February 2010

Flight Freak Outs

February 28, 2010

in Non-Story Archives

What is it about flying that makes seemingly normal people go bonkers? There are countless news stories, including some on our site, about passengers who turn belligerent, become violent, or commit bizarre acts. Transgressions aren’t limited solely to passengers. Recently a Delta flight was canceled because two female flight attendants reportedly got into a fistfight, […]

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Terror In The Skies

February 28, 2010

in Weather Stories

When I was a boy in my late teens my mother and two of our friends were flying back home to the UK after spending a week in Portugal. While we were boarding our plane we noticed that it looked old and rusted and seemed to be falling apart by the second. The inside was […]

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During Christmas 2006, I fly home from California to Massachusetts to spend holidays with the family. My fiance and I board the plane to MA to take the 6 hour flight and he agrees to change seats with me as I was sitting directly next to a toddler and did not want to. Odd behavior, […]

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As a student, I tend to travel as cheaply as possible, but my frequent trips also necessitate air travel. Spring break my senior year found me traveling from my hometown of Sioux Falls, SD, to Waco, TX, to interview for a graduate school. Timing was tight, and I was due to return on the Sunday […]

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July 2nd, 2003 I was on Northwest flight 852 from Anchorage, Alaska to Detroit, Michigan, approximately a 6 hour red eye on a 757-300. I was only 15 at the time and by myself. Surprisingly the flight was packed full. My seat was back in row 43 and as always I had a window seat. […]

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I’m in the back of coach, on Singapore Airlines from Colombo to Singapore, sleeping. Suddenly, I was being pushed. I opened my eyes to see an SQ blue girl (most junior) above me. Her statement “just tidying up the wrapper for your blanket, sorry to wake you.” I didn’t sleep the rest of the flight. […]

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Grumpy Lady

February 24, 2010

in Senior Stories

I was recently traveling in a large group on a late night flight from Miami to Boston. Being a savvy traveler, I had changed my seats online, separating myself from the rest of the group. After about an hour and a half of delays and annoying gate agents, all the passengers boarded the aircraft. I […]

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Plane Etiquette

February 24, 2010

in Passenger Stories

I was flying back from Malaysia yesterday on Etihad and had specifically requested a row of three seats as I was making a 28 hour journey and was hoping to catch some shut eye on the way back. You never know with these requests whether they will process, but on this occasion I was lucky […]

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I recently flew from Liverpool to Amsterdam with one of the budget airlines. It was a 6.15 am flight so I got to the airport early as the airline operates a first come, first seated policy. I’ve always been amazed that when I get to the airport this flight is always full of the stag […]

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Nothing in the world smells worse than any flight to or from Nigeria. After 4 years of back and forth action between Lagos, Nigeria and London, I began to find my gate not by number but by stench. I understand that different countries have different levels of acceptable hygeine, but… it takes weeks or months […]

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Made For Each Other

February 23, 2010

in Couples Stories

I am a travel agent, specializing in the Caribbean and Mexico. I have had many crazy flight experiences, but last year on a flight to Jamaica really takes the cake! My co-workers and I were ready for a week in paradise away from our clients and boarded our plane in Charlotte for what we thought […]

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I don’t travel much. Life sometimes changes things and air travel is by far the quickest way. I flew to Orlando for the weekend from Michigan. The trip down was nice and pleasant. The return, however, was another story. The plane was packed; no empty seats. I’m at the window with a newly married couple […]

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