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?

Flustered by Farts in the Face

October 14, 2014 Senior Stories

This had to be one of the worst few minutes of flying that I have ever endured. My story began as I was taking a flight from Paris, France to Athens, Greece with Air France. The flight was supposed to take around 3 to 3.5 hours. And for most of that time it was just […]

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Delta Stands for: Doesn’t Ever Leave The Airport

October 12, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

Here we go with the terrible travel trip. Thursday 5AM: Wake up to pack. 8AM: Arrive at airport. 10AM: Flight to Philly is delayed due to weather. One hour. (That’s fine, I can accept this.) 11AM: Flight is cancelled due to plane not being able to turn left. (Swear on my soul.)

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Screeching Screaming Siren of Woe

October 10, 2014 Baby & Kid Stories

Worse than an infant — who brings a three-year old and a five-year old on an international first class flight? VS20, San Francisco to London on September 23, 2014, someone brought not one but two young children in first class.

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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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Bubblegum-Flavored Medicine Raises Suspicion

September 29, 2014 Illness/Medical Stories

A couple of years ago, my five-year old daughter and I were flying from Toronto to Tampa to visit my parents who were wintering in Florida. Unfortunately when we left, my daughter had a mild illness (just the kind of routine thing that kids get) and had been prescribed liquid antibiotics for it, as at […]

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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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