delay/cancellation

Living in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa, my family and I decided to take a small holiday to Kariba Lake in Zimbabwe. Having arrived early at the airport to maximize our margin, we saw that the flight was delayed by an hour. This was already hard to handle as it was midsummer with scorching heat; the terminal […]

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We were flying to DCA from ROC for a meeting on US Airways through Philadelphia. The first flight was delayed. We arrived in Philadelphia with boarding passes in hand for the PHL-DCA flight, and fortunately the gate was immediately next to our arrival gate. The flight was boarding. Standby passengers were waiting at the gate […]

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I had thought/ hoped that I´d never have a story of my own to share here, but while this is maybe minor stuff compared to many other stories, it does qualify, I´d say. My co-worker and I were supposed to fly to Amsterdam and continue from there on our connecting flight to Germany. Due to […]

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I flew from PHX to Des Moines for work. Only direct flight was sold-out. Next best option? PHX-Denver-Des Moines. Sold out. OK, how about PHX-Minneapolis-Des Moines? Good to go. Only bad thing was the flight home. Only way was Des Moines to Detroit then Detroit to PHX. Ugh. So the flight there was uneventful. Flight […]

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There I was, trying to fly the day before Christmas. Barely twenty-one, and still naïve enough to think the world should open its door up to me and give me everything I wanted. I spent the past week down in the south, wearing shorts and eating well with friends from long ago. Christmas lights on […]

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Flying from Buffalo to Montreal with a 50 minute layover in Washington Dulles Airport. The first leg of the flight was delayed due to the inbound flight. At first 15 minutes, then another 15 minutes. At this point, I have 20 minutes to catch my next flight, and I had to check in my bag […]

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This story took place precisely a year ago, in January 2011. I had spent the last 3 months travelling in South America, and was finally returning home to Northern Europe. At the time of return I was waaay south of Chile, bordering the South Pole areas. So it was obviously going to be a long […]

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After spending a wonderful four weeks on a road trip along the east coast of Australia, we boarded our Emirates plane in Sydney to Munich via Dubai. After an uneventful 12 hour flight nearly all the way to Dubai, we learned that we were unable to land in Dubai due to fog. We would instead […]

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Although this happened a few years ago it has reinforced my need for an aisle or window seat. I had flown down to Cancun with my mom, aunt and cousin. We had a great time except for my aunt taking in more that her fair share of tequila. As we departed our lovely villa by […]

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Air travel is supposed to be convenient, save time and offer a chance to relax when going from one place to another. In reality, however, those hopes can often vanish amidst a series of mounting frustrations that leave a traveler wondering if it was worth boarding a plane in the first place. Just about every […]

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This took place when I was ten years old, on a charter to Aruba. We flew some horribly unprofessional airline, Xtra Airways. We always used to take a limo to Boston/Logan wickedly early in the morning, like 4:00 for a 6:00 departure time. The limo (car) showed up around 3:50, and so did the phone call […]

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I was dreading the flight even before take-off in Bhuj, India, near Pakistan. Not exactly on the map for international fun seekers. I was there as a media consultant for a Jain charity called Veerayatan. Security is tight at the airport and run by the Indian Army, so that means that it is a secure […]

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