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I’m a frequent flier but my family is new to this, even though they are becoming more “frequent.” I’ll share a couple of stories, even though they probably don’t rate anywhere the seriousness of most of these posts.

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I was flying from Amsterdam to Toronto after an 8 hour stopover in Amsterdam, so I was very tired. Everything was going OK until one mom decided to give her kid a tablet which had some songs on it. For the next four hours this kid was playing “I’m a Gummy Bear” on full blast while some […]

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I am a retired airline captain and a number of years ago I had a cargo flight out of Bogotá, Columbia. The airport is over 8,200 feet above sea level, so I knew my old four engine DC-8 would be struggling to get airborne even with the two mile long runway. The weather was in […]

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Not a bad story, but I just want to share this thought. I love pilots; so much appreciate that I get to see my family in California, Colorado and England every year because of them. However, I just want to offer this little bit of advice if you don’t mind.

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So there I was flying home to Salt Lake City from a nice vacation in Florida on the Gulf Coast. I am not overly fond of flying to begin with, but if I’m going to leave this earth I want to see what’s coming, so I always book a window seat.

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I was flying from West Palm Beach back to New York on a small Delta regional type of aircraft. In the first class were single seats on the right and doubles on the left, with one small bathroom in the front of the plane.

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Every year my family and I fly from Cardiff, Wales to Dublin, Ireland with Aer Lingus. The flight is around one hour. The plane they use is an ATT 72-500 series aircraft. It’s a turboprop and it can carry around 80 people in a 2-2 configuration. The last time we flew with them we had […]

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I was scheduled to fly US Airways from NAS to BWI with a plane change in PHL. I arrived at the airport and waited, only to have the flight delayed for an hour. After a few grumbles from us sunburned travelers, we waited for another hour – not that bad. As soon as we got […]

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In 2001 I went up to Boston with my family for a wedding on US Airways. Getting up there was no problem, but getting home to Washington DC was a nightmare.

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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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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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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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