delay/cancellation

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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Flying Cathay Pacific direct from Hong Kong to Toronto one August. Let’s count all the things that went wrong: 1. I sat behind two babies, next to a couple with two babies, in front of one baby, and to the right of yet another baby across the aisle. None were enjoying their flight.

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Departed Sydney, Australia for Helsinki, Finland via Singapore on 4/10/12. Plane diverted to Darwin because of smoke in the cabin. Spent 1.5 hours waiting in a departure hall, 1.5 hours standing in a line waiting to be processed through immigration, and about 2.5 hours in a queue waiting to be given accommodation for the evening. […]

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A Flight from Hell where I was the problem (for someone who deserved it). Now I unburden myself and plead for the forgiveness of the readers.

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I was waiting to board my last flight from JFK to Orlando after a long journey home from Bangkok. I was tired and hungry, and just wanted to see my family after being away for three months. The Delta flight was delayed due to our aircraft’s late arrival. An hour went by. The plane arrived, […]

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On August 20th, 3 colleagues and I left Newark Airport destination Rio de Janeiro via Charlotte, NC for a 3-day business trip. After a 2 hour layover in Charlotte, US Airways Flight 800 left to Rio de Janeiro around 10:30 PM. About one hour into the flight, the captain announces that we have a “red […]

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I know this is not necessarily a flight from hell, as most of it went pretty smoothly, but we did experience a delay that I found funny so I wanted to share. I was flying from PHX to MSP, so it was a large plane and it was booked full. Boarding took quite a long […]

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It was the end of May 2010 and I was going with five other people on a medical mission trip to Kenya, right after graduation from my nurse practitioner program. We were flying Delta from Atlanta to Nairobi via Amsterdam. About an hour or so after we took off, the captain got on the PA […]

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I was flying from Boston to Billings, MT via Detroit and Denver (the only way to get a decent fare was to have two stops). The Boston-Detroit leg was uneventful, and I wandered around the Detroit airport looking for a way to pass the time on my two-hour layover. I then heard an announcement over […]

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My partner and I were scheduled to leave DC on US Air on Flight 3243 to arrive home in Kansas City on Sunday, August 12, 2012. We started receiving robo-messages about a delayed flight (6 in total all with different departure times) before we reached the airport. When we arrived at the security gate the […]

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My daughter and I were booked on an AirTran flight from Milwaukee to Washington DC on Sunday Aug 5th. During the day I went online and realized early that the flight was delayed by two hours, re-scheduled to depart at 9:30 PM. But common sense and advice tells you to go to the airport as […]

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Recently while travelling from Nashville to Winnipeg, what began as a typical Monday morning standard routine flying day turned into one of the most miserable travel experiences I have experienced in over thirty years of travel. I arrived at the airport at 4:30am for a regularly scheduled flight on Delta to Minneapolis at 6:05am and […]

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