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?

I am a frequent flyer on most major airlines traveling for business and personal reasons. As a VIP member on most airlines, I am finding it more and more difficult to receive appropriate service in business and first class.



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I flew First Class on a Lufthansa 747 from FRA to LAX back in 2016. I was seated in 2A while he was in 1D. He boards and he’s chatting with some other first class passenger and they settle in. Everything is going normal.



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From numerous times I’ve spent in airports and on airplanes (and over 20 years working in theme parks), here are the tips, tricks and tells I learned on how to avoid getting sick. Some parts are satire, but most is legit!



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Here are a few vignettes I’ve been saving up. Not flights from hell, perhaps, but certainly purgatory.

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My flight on Delta was delayed by 26 minutes. The counter person generously upgraded me to the 12th row so I could make my connecting flight in SLC. I thought to myself, okay… we can do this, the layover is 1 hour. While on the flight, I noticed that the Flight Tracker showed our plane diverting up over the Great Lakes. I thought WTF? I was pleased to see the plane change directions more toward SLC.

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My flight from hell happened in October of 2012. Everything went wrong on so many levels that we’ll just start from the top.

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This story took place on March 30, 2018. We left our home at 5:30 am to catch Alaska Airlines Flight 2092 out of Redmond, Oregon to Portland. All seemed normal until we passed through security. I happened to check the flight schedule board and discovered that the flight was delayed from a 7:15 am departure to 8:05 am. That was not enough time to catch our Hawaiian Airlines 9:15 am flight. The agent checking us in knew this but said nothing.

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Wanted to let everyone know about me getting ripped off for $1,000 by Virgin Atlantic airlines.

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Backpacker’s Journey to Hell

April 14, 2018 Odds & Ends Stories

In my backpacking days I was travelling once on the final few legs of a couple of months exploring India, Nepal and Southeast Asia. I had grown accustomed to delays and setbacks, but this journey home was especially trying.

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The “Fixed” Plane

March 23, 2018 Airplane Stories

So, last minute family trip – DCA to MSP on Delta. For those who don’t know, Washington National (DCA) isn’t exactly the largest airport, and that includes the runway.

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Sickened by Soiled Seat

March 22, 2018 Odor Stories

Travelling business class from Manila (MNL) to Narita (NRT) last Friday, a middle-aged man ambled onto the plane with a cane. His face looked very pained as he got into the seat next to me, which I put down to walking with a cane.

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No Response for Groping Complaint

March 4, 2018 Passenger Stories

Just another sad story on how poorly large companies treat customers. This time it is an airline – AER LINGUS.

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