July 2009

This isn’t really a horror story but it could have been. I fly a lot for business. I had taken my middle seat for my flight. The aisle seat was taken on my right, and the window seat to my left was empty. I was starting to get excited that I would have an empty […]

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My family flew from BWI to MSP on March 25th of 2008. At the time my son was 6 months old. About 20 minutes into the flight there was a horrible smell. I checked my sons diaper and he was clean. Several of the other passengers called the flight attendant to complain about the terrible […]

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I flew Pan Am several times never had a good experience. Here is the worst: Lining up for takeoff from Honolulu, a great BOOM!! made the whole plane shudder. Never mind, we took off anyway, the airplane shuddering slightly until we lifted off. Sitting next to me was a Pan Am pilot. After we were […]

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I wish we could eliminate carry on luggage all together! A coat and briefcase/computer/diaper bag/canvas carry all/large purse should be all that is allowed. I am tired of being hit in the head by the wheeling overnight carry-on sized bags as their owners stuff them in and yank them out of the overhead bins. I […]

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My laptop nearly cracked in half on a flight from Phoenix to Saint Louis. Although the screen didn’t break per say, there is still some permanent damage as the bottom of the screen seems to be detached from the glass of the screen. On July 28th I flew from San Francisco to Saint Louis on […]

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I was on my way back to KY from a wonderful trip to Alaska with my new boyfriend last year. Said attorney boyfriend was a NWA “Gold” member and we were flying in “first class” of a jet that didn’t actually have first class. The flight attendant requested everyone to remain in their seats since […]

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After a near-perfect vacation in Cancun, Mexico (early-2009), two friends and I boarded our Mexicana Airlines flight back to Texas. Our luggage contained our basic amenities and minor valuables including our phone and laptop chargers, shoes, and memorabilia purchased during our trip. For security purposes (as required by US law), each piece of luggage contained […]

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On an Air Italia flight in 1994 from Toronto to Rome, I was seated at the bulkhead row separating first class from coach – right behind the bathrooms. An absolutely beautiful woman walked into the bathroom shortly after take off. When she emerged, it was the worst smell ever. It was so bad that sleeping […]

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I was on my way back from a school-sponsored trip to Europe. The week was fantastic. The flight back into the US landed in O’Hare early in the morning, with a long layover before the flight home to Pittsburgh. Because there was not enough room for our entire group on one plane, four chaperones decided […]

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About a year ago my teenage son was flying from Vancouver to Calgary. He was bringing with him a cat we were rescuing. The cat is now a very much loved part of our family but at the time he (the cat) had no idea what was going on and he didn’t travel very well. […]

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I am on a flight from IND to PHX on America West at the time and was doing that route every week for business going on 9 months. With that much flying I was in first class looking out the window trying to find the normal ground markings for our approach into the Phoenix Valley. […]

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The This Modern World cartoon below features a panoply of flying hell issues which are described in numerous stories on our site – poor customer service, portly passengers, cell phone use, delays, annoying passengers, dissatisfactory flight attendant service, crying babies, animals, lousy food, plane problems, lost luggage and, of course, the dreaded reclining seats. Can […]

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