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?

Foot Fetish

October 10, 2007 Weird People Stories

I travel a lot for my job, so I am used to crazy, strange, smelly, obnoxious, etc. people on flights – I’m usually ALWAYS the one who gets seated next to them. However, I was not prepared for what I experienced on a routine flight from JFK to Miami International. I sat in my aisle […]

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If You Think Commercial Air Travel Is Bad…

October 5, 2007 Odds & Ends Stories

Airline travel is, at best, uncomfortable, but traveling for the military is unbearable. The government contracts with a civilian company to fly large amounts of troops where they need to go. Most people would say that is better than flying on a cargo plane, but most people have never flown with the military. I was […]

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Immobilized By A Reclining Seat

October 5, 2007 Seat Stories

I was on a British Airways flight from Miami to London, and my friend was seated behind one of the most obnoxious passengers I have ever seen. He was somewhat surly when awake, but he almost immediately put his seat all the way back in her lap and did not move for the entire seven […]

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Reclining Seat Vs. Long Legs

October 5, 2007 Seat Stories

I was on a flight from Dallas to San Jose, CA. The pilot had just turned off the fasten seatbelt sign, and the man in front of me tried to recline his seat. I say tried to, because I am six feet tall, sitting in a window seat, and there was no way he could […]

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Crushed Legs Ruins Rest

October 5, 2007 Seat Stories

I boarded a plane and sat in my seat in second class. Wanting to relax from a very long day, I put my seat in a reclining position. Suddenly the man behind me let out a blood-curdling scream – MY LEGS! MY LEGS! GET OFF MY LEGS! All eyes in the cabin were on me. […]

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Stinky From Seatmate’s Sweat

October 4, 2007 Odor Stories

This was truly my flight from Hell. I was working in Nashville looking to get home to San Diego after being gone for 2 weeks. First Leg: Nashville to Las Vegas, I did not do my normal Southwest flight but rather my admin set me on some other funky airline where they assign you seats. […]

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Gassy Passenger

October 4, 2007 Odor Stories

I was on a night flight from Bangkok to Shanghai and was catching some sleep when the guy beside me started to burp loudly (and to remind you some burping comes with smell), next he started snoring loud enough for the world to hear, and to increase my ordeal he farted! That was the worse […]

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Girlfriend’s Armpits Beats Passenger’s B.O.

October 4, 2007 Odor Stories

On my way back from Germany in 2003, I had the pleasure of being seated next to a man and his family. It took only seconds after he sat down for me to realize that evidently he did not believe in deodorant. And for the next 13 hours, with every shift in position he made, […]

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First Come, First Served

October 3, 2007 Animal Stories

Last year was my first time in the United States (I moved to Florida after I graduated from college), and for Christmas, I decided to go home to the Bahamas to spend the holidays with my mother. Since it is only me and my pet cat living in Florida, I thought it would be cool […]

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Wifey Punched By Elderly “Sleepwalker”

October 3, 2007 Senior Stories

Wifey and I were on a trip to the Philippines and taking our toddlers, one of 10 months, the older just under 2. Due to airline regs, we could not sit next to each other, and I ended up in the row behind wifey. We were flying on Philippine Air Lines, (PAL) which a Filipino […]

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Nursing Home In The Sky

October 3, 2007 Senior Stories

In the high-flying, heady days of the Internet, I was working at a firm in Boston, MA and was attending a conference in San Jose, CA. I was flying back to Boston on a flight with one stop in Denver. The flight to Denver was uneventful, but there we picked up a large group of […]

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Carry-on Luggage Contains Surprise

October 3, 2007 Animal Stories

After boarding a flight from Denver to Nashville, I noticed that the scruffy-looking couple (mid 20’s) in the row in front of me were having a hard time deciding what to do with their gym bag-sized carry-on. Their indecisiveness was getting in the way of people boarding, so they finally just sat down (switching seats […]

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