June 2010

Last year I took Royal Jordanian from Bangkok to Amman and back with a group of my friends. Now, I’ve taken a lot of flights that had issues, but this may genuinely have been the worst one I’ve ever taken. I was on a connecting flight from Singapore and had a 6 hour layover. Not […]

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I was once on a return trip home to the UK with friends and family after a fab trip abroad in the sun. The flight itself was fine and actually quite pleasant. However when we touched down and stopped at the end of the runway, everyone immediately stood up and started to grab their luggage. […]

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On a flight from Grand Rapid, MI to Atlanta we all boarded the small Comair plane and were immediately asked to get off because there were “mechanical problems.” We all went back into the gate lounge and waited for the problem to be resolved. Two hours later, we were allowed to re-board. I was sitting […]

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On New Year’s Eve I flew from Miami to Atlanta. My frequent flier program automatically upgrades me to first class when seats are available which was the case for this trip. When the gate attendant announced that boarding would soon begin, people began crowding around the walkway entrance as they usually do. About 10 minutes […]

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I recently flew from Australia to the United States to visit family for Thanksgiving. My mother has flown to Australia a couple of times in United Economy Plus, so I asked her before I flew if she thought it was worth it to upgrade. She told me, “Absolutely! You’re closer to the front of the […]

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It was June 2003 and I had just moved to Georgia because I had been stationed there with the Navy. I was taking a flight from Columbia, SC to Boca Raton, FL to meet my at-the-time boyfriend’s grandparents. Thankfully it was a short flight. I had been dealing with a freaky (for me) head cold […]

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The last flight I took was a painful cliche. I boarded to find myself next to a row on the left with a Indian looking mom/daughter who had no qualms over chit chatting in Hindu non stop, quite loud too. It was hard to believe the other was listening as they were both talking simultaneously… […]

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This is not near as bad as some of the other stories but it really irritated me. I received the call on December 11 that my mother had passed away from complications of polycystic kidney disease. I had made it through two full capacity flights and my third flight from Chicago to Atlanta was on […]

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Just have to say that this site has been an oasis to me – to reflect and perhaps even laugh about the calamities we encounter in commercial aviation. One such nightmare was onboard Air India, or “Scare India” as my family called it then. On or around 1998 I was travelling from DXB to BKK and was […]

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Whatever you do, do NOT take a bottle of wine from the fridge at the Air New Zealand Business/First lounge at Auckland International Airport! Even if you ask a waitress if it is OK (and she says No Problem), you will be confronted by the Manager who will ask if you are travelling alone. And […]

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My story happened several years ago, but it still irritates me. I was flying from New York to Michigan with a family friend who was a minor at the time. We had already had a horrible time just getting to the airport (a transformer overheated and caused a minor blackout in Manhattan, shutting down the […]

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I’ve been flying for most of my career, so I’ve seen my share of aborted landings, drunks, medical issues and, of course, my share of delays. But this evening I hope never to repeat. The scene: Nashville Tennessee to Chicago Illinois, August 2007 My flight was scheduled to depart at around 7:00pm, and I had […]

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