]

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Fat Smelly Man

April 27, 2009

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In general, men don’t smell very good unless they’ve doused themselves with men’s cologne. I was on a small commuter flight, flight was full and the fattest guy you’ve ever seen had window seat next to me (I had the aisle). He poured over into my seat and there was no way his hot, fat […]

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Squeezed In

April 27, 2009

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This event occurred on a flight back from LAX to DC on a business trip. I am not a big guy; I am on the short side and only weigh 155. My original seat on this flight was a middle one towards the rear. After boarding we sat at the gate for about 45 minutes […]

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My old boss, who is a plus-sized woman, to say the least, has always had the courtesy to purchase two coach seats when flying because she needs the room and doesn’t want to inconvenience other people. We board the plane for a business trip. I’m seated three rows behind her. Unfortunately, the airline has assigned […]

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I once had a job that required me to travel quite a bit. I was travelling from Boston to LAX and was resigned to yet another long flight in my window seat. You always hope the seat next to you will be empty. Nope. The man that sat down to me was HUGE. His fat […]

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