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?

Lack of Service for Lost Luggage

October 8, 2014 Luggage Stories

I flew from Newark to San Francisco on September 11, 2014 on United. I had business meetings the next day, weekend social events, and then further company meetings in Las Vegas, so I had packed numerous expensive and varied outfits, etc.

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Advice Offered On How to End Up On This Site

October 4, 2014 Flying Hell Commentary

Just to have a little fun, I figure I’d share a few common sense pointers on how to increase the likelihood of having one of your flights end up on this website (or have someone else complain about you here).

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Gooey Blob of Mayo Lands on Lap

September 16, 2014 Food & Drink Stories

During a flight a few years ago, I had an aisle seat and an Asian guy in his mid-20s had the window seat (middle seat was empty). At the gate before boarding, it was clear that he didn’t understand or speak English well. A half-hour into the flight, I noticed he was fast asleep, head […]

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Bugger All Airlines

September 14, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

British Airlines came highly recommended by friends so I bought a ticket round trip from New York to Madrid. All owned by the same corporation, the first leg of the flight was on American, my return will be on Iberia.

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Portly Guy Chows Down on Potato Chips

September 10, 2014 Portly Stories

I was once on a direct flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa (15.5 hours) and had the good fortune of sitting next to a hugely obese man who was sweating profusely. His butt barely fit into his seat, and when he sat down he had to lift his belly up and drape it over […]

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Traveler Humiliated by TSA

September 7, 2014 Airport Stories

My line of work means I get involved with the US DOD fairly often. Unfortunately I also fit the “profile” of the type of chap the TSA likes to stop, being of a certain race with a certain surname. Being British-born and raised probably doesn’t help. Normally I just get the few odd second security […]

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Stranded Minor Confronted with Poor Service

September 5, 2014 Airport Stories

My flight TG433 from Jakarta to Bangkok got cancelled. Normal enough. The whole Jakarta to Bangkok flight that normally flies everyday got cancelled for a week, without any email notifications. This was around the end of June 2014.

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Grabby Brat Spoils Passenger’s Sleep

August 29, 2014 Baby & Kid Stories

This was two years ago on Virgin Atlantic from Chicago to Heathrow. I was up all night the day before because I had several work projects I had to finish, and because I wanted to make sure I’d be exhausted and tired enough to fall asleep on the flight.

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Dissed by a D-Bag

July 29, 2014 Passenger Stories

I was lucky to have the aisle seat for my trip from New York to England, but too bad it didn’t do me much justice when this complete douche bag, who appeared to be a bit older than me, sat next to me. Obviously at first he didn’t seem bad. He got to his middle […]

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Drunkard and Lost Luggage Create Flying Fiasco

July 26, 2014 Odds & Ends Stories

Only minutes before takeoff, the seat beside me was still vacant when at the very last moment a harried looking man, clutching a well-worn bag and sweating profusely, looked in my direction as the stewardess pointed him to the last remaining seat. He stuffed his bag in the overhead bin and slumped down beside me. […]

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