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?

Kind Passenger Shafted for Switching Seats

November 29, 2013 Seat Stories

Many years ago (15) I was on the Paris to Washington DC flight on an airline I forgot. I seated myself on an aisle seat; a Vietnamese woman and her child were seated next to me.  She was chatting with her husband who was seated behind me. The husband approached me and said that he […]

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Traveler Arrested for “Terrorist Threat”

November 26, 2013 Airport Stories

I was supposed to fly on Hawaiian Airlines today, November 18th, 2013 in Oahu, Honolulu. We were in line to check in our bags. Normally I can carry two carry-ons. The airline agent said only one was allowed and to read the sign. I asked to speak to someone else; she kept telling me to […]

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Bumped on Head for Blocking Lane

November 25, 2013 Airport Stories

I was on my way home from Florida, going through security at FLL. Like at most airports, the area the line goes through right by the X-ray machines is very narrow. A woman decided to stop right there and put her shoes back on, blocking the rest of the line from getting through.

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Child Upchucks on Mr. Cranky

November 23, 2013 Baby & Kid Stories

Back in the 90’s my husband was an US airman stationed in Italy. We had been overseas for about a year, and were looking at about another four years in front of us. We decided that it was time to go back home for a visit. We were flying with our then three year old […]

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Traveler Tongue Lashed for Trying to Help

November 17, 2013 Airport Stories

Just last month my husband and I were headed out of town for a wedding. As we waited in line at airport security, a family in front of us were putting their belongings into the required screening bins, and they had so much stuff they used the last bin in the stack.

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Troubled by a Testy Traveler

October 11, 2013 Airport Stories

My wife and I were flying home from Vegas a few years ago. We got to our airport departure lounge with about an hour to spare. It was crowded, and we were seated near the end of our row of seats. Lots of luggage was strewn throughout our aisle. The restrooms were located at the opposite […]

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Terrifying Flight in Aer Lingus Turboprop

October 4, 2013 Airplane Stories

Every year my family and I fly from Cardiff, Wales to Dublin, Ireland with Aer Lingus. The flight is around one hour. The plane they use is an ATT 72-500 series aircraft. It’s a turboprop and it can carry around 80 people in a 2-2 configuration. The last time we flew with them we had […]

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Stranded on Plane Due to Strike by Ground Staff

September 29, 2013 Airport Stories

I’ve definitely read worse horror flying stories than mine… and mine had some up moments… but, I’ll share anyway.

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Barbie the Bitch

September 15, 2013 Seat Stories

I recently caught a flight from Hobart to Melbourne with my husband and our seven-year-old son (henceforth John and Josh, respectively, for brevity’s sake). This flight is generally just over an hour and there’s hardly any worse weather than a stiff breeze to bump us around – however this time, one miserable little cow managed […]

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Airline Refuses to Accommodate Stuck Travelers

September 11, 2013 Delay/Cancellation Stories

Here is just a glimpse of the nightmare that we went through which was created by American Eagle Airline. After arriving at Chicago from Miami, we proceeded to our gate to connect to our final destination. While walking to our gate, we noticed that it was raining. It didn’t last long, and actually by the […]

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Babysitter for Parents in Business Class

August 30, 2013 Baby & Kid Stories

Have spent the last few summers in England /Europe; graduate of Cambridge and found my boyfriend there. No stranger to the trip from San Francisco to London and back. This last trip August, 2013 was different. Always request the aisle seat; got it no problem. Settled in waiting for my seatmates; they arrive – two […]

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Portly Flight Attendant Bumps into Passenger

August 19, 2013 Portly Stories

Just got back from 2 weeks in Hawaii. Here’s just a little hell, given the vacation was paradise. The return Maui (OGG) to San Francisco (SFO) “bus” as I call it left relatively on time. This is an everyday route and you get a wide variety of passengers: partying tourists, islanders off to the mainland, […]

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