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?

Fearsome Flight in Guyana

May 18, 2013 Airplane Stories

While living in Guyana in the late 70’s with my family on US government business, my father and I had to travel to Matthew’s Ridge. The trip out on Guyana Airways was fine despite a plane change as the first one had a mechanical issue and the second had to be fueled from 55 gal […]

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Traveler’s Nightmare Flights

May 13, 2013 Odds & Ends Stories

I have done a lot of traveling and for the most part haven’t had any major issues, other than delays and missed connections. I have been on a couple of flights that were an absolute nightmare.

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Senior’s Shenanigans

May 11, 2013 Senior Stories

Whenever I fly, I pay extra for the exit row since I am 6’5″ tall. I also always book the aisle seat in that row. I try to fly business or first class but that is not always an option. As I was in the gate area I hear an elderly woman on her cell […]

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Strange Men with Black Bags

April 28, 2013 Odds & Ends Stories

So, I was boarding a flight from a great vacation at Disney in Orlando. After having such a great time nothing could get me down…or so I thought! I was riding premium economy on JetBlue to JFK then BOS. Once we boarded and got settled, there was a strange looking man sitting behind me. The […]

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Mr. Crazy

April 25, 2013 Weird People Stories

I was flying back to Boston from a whirlwind week in Southeast Asia for a destination wedding in the Philippines– a four flight journey, including three consecutive nights on airplanes. On my way to the tropical island for the wedding, one of the plane’s two turboprop engines failed (over water) – leading to an emergency […]

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Traveler Forced to Expose Sports Bra by TSA

April 21, 2013 Airport Stories

During Thanksgiving weekend 2009 I was flying back to my home after a visit with family in Midland, Texas. Going through security, I removed my jewelry and shoes and put them in bins and then put my purse in another bin. I was wearing a velour jogging suit with a sports bra underneath. I was […]

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Train Better than Plane

April 19, 2013 Flying Hell Commentary

After many years of enduring being treated like some criminal for trying to fly, I have decided to take the train.

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Boorish Behemoth

April 17, 2013 Portly Stories

I had one trip that sticks out in my memory. My wife had departed several days early to MCO and our 4 year old daughter and I were following to join her. We had the window and middle seat. I had tried to get first class but was told it was sold out.

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Pile of Poop

April 15, 2013 Senior Stories

It was April Fools Day 2013 and we were flying Southwest from RDU to MCO. We were seated front row left. An overweight senior male was seated aisle seat, front row right. Thirty minutes into our 1.5 hour flight we started to smell poop. We were thinking maybe someone’s baby needed a diaper change?

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Random Search

April 5, 2013 Airport Stories

Last May, I traveled to Saint Louis to visit my daughter. I’m a very nervous flier and had not traveled by plane in almost 10 years. One reason I dread flying is that I am always selected for a random search. So, to avoid problems, I paid to check my bag and only took my […]

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Pissed Off FA Takes It Out On Passengers

April 3, 2013 Attendant & Pilot Stories

I was flying out of MSP on UAL and it was right after they had cutbacks for United. The flight attendants were really pissed off and taking it out on the passengers, focusing on Premier members. It was boiling hot in the airport and I took off my sweater and put it in a small […]

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Angry at Customs Agents

April 2, 2013 Airport Stories

I have flown abroad many times and have repeatedly noticed that the US customs agents are by far the most unfriendly and rude.

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