Flights From Hell flies you into the crazy skies with stories about the adventures and anxieties of airplane travel.

Commercial airline travel takes us far, far out of our comfort zone. We're herded into cylinders that zip hundreds of miles per hour at 30,000 feet, subjected to security screenings, confronted with delays and lost luggage, rushed to catch connecting flights, constrained to small seats, scrunched up with strangers, and surrounded by pathogens. Is it any wonder we end up becoming a bundle of raw nerves by journey's end?

Motor Mouths

October 20, 2007 Passenger Stories

This happened a few years ago. My wife and I flew out to Los Angeles to visit her daughter. On the return flight home, which was the red eye to Chicago, there were three young women sitting behind us. As everyone was trying to get settled, and at least trying to get some sleep, these […]

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Belligerent Passengers Take Over Airplane

October 20, 2007 Passenger Stories

I was 15 and flying alone from London to Orlando, and had to change planes in Miami. It was late evening and most of the plane was filled with families from Puerto Rico heading to Disney World. We didn’t leave on time and were told the ground crew was working to get a cargo door […]

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The Good Samaritans

October 20, 2007 Passenger Stories

My son was about 16 and we arrived several hours early to ensure that we were at least fairly certain of getting into the “A” or “B” group on an airline that won’t be named. We were proud of our hours of standing in line and the resulting fine boarding cards. We stood in line […]

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Lost Luggage And Lousy Service

October 16, 2007 Luggage Stories

Lets start off 4 hours delayed at take-off…….. My sister and I were on a flight from Puerto Rico to NYC. We usually pack very lightly so as to avoid the long baggage lines. Upon boarding the plane, it became very obvious that most people had decided to just push all their oversized baggage into […]

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Troubles Over The Bayou

October 12, 2007 Airplane Stories

Many years ago, I was on a quick flight from Tampa Fl, to New Orleans. Only a short time in the air. My mother and sister and I crammed ourselves into the tiny seats in the fully loaded plane and enjoyed an uncomfortable but to-be-expected flight…till it was time for us to land. The pilot […]

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Fearful Flight

October 12, 2007 Airplane Stories

I was flying from Colorado Springs to Washington National via Chicago O’Hare for a training course in the Research Triangle area. During take-off out of Chicago there was a loud noise from underneath the front aircraft, leading the pilot to believe that we may have blown a tire or something on the front landing gear. […]

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Stuck On The Plane Forever

October 12, 2007 Airplane Stories

Earlier this year I took a flight to Australia with United. It’s a flight I’ve taken a few times over. On this particular occasion, after a couple of hours layover in LAX, I took the flight to Australia. Approaching Sydney, the flight attendant told us that the weather would not allow us to land and […]

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Now Serving Grilled Chicken

October 12, 2007 Airplane Stories

Back in the 80’s I flew frequently between Las Vegas & San Fran (via Oakland Airport). One of my last flights home to Vegas was memorable. We started down the Oakland Airport runway, our airplane (2-engine) was gathering speed, we launched into the air, and just as the wheel gear pulled up a large shudder […]

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First Class Ticket To Disaster

October 12, 2007 Airplane Stories

I was on an Alaska Airlines flight from Orange County to Portland. I had flown this route several times a year as my family lives up in Portland, and at the time I was living away in Newport Beach. Since I was a frequent passenger, I racked up many air miles, and was usually able […]

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The Bearded Passenger From Hell

October 10, 2007 Weird People Stories

This is my “worst-ever, round trip flight from Pittsburgh, PA to Seattle, WA” story. The departing flight to Seattle was a non-stop flight, which I prefer. As I was already seated on the plane, awaiting everyone else to board, a man in the seat next to me kept jumping up and sorting through his enormous […]

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Foot Fetish

October 10, 2007 Weird People Stories

I travel a lot for my job, so I am used to crazy, strange, smelly, obnoxious, etc. people on flights – I’m usually ALWAYS the one who gets seated next to them. However, I was not prepared for what I experienced on a routine flight from JFK to Miami International. I sat in my aisle […]

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If You Think Commercial Air Travel Is Bad…

October 5, 2007 Odds & Ends Stories

Airline travel is, at best, uncomfortable, but traveling for the military is unbearable. The government contracts with a civilian company to fly large amounts of troops where they need to go. Most people would say that is better than flying on a cargo plane, but most people have never flown with the military. I was […]

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