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?

The “Fixed” Plane

March 23, 2018 Airplane Stories

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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Sickened by Soiled Seat

March 22, 2018 Odor Stories

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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Airlines Tag Team in Ruining Travel Experience

October 1, 2017 Delay/Cancellation Stories

This was my first international flight. I was going from Seattle to Tokyo on Air Canada back in December of 2015. I had heard about Air Canada and how they are typically late all the time and how they lose luggage, but my travel partner and I decided to fly with them anyway.

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Dear Air Canada, Call me…

August 11, 2017 Luggage Stories

So I like to think of myself as a relatively easy going person, particularly when it comes to travel, with the general idea that it will all work out eventually and isn’t worth freaking out about. This has made dealing with student-affordable airfare a little easier. Air Canada has broken me of this mindset.

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A Pocket Full of Vomit

August 6, 2017 Seat Stories

My sister and brother-in-law flew Virgin Airlines for a wedding anniversary celebration to Tahiti last year. Upon their return their reply to the question,”How was your holiday?” resulted in this story, and consequently I would never recommend this airline.

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Family Faces Travel Fiasco

July 7, 2017 Odds & Ends Stories

July 1st marked the worst travel experience my husband, daughter and I have ever had anywhere in the world. Beyond the massive delay and missed connection, the customer service from British Airways was horrific. It was not until we boarded our flight 6 hours later that we were able to speak to actual BA personnel. […]

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Travelers Tangle Over Baggage Placement

July 4, 2017 Luggage Stories

This probably wasn’t a flight from Hell, but it was at least from Heck, or maybe Purgatory.

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Old 747s and a Prayer

June 8, 2017 Airplane Stories

My spouse, a friend and I took a tour of the Holy Land last year. We all sat in the same row next to each other. Since I had flown internationally several times, I thought El Al Airlines would provide the same excellent international flying experience I had received on other airlines. Boy, was I […]

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