Non-Story Archives

Below are comments and advice about flying submitted by others, and blog posts from the administrator. The pieces are archived since only stories are now posted on the website.

Okay, you can’t, and that’s my point. I have learned, over the years, a simple, basic fact that really helps me to have a decent flying experience no matter what actually happens on the flight. And that fact is: Flying sucks. The seats suck. The other people are likely to suck. The food, if it […]

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While I don’t like it when they person in front of me reclines their seat, there is not much I can do about it. Some will argue that since the seat reclines, they have a right to use that function. Some will argue that they paid to have enough room to survive a flight, and […]

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So, what did you think? You purchased a ticket to fly from point A to B. The expectation is that you’ll have a comfortable seat and arrive at your destination on time. I think for the most part, barring situations out of the airlines control, that is what you get. The trouble is… for the […]

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Flight Freak Outs

February 28, 2010

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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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I want to tell you that back in the 70’s air travel was an adventure and people who sat in First Class did indeed wear suit coats and women wore dresses. The food (even in coach) was actually tasty and you could tell that people cared when you had cloth napkins and fine wine glasses […]

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Concerns about airline security have been on the forefront of international consciousness. Efforts being undertaken to provide safe air travel have led to debates about security versus personal privacy. Stories are posted on Flights From Hell describing  grievances about poor treatment received by airport security staff (click here for the most recent one).  While the videos below definitely won’t allay […]

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#1) We fly coach from South America to the United States with American Airlines at least once a year. In the last years, we have been noticing that seats have been changed. Seats are more close together and they can recline less. This is no problem for a 2 or 3 hour flight; but for […]

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Recently two travel bloggers – Christopher Elliott (Elliott.org) and Steve Frischling (Flying With Fish) were served subpoenas by Department of Homeland Security agents for posting a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive on their blogs. The directive outlined security procedures that were being implemented in response to the attempted destruction of a US airplane via a bomb […]

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The seats are designed to recline, and each passenger has the right to recline their seats when it’s been announced that it’s OK. On more than one occasion, when sitting in a window seat, the man (it’s always a man) has kicked my seat repeatedly until it moves forward from the force of the kicking. […]

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I came to this site expecting a laugh. What I got were a bunch of pampered, whining babies. Most of these stories make me sick to my stomach. YOU guys are exactly whom I do not want to sit by. YOU guys are just as guilty as the people you write about of ruining flights. […]

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Without a doubt, I have had my share of bad, even unbelievably bad, experiences in the ugly skies. There was the time I helped push an airport van through snow in Austin, Texas (snow? yes, it happens) and when we got to the airport, with all the passengers seated and ready to go, we learned […]

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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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