united airlines

Flight Freak Outs

February 28, 2010

in Flying Hell Blog

What is it about flying that makes seemingly normal people go bonkers? There are countless news stories, including some on our site, about passengers who turn belligerent, become violent, or commit bizarre acts. Transgressions aren’t limited solely to passengers. Recently a Delta flight was canceled because two female flight attendants reportedly got into a fistfight, […]

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As a student, I tend to travel as cheaply as possible, but my frequent trips also necessitate air travel. Spring break my senior year found me traveling from my hometown of Sioux Falls, SD, to Waco, TX, to interview for a graduate school. Timing was tight, and I was due to return on the Sunday […]

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Can a flight where nothing bad happened be a flight from hell? Several years ago, I was flying UA from Burbank.  At this point, I don’t even remember where I was going.  I just remember that it was a two-plane trip – it had a stop where I had to change planes.  The night before […]

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I had planned my trip home for Christmas well in advance, to make sure I would get a comfortable aisle seat for my large 6’5″ frame. I arrived at SFO and checked in at the gate well in advance (about 2hrs) of my flight. A few minutes after boarding the plane, an elderly gentleman came […]

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Working The System

February 2, 2010

in Airport Stories

In August of 2008, my daughter, wife and I flew from St. Louis to Jackson Hole, WY with Frontier Airlines. We connected through Denver. We planned somewhat poorly, with our last day in Yellowstone being our daughter’s last day of summer vacation. But we did have a great trip… at least until our attempt to […]

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Started off real nice. I was going from California to Oklahoma City on United Airlines. I have C.O.P.D. and can hardly walk and breathe now. Requested wheelchair ahead of time at each airport. Going was real great. Wheelchair at each airport and even at the door to the plane. Now the return trip was a different […]

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Several years ago, on a trip from Hartford to San Francisco, we had to change planes at ORD.  We were on United. The first leg of the trip was uneventful (in the words of John Cleese: “it was relatively crash-free”).  We had a short connection, but we made it to our gate in time.  We […]

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I am a retired United FA and boy, do I have stories… from a baby croc stashed in a carry-on from Florida (that escaped onboard and bit some ankles), to a stow-away in the crew bunk room from London to San Fran (he was Hungarian and could only translate through drawing stick figures that he […]

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United: Dulles to London Heathrow Good weather for a 6pm departure, sunny Summer evening. The flight is full. The doors are closed, the preflight brief is given, and the plane pushes back from the gate. We sit 20 feet from the gate for the next four hours while United tries to fix a technical problem. […]

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Four years ago, I was returning back from Beijing to San Francisco with my mother. She had joined me on a business trip as she had never been to China and my father was not a big traveler. So this trip had been a big treat for her and it had gone very well. To […]

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So I was in Denver visiting my boyfriend. My United flight was supposed to leave Denver for OKC at 7:30 p.m. The flight was delayed until 10:00 p.m. Okay, I could deal with that. When we finally boarded the plane we sat there for an hour; I guess they had to refuel. After we finally […]

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I have been flying as a passenger on airlines for more than 30 years and have had many years of 100 flights or more annually. My originating city is Chicago, so naturally I am a frequent United passenger. Airlines often make accommodations for their most frequent customers to provide them consideration to be moved to […]

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