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?

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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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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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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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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Prohibited from Sitting in Paid, Upgraded Seats

January 7, 2018 Seat Stories

Dear Flights From Hell. I read an article on your site regarding a passenger’s poor experience with Etihad Airways and felt it was important to fellow passengers that I share my own.

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Terrifying Turbulence Causes Passenger to Puke

November 12, 2017 Weather Stories

A few years ago I was flying from Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) to Cozumel International (CZM) on an Air Canada Airbus A320-200. Now, take note that I am an experienced flier, and even as a baby on a plane I barely cried. Now, as an adult, this is the flight that made tears fall, and killed […]

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