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?

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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Old Lady Can’t Get No Satisfaction

October 3, 2007 Senior Stories

I was flying from St. Louis to Denver on a humid summer day. The aircraft was hot and stuffy as we pushed back from the gate and taxied toward the runway. As we waited our turn to take off, the elderly lady in the seat in front of me began to complain loudly about the […]

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Cock Gets Clocked

October 3, 2007 Animal Stories

Twenty years ago I took a flight home from the Dominican Republic that was totally full and there was a lot of commotion as people were getting situated. After everyone was sitting and we were preparing to take off, I heard what I thought was a chicken cluck. After a minute or so it got […]

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No Rest For The Weary

October 3, 2007 Senior Stories

I was recently on a red eye flight across the U.S. – after a 2 hour delay we were finally airborne. I proceeded to recline my seat when the elderly man behind me starting throwing a child-like temper tantrum, hitting and kicking my seat complaining that he had no room. I decided to be the […]

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Spewing Green Liquid

June 10, 2007 Weird People Stories

I was waiting in the concourse for a flight out of Miami. I noticed a woman with wild eyes acting fidgety and erratically. I thought to myself that I hoped she wasn’t going to board the same plane. After boarding the plane and after the door was closed, I was relieved that she wasn’t on […]

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