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?

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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Security Breached by Wandering Smoker

March 31, 2013 Airport Stories

I’m 17, it’s 1978, and flying back from England after having taken my grandfather home. The departing flight is delayed, and due to union rules or something, rather than flying into DC and then on to Detroit, the plane is rerouted to Detroit, and I have a 4 hour layover very late at night.

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Airplane Door Flies Open

March 31, 2013 Airplane Stories

Many years ago I was getting ready to fly from Frobisher Bay in Northwest Territories to Hall Beach. We were on an Arctic expedition for the International Geophysical Year and had been flying in some very old aircraft during that time. Our whole team was on that DC-3 heading to Hall Beach in the Northwest […]

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Passenger Lacking Meds Suffers Panic Attacks

March 29, 2013 Passenger Stories

I checked my bag for a flight to Canada that I missed due to being delayed by TSA. I was rebooked for another flight later in the day, and boarded this flight. The cabin crew was very unfriendly and was insistent that they check my carry on bag (which was a delicate sewing machine and embroidery attachments). I did […]

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Polyester Leisure Suited Passenger

March 26, 2013 Odds & Ends Stories

Nineteen seventy-eight, I’m 17 years old, and flying from the US to take my grandfather home to England. He’d had a massive stroke, and needed a great deal of assistance. As his left side was paralyzed, I had to zip him up after he went to the bathroom. Since I was meeting relatives I hadn’t […]

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Stressed Out by Security, Kids and Sickness

March 15, 2013 Baby & Kid Stories

About two years ago an opportunity came up for me to travel to India through a program with the university that I attended. I was a little nervous about such a long flight, and since I was flying coach I expected it to be a little rough. On the way to India I “lucked out” […]

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Traveler Steamed over Slow Service

March 12, 2013 Attendant & Pilot Stories

I fly about 7 times a year for business and pleasure, and never gave much thought to my flight attendant. Some are better or more personable than others, but I’ve never experienced a flat-out “bad” one – until my most recent flight. Returning home from Tampa to Raleigh-Durham, I said “Hello” to the one lone […]

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