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?

Mom Has a Lot of Nerve

June 30, 2014 Baby & Kid Stories

My husband and I were flying with our kids who were then four and eighteen months old. A woman who was sitting with her large two year old allowed the child to run up and down the aisle for most of the flight unattended as she watched a movie. When the FA told her to […]

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Seatmate Intrudes Into Personal Space

June 29, 2014 Seat Stories

I was recently on a flight from Hong Kong – Dubai – Sao Paulo on Emirates Airline. Oh how wrong I was when I thought that my last flight to Sao Paulo was going to be peaceful.

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Passenger Gets What He Didn’t Want

June 25, 2014 Portly Stories

I was heading home from San Francisco back to Phoenix. I checked in at Southwest Airlines and got, I think, seat B32. As I was sitting in the terminal by the gate, I heard a guy talking to a girl. His conversation centered around the fact that they both got “C” boarding passes and he […]

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Lack of Fuel Leaves Travelers in the Lurch

June 11, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

Thursday, April 24th, 2014. My daughter, who just graduated from college, and my wife were at Logan Airport in Boston for our long planned and awaited trip to Bermuda on JetBlue. The plane was right there in sight at the gate, fueled and ready to go.

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Airline Opposed to Traveler’s Offer

June 1, 2014 Odds & Ends Stories

I needed to make a flight from Western North Carolina to Des Moines, Iowa. I had a choice of several airports I could leave from, but chose Charlotte because it had the least expensive fare. Since it was Delta, it had to connect through Atlanta, Georgia. I booked the flight, and then I noticed that […]

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Fed Up with “Fully Booked” Response

May 16, 2014 Odds & Ends Stories

After a few relaxing days at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay’s sandy beaches, we headed back south to Ho Chi Minh City to catch our home bound night flight via Bangkok. We decided to try to upgrade to business class. At HMC ground staff was of no use and we were told to contact the […]

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Seven Years Old and Sick on Plane

May 13, 2014 Illness/Medical Stories

I was seven years old when I first flew. My second flight round trip was from Mazatlan to Phoenix on the now defunct America West Airlines. It was also my first plane ride from hell.

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Unruly Kids Tamed by Threat of Curse

May 4, 2014 Baby & Kid Stories

I was flying from Sydney to Melbourne not long ago and had the pleasure of sitting in front of three of the noisiest, misbehaved kids I have ever met. Their parents had bought seats in business class and did not once come back to check on their kids.

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Bigot Berates Young Traveler

April 30, 2014 Senior Stories

This took place not long ago when I had to fly to Singapore for a business meeting. I had taken a night flight to return to Bangkok hoping for some sleep. With luck, as I approached the gate, I could see no small children or babies. Breathing a sigh of relief I sat down and waited […]

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Broken Radio Part Triggers Travel Hell

April 28, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

Last year we went to Rome for a week for my 30th birthday and brought our then 2-year-old. The flight there was no problem other than our stroller getting lost (but it was a cheap umbrella stroller so I wasn’t too put out). I’d actually flown with him several times before that and had learned […]

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Shame On You JetBlue!

April 24, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

OK – Newark Airport seems to be undergoing much needed construction – perhaps the best kept secret of all. That does not excuse JetBlue for constantly delaying flights for hours on end, leaving customers to sit for hours with no information other than the constant e-mail, text and on-screen updates – 9:45 delayed – expected […]

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High School Band’s Travel Troubles

April 21, 2014 Delay/Cancellation Stories

It is Spring Break 2013, and I am flying from YVR (Vancouver, Canada) to LAX (Los Angeles, California) with my high school band to go to a major music festival. The first problem is that all 100 students arrived at 5:30 am and had lined up waiting to be checked in. I arrived at 6:00 when […]

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